Most people overestimate their contribution to scientific work1

Designing space for collaboration

Open office design is often used to encourage collaboration. However, the completely open office may be too much because it inhibits the ability of individuals to do Deep work.

There are other design principles that allow more causal encounters while preserving the isolated spaces. For instance, Google has (had?) the rule of “150-Feet From Food”, which states that no office should be more than 150ft from food. In other words, everyone is near some common space where they can causally and randomly meet and chat.

  1. Opinion: Authors overestimate their contribution to scientific work, demonstrating a strong bias,