re: Are Cubicles Killing Us?
Great points - and as a "Distantly Danish" guy (I have ancestors from a few generations ago from Denmark), I have to say I really admire the Danish approach to work environments. From information I've seen in the past, Danish buildings are not supposed to be taller than 4 floors (by government enforcement), and personnel are required to be able to see daylight from wherever they sit most of the time, while working.
Workplace design, like many design/engineering approaches has gone through an "over-complicating" phase, driven by office furniture makers whose bottom line is driven by (wait for it...) selling more and more furniture, instead of furniture and environments that support a constantly changing set of needs.
Workers should have far more say in the work environment than choosing what motivational (or de-motivational) posters, Dilbert cartoons, etc., they can decorate their cell (whoops!), or cubical.
Flexible space is far less expensive, and much more suited to handle growth, temporary temp creation, large-scale meetings, and more.
Simpler is better in many ways, which ironically is hard for many office planners to understand.