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Re-Designing 21st Century Offices: Encouraging Interaction within the Workplace

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dc.contributor.advisor McCarthy, Christine
dc.contributor.author Browning, Annalise Kate
dc.date.accessioned 2013-10-30T22:53:34Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-11-03T00:12:43Z
dc.date.available 2013-10-30T22:53:34Z
dc.date.available 2022-11-03T00:12:43Z
dc.date.copyright 2013
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/29354
dc.description.abstract Communication technologies are developing exponentially, studies have shown that this phenomenon negatively effects users in a social psychological manner. In his article, Tuan describes society as being in a state of ‘Human Disconnectedness’. This is reinforced by Haythornwaite’s studies which shows the more time a user spends on the internet the more they lose contact with their surrounding social environment. Nie and Erbring believe that this evolution has resulted in changes to thinking and behaviour, and that these developments are shaping the social lives of the user; their statistics show that it is increasing the user’s isolation. In fact, Cacioppo’s research on social isolation and loneliness has shown connections to mental and physical sickness. Over the last hundred years office architecture has continuously evolved, however, the introduction of communication technology has had the greatest impact. Recently virtual and casual office innovation have created more fluid work situations which allow for telecommuting and outsourcing. This has consequently raised questions about new office design. In many aspects, technology has begun to threaten the need or relevance for offices. However, this thesis argues that offices are one of the few types of interior architecture that regulates an user’s behaviour because they are part of a group dynamic. This coincides with the organisational theory establish in 1951 by the Asch experiment. These problems will act as an opportunity to scruntinise the need for offices and also as a device for facilitating social interaction within the workplace, which Richard Totman discusses as important because it is a method of support that balances stress and protects mental and physical health. Through means of design exploration, the intervention will mediate between social psychological theories, technological advancements and future office planning with the aim of finding an interior architectural solution. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.rights Access is restricted to staff and students only. For information please contact the library. en_NZ
dc.subject Social interaction en_NZ
dc.subject Communication technology en_NZ
dc.subject Office architecture en_NZ
dc.title Re-Designing 21st Century Offices: Encouraging Interaction within the Workplace en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Architecture en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120101 Architectural Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 120106 Interior Design en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcseo 970112 Expanding Knowledge in Built Environment and Design en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.discipline Interior Architecture en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ
thesis.degree.name Master of Interior Architecture en_NZ

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