Work environment 8 Layers of Change

The work environment is solidified policy. When policy is modified real estate is difficult to ‘liquify’ again. Regularly aligning real estate strategy with company policy makes timely anticipation possible.

Most of the time during the design phase “Form Follows Function”, but during the in use phase “Function Melts Form”. Change is inescapable, therefor buildings should be designed to invite adaptation to stay functional and pleasant to be in. A building is never perfect and finished.

Different parts of a building change at different rates to follow constant changing user requirements. Not the initial architect but time is the main architect of our built environment.

In addition to the 6 shearing layers of change that Steward Brand distinguishes in his book How Buildings Learn (1994), there are two more layers:

  • Surroundings, suchlike nature, utilities and traffic infrastructure, landmarks, public transport and,
  • Social, the way building occupants organise their activities, work together, exchange ideas and the ‘inner environment’ of the people. It’s all about people. Making your organisation more human by bridging Real Estate and the Real State (mind, body and energy) of Humans.


If you want your building to be (more) adaptable to your needs, feel free to contact us (Enable Javascript to see the email address) we would be privileged to develop a custom-made program for your organisation.

– The Architect as a Business Optimizer –
‘Squaring the circle by connecting the dots’