Spacial Ecology of the Workplace Analytical Essay by Nicky

Spacial Ecology of the Workplace
Examines issues in the spacial ecology of the workplace.
# 147413 | 3,104 words | 5 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Mar 29, 2011 in Architecture (Modern) , Environmental Studies (Design) , Architecture (Theory)

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This paper examines and analyzes the various meanings of the spacial ecology of the workplace. In particular, it explores the meanings of the design plan of a workplace and its psychological perspectives, sociological perspectives and architectural perspectives. According to the paper, a workplace floor plan has implications with denote status within an organization as well as promoting how effectively co-workers interact with one another. Various scholars are cited whose work further describes the significance of workplace design. It also discusses sustainable design and architecture in light of today's concerns for the environment. The paper includes charts and lists which highlight important aspects of architecture and design in a working environment. The paper concludes by stating that as new insights into the spatial aspects of workplace ecology are made, adjustments and modifications are being implemented to enhance workplace conditions on the physical, mental, and emotional levels.


Spatial Ecology
Psychological perspectives on the workplace (mental space)
Sociological perspectives on the workplace (social space)
Architectural perspectives on the workplace (physical space)
Technological perspectives on the workplace (virtual space)
Summary and Conclusion

From the Paper:

"The traditional workspace design, which we might call bureaucracy after the sociologists Max Weber, is oriented to providing a place for each individual in the company. This symbolism of the individual office, desk or workstation transmits values and information. It communicates the fact that the individual has been hired by and works for this organization, and beyond that, the loyalty of the individual to the organization, the commitment to perform as required, and the responsibility of the organization to look after, support, respect and pay the employee. It communicates how important the employees are and with whom they are expected to interact. Most of all, its transmits the fact that the individual is just that: a single, somewhat autonomous cog in a large multifaceted wheel, whose performance is evaluated individually, whose pay level is set individually, whose responsibility to arrive and leave at certain times, to respect rules, and to perform the work assigned is basically their own and no-one else's..."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Gissen, David (2002) Big & Green: Toward Sustainable Architecture in the 21st Century. National Building Museum (U.S.) Princeton Architectural Press 2002.
  • Heerwagen, Judith and Johnson, Jeffrey A. (nd) Energy Effectiveness and the Ecology of Work: Links to Productivity and Wel1-Being. Online available at:
  • Martens, Yuri (2008) Unlocking Creativity with the Physical Workplace. Center for People and Buildings - Delft University of Technology. The Netherlands. Online available at:
  • Vischer, Jacqueline (2005) Space Meets Status: Designing Workplace Performance. Taylor & Francis. 2005. Google Books Online available at:
  • Bakke, J.W. and Yttri, B. (2003) Hybrid Infrastructures for Knowledge Work. Proceedings. 4th International Space Syntax Symposium London 2003. Online available at:

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