— Andrew Weston
那么他们到底从研究中了解到了什么？董事Evodia Alaterou邀请了墨尔本工程学院基础设施工程部的Andrew Western教授和大家聊一聊这个实验研究。Western教授也是基建项目的负责人，探索试点办公空间会如何逐渐地改变（几乎）所有用户的认知，以及在试点中为何尽可能地“突破”现状是多么重要。
Space lab: Solving the 'problem' with academic workplace
Host: Evodia Alaterou, Hassell Principal
Guest: Professor Andrew Western, Melbourne School of Engineering University of Melbourne
"If you give people autonomy they'll probably find a better solution than what you were going to impose on them."
Professor Andrew Western
It’s a brave dean that tests out a new way of working on academics and research staff.
And yet that’s exactly what the School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne did.
The future workspace at the Melbourne School of Engineering (MSE) will need to accommodate over 1800 users across three locations by 2025.
To provide for its people and its industry collaborators – its workplace would need to become quite different.
Anticipating the challenge that comes with a new way of working, the school commissioned a pilot workplace study called 'Space Lab' – a reference to a living lab, where ‘researcher’ becomes the ‘researched’.
Space Lab experimented with open plan and non-assigned desks in spaces designed to encourage productivity, interaction, collaboration and engagement.
More than 120 academics, researchers, professional staff, support staff and higher degree students were regularly observed over a 12 month period. Each cohort provided real time feedback, which was immediately incorporated into the next round of occupancy.
So what did they learn? Principal Evodia Alaterou invited MSE’s Professor Andrew Western from the Department of Infrastructure Engineering in to step through the experiment. Professor Western, who is also the director of the Infrastructure program, explored how the pilot workspace gradually changed the perceptions of (almost) all its users, and why it’s important to ‘break’ as many things as you can in a pilot.