Make Space: How to Set the Stage for Creative Collaboration

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John Wiley & Sons, Dec 30, 2011 - Architecture - 272 pages
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"If you are determined to encourage creativity and provide acollaborative environment that will bring out the best in people,you will want this book by your side at all times."
—Bill Moggridge, Director of the Smithsonian'sCooper-Hewitt National Design Museum

"Make Space is an articulate account about theimportance of space; how we think about it, build it and thrive init."
—James P. Hackett, President and CEO, Steelcase

An inspiring guidebook filled with ways to alter space tofuel creative work and foster collaboration.

Based on the work at the Stanford University and itsEnvironments Collaborative Initiative, MakeSpace is a tool that shows how space can be intentionallymanipulated to ignite creativity. Appropriate for designers chargedwith creating new spaces or anyone interested in revamping anexisting space, this guide offers novel and non-obvious strategiesfor changing surroundings specifically to enhance the ways in whichteams and individuals communicate, work, play--and innovate.

Inside are:
Tools--tips on how to build everything from furniture, towall treatments, and rigging
Situations--scenarios, and layouts for sparking creativeactivities
Insights--bite-sized lessons designed to shortcut yourlearning curve
Space Studies--candid stories with lessons on creatingspaces for making, learning, imagining, and connecting
Design Template--a framework for understanding, planning,and building collaborative environments

Make Space is a new and dynamic resource for activatingcreativity, communication and innovation across institutions,corporations, teams, and schools alike. Filled with tips andinstructions that can be approached from a wide variety ofangles, Make Space is a ready resource forempowering anyone to take control of an environment.


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Scott Witthoft's professional work as an engineer and adesigner has focused on understanding and manipulating interactionsamong systems. This has covered a spectrum including forensicstructural engineering, furniture design, and curriculum design.Scott is an amateur musician with a love of stringed instruments.As a Lecturer at Stanford University, he teaches classes inhuman-centered design and storytelling and visual communication.Scott has degrees in civil engineering from Washington Universityin St. Louis (BS, '99) and The University of Texas at Austin (MS,'00), and product design from Stanford University (MSE '08).

Scott Doorley's work focuses on how physical context anddigital media can benefit human experience.
His installations with the Dacha Art Collective have been exhibitedin the San Jose Museum of Art and the Gray Area Foundation for theArts San Francisco. Currently he is the Creative Director at theStanford, where he teaches classes in subjects at theintersection of design and media arts: storytelling and visualcommunication, improv, and digital media.
Scott has degrees in film from the University of California, LosAngeles (BA '96) and learning, design, and technology from StanfordUniversity (MA '06).

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