Creativity, collaborative spaces and ambiance #RGCSGrenoble

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By Sabine Carton (Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CERAG)

Grenoble, the 13th of February 2018 – RGCS Coordinators : Guy Parmentier and Sabine Carton, Univ. Grenoble Alpes, CERAG



We thank CoWorkIn Grenoble for graciously hosting the event. We thank our two presentators : Maxime Mellard (Univ. Grenoble Alpes) and Rainer Kazig ( Social Geographer,  CNRS UMR CRESSON- School of architecture,  Grenoble) for their insightful presentations.

First presentation by Maxime Mellard, PhD Student at Univ. Grenoble Alpes.

He reported how a collaborative space in Lyon (La Cordée) tries to stimulate creativity : the physical space, the organization, and people . He first comes back to the definition of creativity. He then analyzes how the space, the event organization as well as the state of minds from the participants contribute to stimulating creativity.


Second presentation by Rainer Kazig, Social Geographer,  CNRS UMR CRESSON- School of architecture,  Grenoble

Rainer studied how atmosphere impacts us (emotions, attention mode, motor function..). He interviewed 15 designers living in Berlin. His first results show that routinization and sobriety can help in producing ideas. Some designers also use isolation (physical, sound). Sound ambiance plays a major role: the worst place to work on creative issues seems to be offices of 3 or 4 persons. Best places for creative work can either be silent places or café, restaurants.

grenoble2Rainer also identifies that switching from one space to another one helps in creative work. He highlights the importance of cultural correspondence between the space and the creative worker. It seems like the space in case of cultural correspondence, regenerates the creative worker.

Material issues are thus key points in the work process. This work also puts the strength of emotions and affective aspects on work processes.

Rich exchanges have emerged from these two presentations and the audience called for further discussion on the subject!


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