the outdoor offices

The Outdoor Office invites visitors to explore a history of outdoor working and learning spaces, from an outdoor office used by Haitian relief workers, to outdoor meeting spaces at the Google campus in Palo Alto. A video clip from Twin Peaks shows two characters brainstorming in the woods. Olivares seems to think, quite reasonably, that being outdoors helps us think. The problem is institutionalizing the process. He and his design team also suggest three prototypes, which form a proposal for an (as-of-yet unproduced) outdoor furniture system.

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