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New thinking on office design


Although chiefly aimed at those in education, Horizon On-Line often covers issues of interest or concern to HR managers. A contributor to this week’s TRDEV-L digest highlighted the question of office design in the era of virtual communication.

Date: Sat, 23 Oct 1999 12:08:17 -0400
From: "James L. Morrison"
Subject: Sept-Oct Issue of On the Horizon

On the Horizon On-Line is a strategic planning publication published in print form by Jossey-Bass publications and published under contract in online form by UNC-Chapel Hill on its Horizon Web page.

Below is one abstract from the September-October 1999 issue.

You may be in an organization with an institutional online subscription ( If you are not, ask your librarian to request a 60-day trial subscription, which will allow everyone in your organization to have access to OTH On-Line without logging on (your e-mail IP address does this automatically).

Please forward this announcement to colleagues who can benefit from a print and Web-based periodical that focuses on signals of change on the horizon . . .


Space: The Final Frontier
Donald M. Norris
President, Strategic Initiatives, Inc.

The advent of virtual communication means more than just new ways of doing things it also means new concepts of physical space. Buildings designed with face-to-face classes and business meetings in mind must be redesigned as many of these activities begin to take place online. At the same time, public spaces must satisfy the everpresent human needs for interaction and community. Donald Norris surveys several campuses experimenting with multifunctional and fused-use facilities, as well as some urban centers recreating our concepts of museums, zoos, and public areas. For anyone
interested in the physical ramifications of technology, this article tells where to look for new innovations.


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