Workspaces of the Future - Integrated Design of Real and Virtual Worlds


The "Workspaces of the Future" will be determined by contraints which require a new orientation for the design of CSCW-systems and human-computer interaction. In the future, individual and cooperative work in organizations will be characterized by a degree of flexibility and dynamics that will go far beyond many of today's developments and examples. On demand and ad-hoc teams, virtual organizations, distributed and mobile workers are only initial examples of organizational innovation to be expected in the future. Contents and participants of work as well as contexts, processes, and structures will be changing frequently. It is time to reflect these developments in the design of equally flexible and dynamic work spaces.

The advent of information and communication technology already changed work processes and contents of work significantly. However, the design of work spaces, especially the physical work environments realized in offices and buildings, remained almost unchanged. Current work spaces are not prepared for or oriented towards a comprehensive integration of the IT-infrastructure supporting work processes with the infrastructure for managing and operating the building. To facilitate the evolution of new forms of work and organization at a high level of quality, it is necessary to integrate innovative information and communication technology (hardware, software, networks) with powerful spatial and physical structures (=> "roomware").

The lecture and the additional exercises will focus on the presentation of new approaches reflecting this perpective.

Some examples:

  • integrated design of real and virtual environments
  • integration of computers in furniture and room elements (=> roomware)
  • interactive thought and cooperation landscapes
  • new forms (e.g., pen- and gesture-based) of human-computer interaction
  • attentive, active and adaptive rooms
  • augmented reality
  • ubiquitous computing
  • localization ("sensoring") of people and objects in buildings
  • dynamic and flexible office environments

Relevant Literature:

  • N. Streitz, S. Konomi, H. Burkhardt(Eds.), Cooperative Buildings - Integrating Information, Organization, and Architecture. Proceedings of the First International Workshop on Cooperative Buildings (CoBuild '98), Darmstadt, Germany. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 1370. Springer: Heidelberg. ISBN 3-540-64237-4
  • N. Streitz, Siegel, J., Hartkopf, V., S. Konomi (Eds.), Cooperative Buildings - Integrating Information, Organizations, and Architecture. Proceedings of the Second International Workshop on Cooperative Buildings (CoBuild '99), Pittsburgh, USA. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 1670. Springer: Heidelberg. ISBN 3-540-66596-X