Architect Clive Wilkinson says the cubicle is a 'form of torture'

Google headquarters architect on his radical approach to workplace design and why he considers the standard office "inhumane".
Architect Clive Wilkinson says every office needs spaces, other than meeting rooms, where people can meet and discuss. (Fabiola Carletti/CBC)
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The standard office might as well be a chicken coop, says Clive Wilkinson. The South African architect joins Shad to discuss his radical approach to workplace design and why he considers cubicles "inhumane" settings for social creatures.

Wilkinson — who has designed offices for Google, Funny or Die and many others — walks Shad through some ideas for radically open concept offices. He also explains why he thinks in terms of neighbourhoods, and how he responds to critics of his collaboration-driven approach. 

WEB EXTRA | Unfamiliar with Wilkinson's work? Browse some examples below. And if you're curious about how the q audience responded, listen below: 

Audience feedback to Architect Clive Wilkinson's vision for the office of the future. 4:37

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