In Brief

MIT and Google have designed a new form of work enclosure meant to offer privacy in open-office layouts

Apart from being an introvert’s nightmare, open-plan offices have been proven to inhibit creativity and productivity. Many offices around the world have adopted open-plan design and are now faced with the need for privacy and quiet for workers. Unfortunately reconfiguring and modifying an open-office plan is not easy. As a potential solution Skylar Tibbits, an American designer and computer scientist, has created a unique and flexible pod that can self-construct to help solve the open-office’s no-privacy dilemma. Tibbits is the co-director of MIT’s Self-Assembly Lab whose most recent project was focused around textiles that have the ability to self-construct.

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