By Alan S. Ruby, Senior Architectural Consultant
Since its advent in the 1960s, each new iteration of the open office has had its critics. The current 21st century version is no exception. Given all of its well-documented deficiencies, should we dump the open office concept and convert back to private offices as some suggest? Maybe not. A new iteration of concepts for office planning is on the horizon as described in Cal Newport’s book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. The book contains a description of Deep Work principles that seek to avoid many of the deficiencies of today’s open office.