Studies of WorkSpace


The studies of work task aims to illustrate the process & connections of a singular and multiple workspace, describing their changes over time. Firstly, I chose to look at the G&D’s cafe along the Cowley Road as a space that is both an active social meeting point and a gathering area for the wireless worker.  To fully understand how the workspace functions, I conducted a series of site research visits to question the use of the cafe as workspace and investigate where people chose to be, how they used the space, their activities and movements.

William Whyte an urban fieldwork researcher, pioneered the method of using video as a research method and through other processes of observation, he was able to record data on prepared maps and sheets to include: what people did, the routes they took, whether they sat or stood in a particular area and for how long, size and activities of social groupings, where people met and shook hands etc. Whyte explains that when conducting the bulk of their research footage at street level, one had to be inconspicuous and clever about the way you capture video, he advises to use your peripheral vision, do not lock eyes under any circumstances and to blend in like a tourist. he also has a fantastic habit of noticing everyday acts that go unnoticed, and has even gone as far in his research to calculate a “smile” index.

The videos below document the time spent in the workspaces chosen, where I recorded the workspace in the morning, afternoon and evening and generated a composite video for each illustrating the activities and characteristicsof each individual.

Process 4

Composite Video 1 AM:

Composite Video 2 PM:

Composite Video 3 Evening:



Process 1

Recording the Process

Process 3

The Truck shop as work space

Composite Video 4: Individual

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  1. Pingback: Observations of Workers in Peripheral Workspace | dt.fleming architecture

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