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Acton-Boxborough High experience with open office format cited in New Yorker article

Posted by Your Town  January 10, 2014 08:48 AM

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On the New Yorker's site, Writer Maria Konnikova recalls her days at A-B High in the early 1970's to make a point about the faults of the open office trend.

She writes:

"Distracting at best and frustrating at worst, wide-open classrooms went, for the most part, the way of other ill-considered architectural fads of the time, like concrete domes. (Following an eighty-million-dollar renovation and expansion, in 2005, none of the new wings at A.B.R.H.S. have open classrooms.) Yet the workplace counterpart of the open classroom, the open office, flourishes: some seventy per cent of all offices now have an open floor plan.''

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