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When planning a new office, designers and their clients are faced with many challenges. They have to think not only about practical issues such as spatial needs, proximity relations, IT infrastructure and furniture, but also more strategic questions such as occupancy costs, effectiveness of the working environment, and environmental impact. This vast array of issues often confront people who have never had to deal with them before. Practical Office Design is a clear, accessible book written to help solve these problems, looking at each of them in turn. It explains what questions should be asked and shows the alternative solutions on offer and their advantages and disadvantages. It is ideally suited for both office designers and their clients to help them reach the best, most suitable office design while ensuring that they have considered all of the issues that need to be addressed.
Yuri Martens is a researcher and a practitioner on workplace strategy. Previously he worked at the Center for People and Buildings in the Netherlands, where with Juriaan van Meel, he co-authored the Werkplekwijzer.
Juriaan van Meel is a senior consultant at ICOP, a workplace consultancy firm in the Netherlands, which he co-founded. He is also the author of The European Office and co-author of The Office, the Whole Office and Nothing but the Office.
Hermen Jan van Ree is Senior Manager at the Investment Property Databank. Previously he worked as a Senior Research Fellow at University College London and as a researcher manager in both the Netherlands and the United States.