Famous architect Frank Gehry is designing a new campus for Facebook, which raises the question: What's the ideal engineering environment?
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What do you think makes a great engineering space?
The cop-out answer (hereby barred from this exercise) is "a place where
Think about some approaches:
- The legendary Stanford engineering professor Fred Terman liked his Quonset hut, so the story goes. He reportedly chafed
when the university administration decided to build him a new
engineering department because he felt carpets and gleaming new
furniture would stunt invention and experimentation and distract
- At Electronic Theater Controls in Middleton, Wisc., it's Hollywood
come to high tech. Sure, the lobby is the most
creative in the country--without a doubt--but walk past the
"diner" and you're on the factory floor where--surprise!--the engineers
sit right next to the techs to tighten the
design/manufacturing feedback loop.
- At Bell Labs, the idea was to create a looooong hallway with
offices on each side. The cafeteria was located far down at one
end of the hallway. Why? So engineers going to lunch would pass
the opens doors of fellow engineers and collaboration and
exploration would take place.
But most engineering companies are noted for endless, dull gray
chin-high cubicles and rooms with all the energy and appeal of a
At Facebook in Menlo Park, Mark Zuckerberg announced this week
his company has hired the noted architect
Frank Gehry to design a new campus
According to news reports, the design "envisions a long,
single-story 433,555-square-foot office building for approximately
2,800 employees with a rooftop tree park, paved gathering and
outdoor dining spaces, and an approximately half-mile walking path.
In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg said:
"The idea is to make the perfect engineering space:
one giant room that fits thousands of people, all close enough
to collaborate together. It will be the largest open floor plan
in the world, but it will also have plenty of private, quiet
spaces as well. The roof of the building will be a park that
blends into the community with a long walking trail, a field and
lots of places to sit. From the outside it will appear as if
you're looking at a hill in nature."
What do you think of Zuckerberg's vision? And what's your situation? Are you in a engineering space that breeds
creativity, productivity and innovation? If not, how would you
design an engineering space for optimal results?
an engineer keep a clean desk?
for an era