chapter  14
11 Pages

Building performance evaluation in Japan

WithAkikazu Kato, Pieter C. Le Roux, Kazuhisa Tsunekawa

Growth and change in modern officing concepts have culminated in the design of spaces characterized by fluidity of function and spatial mobility, beyond the traditional physical parameters of the organization. Research in Japanese workplace environments indicates that employee mobility and communication in the workplace are highly related – often occurring in the form of chance meetings between employees moving to and from their respective workspaces. Based upon this research, an alternative approach to workplace placemaking, based on the multiplicity of modes of communication. This conceptual shift in criteria for evaluating workplace environmental performance requires a re-evaluation of the means available to the researcher for adequate collection of data.