Architectural Design Workshop (Rethinking Office Development) OpenCourseWare: Graduate Level Free Online Course by MIT on the Study Office Development

Published Jan 26, 2009

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Learn the basics of designing an office building with this free OpenCourseWare from MIT. 'Architectural Design Workshop - Rethinking Office Development' is one of six workshops emphasizing design methods used in the workplace. While this OpenCourseWare is available to anyone, some coursework in architectural studies may be helpful in understanding the material presented.

Architectural Design Workshop (Rethinking Office Development): Course Specifics

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Architectural Design Workshop (Rethinking Office Development): Course Description

The focus of this OpenCourseWare was to understand how current social, technological and economic trends affected the design of the workplace. Students surveyed office design patterns from the past thirty years to determine what had changed and what had stayed the same. They also tried to discover why the U.S. has lagged behind Europe in office design and development. In addition, students attempted to determine ways to stimulate interest in office design. The original on-campus workshop included an assignment to create a new service, feature or office product. The instructions for this assignment are included in the OpenCourseWare. Professor Francis Duffy, a visiting professor at MIT from 2001 to 2004, taught the original workshop. This is a graduate-level course intended for students majoring in Architecture. The OpenCourseWare is based on reading selections and lecture-notes.

'Architectural Design Workshop - Rethinking Office Development' OpenCourseWare includes a recommended text, lecture-notes, an assignment from the original course and examples of student projects. If you're interested in taking this free course, then visit the design of an office building workshop course page.

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