Use considerations address how the space will be managed over time.
- Adaptability to other users/uses. Is there a need for the space to be used in different ways? How frequently will it need to be reconfigured? How will reconfigurations influence technology placement and other features?
- Technology changes. How quickly is technology changing? What are the risks of obsolescence? How much investment is required to avoid obsolescence? How much time is required to manage the technology aspects of the space?
- Work process changes. How flexible/malleable is the organization? How likely is it that users will change the way they work? How likely is it that users with different workstyles and processes will move into the space?
- Ownership. Is the space used only by a specific team or department, or is it considered a common space available to all?
- Schedulable. Given the type of uses the space will support, should reservations be available? If so, how will others know whether the space is available at a specific time?
Work continues to change from primarily repetitive tasks to a mixture of creative work and complex problem-solving, requiring a broad range of different spaces that accommodate specific collaborative activities and support change hour-by-hour or day-by-day. Collaborative spaces must be both flexible and evolutionary in order to optimize space and support these evolving work patterns.
Collaborative spaces are already a large part of our spatial vocabulary and are becoming even more so, making it increasingly important to “get it right” by matching the space and its attributes to the work and activities it needs to support.
Different kinds of work mean different requirements for privacy, ownership, spontaneity, technology, and the “persistence” of visual display.