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Rethink: Interdisciplinary evaluation of academic workspaces

Sarah Backhouse, Clare Newton, Kenn Fisher, Ben Cleveland, Lucio Naccarella, Avlokita Agrawal (ed.), Rajat Gupta (ed.)

53rd International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2019 | Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) | Published : 2019


Academic workspace remains an emotive topic. It is bound tightly with each academic’s identity, purpose and status. As universities increasingly focus on cross-disciplinary collaboration to producenew knowledge, the sanctuary of the individual office is under challenge. Inspired by precedents in the commercial world, universities are experimenting with more open workspace environments with a desire topromote collaborationand increasespace utilisation.However,there is resistance withintheacademic community. Given this context, there is a surprising paucity of research into the design and occupation of academic workspaces. This research begins..

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