American architecture and office

Through stories and speculation, architects Florian Idenburg and LeeAnn Suen expose the relationships between space, work and people, and explore the intentions that led to the development of office design for working humans.

In twelve attempts, The Office of Good Intentions. Human work(s) examines the spatial typologies and global phenomena that have defined the office over the past half-century.

Topics include the return of the work club, the rise of the corporate festival, and designing playgrounds for work. Frank Gehry’s playful and radical spaces for digital nomads in the world of advertising features, along with stacks of punch cards, Hugh Hefner’s Aeron chair and in-bed phone answering.

Iwan Baan’s photos provide a visual report on a series of office projects, such as Marcel Breuer’s IBM campus in Florida and the Ford Foundation’s urban garden in Manhattan.

This book examines the spaces and solutions that have been designed for human work, tracing the transformation of work into occupation, from the lived experience of today to the unpredictable and imagined futures of tomorrow.

NCAR Mesa Laboratory, Boulder, Colorado. IM Pei & Associates, 1967

(Iwan Baan)

TBWAChiatDay, Los Angeles. Clive Wilkinson Architects, 1998

(Iwan Baan)

Arcosanti, Mayer, Arizona. Paolo Soleri et al (including around 8,000 volunteers, designers, builders, collaborators, bell makers, architects, artists, students and ceramists), 1970-present

(Iwan Baan)

PA Technology Center, New Jersey. Richard Rogers Partnership and structural engineer Peter Rice, 1975-1983

(Iwan Baan)

IBM Boca Raton, Florida. Marcel Breuer & Associates with Robert Gatje, 1970

(Iwan Baan)

Burroughs Wellcome Headquarters, Durham, North Carolina. Paul Rodolphe, 1972

(Iwan Baan)

Arcosanti, Mayer, Arizona. Paolo Soleri et al, 1970-present

(Iwan Baan)

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