Friday, December 21, 2007

Is Less More?

I just ran across an article that very nicely puts historic architectural context to the concept that when building sustainable buildings, less is sometimes more. As a facility programmer, this is a battle that I fight with clients regularly: do you really need XXX? Could XXX space serve two (or more) purposes? What if you changed the way you work and the new policies resulted in the requirement for less space?

This article explores a couple of past “starchitects”: Frank Lloyd Wright and Le Corbusier. Wright believed that a beautiful and functional home could be 1,000 SF or less, and could use outdoor space as part of the home’s living area. Corbu ‘s theory was merely to eliminate wasted space.

Surely these are theories that could easily be translated into office design. For the full article, visit Green Building Insider

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