In an article April 2, 2013, the Wall Street Journal alluded to the death of the cubicle as the office environment transforms to a more collaborative environment. If you're a subscriber to the WSJ, you can link to the article here. The article points to trends such as smaller footprints for individual workspaces and conference rooms that create opportunities for low-wall stations and "huddle" spaces for small groups to meet.
It's an arguable point that the cubicle of Dilbert fame has become the punchline of the industry, yet there remains the design dilemma of providing space for individuals to perform their work tasks. Do salespeople perform better in an open bullpen, or is that format better suited for administrative tasks? In what kind of space do creative workers flourish? How does the low-wall open plan layout support a manager conducting interviews or an executive going about the task of charting the future vision of a company?
The answer lies within each project and each client's unique palette of aesthetic preferences - which most often has a direct correlation to their budget. Thankfully, with a creative & skilled furniture planning team, there are an immense variety of solutions to choose from and implement in a fashion that best serves the client.
The death of the cubicle? Maybe - but we humans have trended toward building shelters from the beginning, and I suspect we'll continue until the end.