- October 18, 2018, 3–5 p.m.
The Open Plan Office in the Windy CityFeaturing: Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler
60 West Walton Street, Chicago, Illinois 60610
In the late 1960s, the open plan office concept challenged conventional office planning by radically reimagining the office as a space that could reduce hierarchy, increase communication, and support organizational change. Jennifer Kaufmann-Buhler, Assistant Professor of Design History at Purdue University, argues that the city of Chicago was a vital nexus of activity in the earliest promotion and experimentation of the open plan office concept.