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Derek Powazek has been working the web since there was one. He s watched communities grow while working at HotWired and Electric Minds with virtual community pioneer Howard Rheingold. As Powazek Productions, he s created sites with community features for companies like Netscape and Nike. He s also been profiled in Wired News, and has spoken about web design and community all over the country. This year in September, hundreds will gather for fray day 4, a real-life gathering of the fray. The only book that discusses the pros and cons of adding community features to corporate sites as well as individual home sites.
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For that, he focuses on colors, materials and ensuring accessibility for all to empower people to make a space their own. Take a look at some of his designs to see his thinking in building form. That was what pushed me. With its engaging visuals and dynamic acoustics, the space encourages visitors to interact, discover and explore.
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Via a uniquely articulated ceiling, he designed the installation to mimic the experience of sharing the space beneath a large canopy of trees. Programmed lights arc and move to give the sensation of streaming sunlight, allowing visitors to escape their intensity on the seats positioned below. In his village, shaded areas become obvious spaces for community gathering.
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The space was created for the design fans thronging the city to meet and relax during the conference. When the focus is primarily on the aesthetics of a physical space, there is no question that designers can achieve a beautiful environment. However, the various spaces we occupy, whether at home, work, or otherwise are made up of much more than just what we can see or touch. Focusing on just one of these aspects will not support the creation of a place where people want to be, which in turn negatively impacts both attitude and productivity.
Great place-making in a community comes most often from a truly collaborative effort between users of a place and those who help craft it.
If an organization is truly trying to develop a workplace that will support employees so they can do their best work possible, then it is important to create an authentic environment built upon the cultural attributes of the organization. Community design values everyone as a stakeholder in the organization with knowledge to pass along. In community design, especially in the visioning and programming stages, the primary role of the architect is not to focus simply on the aesthetic or technical aspects of a project, but to act as a facilitator of community.
Great communities engage their citizens, and great companies engage their people. This community design process uses tools such as surveys and focus groups to understand and build a strategy that truly reflects the organization.
This means delving into its culture, work process, technology, environment, brand and, business drivers. The goal is to discover how to improve the overall quality of life in the specific workplace community. Does the company need more areas designed to encourage collaboration? Does the company want to create an increased sense of openness, with more glass and fewer walls?