In 2001, Martin van der Linden developed a new architectural methodology while working as an assistant researcher at Tokyo’s Waseda Univeristy. Martin believed that architecture should be a catalyst for change in innovative environments, and his methodology – called WORKVITAMINS – was based on this idea. But designing innovative and inspirational spaces from the inside out is not an easy task: descriptors such as poet, artist and great lover must be earned by the one being described, and the title of innovative workspace is no different. Therefore, Martin crafted a closed-loop system with four distinct steps:
Initiate: setting the tone and direction for the project using a Shared Workplace Vision,
Analyse: Understanding the specific place-related needs of the organisation. Finding the gaps between an organisation’s ideal conditions and its current situation,
Change:Testing creative ideas to address the issues discovered during the analysis,
Implement: the realisation of steps 1 through 3 and the design and construction of a truly innovative workplace.
Architecture is space created for human activity. The role of an architect designing a workspace is to provide the users with a variety of spatial choices that will accommodate their changing work needs. Architecture that starts with WorkVitamins encourages authentic experiences at work.
I have started writing my book on WorkVitamins, so far it are going to be 28 chapters divided into 5 sections. Section one will be trying to address the fundamental question of why we work. The second section will deal with the concept of the office, why we have offices as we have them today, while part 3 deals with the ever increasing individualization of employees and the way employers view, or miss to view this change. The fourth part will be about the physical changes in the workplace and part 5 will be an explanation about our methodology: WorkVitamins, and will bring all this together.
So far the writing was going quite well, I had written 5 chapters. But yesterday I noticed that I accidentally overwritten one chapter (chapter 11 on individualizers). I was rather pleased with the chapter. Writing does not come easy to me, but this one was going so well. Now, it is all gone, and I am wrecking my brain thinking what I have written…( I am following the advice to get first a draft out and then to start the re-writing). I am also writing in a non chronological order thinking I will end with the first part. As I continue writing I will also look at sites on creative writing. Â Â Â