I tend to agree with the author regarding cubicles. I am also curious in terms of his experience with some new workplace space planning practices.

For several years now, the San Francisoc Bay Area is into "Creative Spaces". How does a space becomes creative and colaborative. It just has to look different than a "traditional" office space (an old warehouse with tall ceilings will do the trick) + cram people like sardines into tiny workstations but hey provide a few more meeting rooms for that private phone call, drop a few sofas throughout, add a ping pong table and a provide a bigger kitchen. And voila, we all colaborate and come up with new creative ideas. If we disagree we just are old foggies with narrow minds who just can't see the future.

While I find bits and pieces of this "creative space" trend valuable, in general I find that real understanding and wisdom about how places work for people being lost behind a lot of glitter (re: cutting edge, new, cool, different, visionary, etc... and all those ego boosting mental constructs).

Curious if there are other opinions out there.