Open offices aren't for everyone. Apple has been the most recent company to have problems with this kind of office configuration: "According to John Gruber, an Apple podcaster and blogger, it has everything to do with the lack of privacy integrated into the open floor plan."
How do people feel about open offices?
Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. (Washington Post)
9 Reasons That Open-Space Offices Are Insanely Stupid (Fast Company)
What are the pros and cons of the open office?
What are the pros and cons of an open-office floorplan? (Fortune via Quora)
Pros and Cons Of An Open Office (creator)
What are the origins of the open office environment?
The problem that most people to seem to have with open offices is noise. It affects our levels of concentration and the extent to which people are engaged in the office. I find flexible workspaces to be a big improvement on completely open office environments because it gives people options for the types of space that they would like to inhabit.
What is the future of office design?
Here are key words or considerations that I have been seeing: activity-based, employee engagement, acoustics, lighting, data-informed design, transformative space, the nature of a headquarters, catalyst and accelerant, and freedom.
I believe that additional clues for the future of workplaces can be found in our relationship with technology. The more mobile and flexible our computing devices become, the more it affects how we relate to each other and our environment. As people become more mobile, old or existing power structures dissolve, and new relationships are made.
How people choose to relate to one another will inform how our work environment will evolve over time.