I can see the good intentions – one would assume that removing the actual walls between people will remove the social walls between them at work and will encourage open communication and ideas. However, just like with communal tables in restaurants, it just doesn’t work. Making all the employees sit in a large space next to each other doesn’t really benefit anyone, and if anything – instead of encouraging creativity, it is actually counterproductive. No one talks to each other. Just about everyone is looking at the computer screen and wearing noise-canceling headphones. If anything needs to be communicated, it’s done by e-mail just like in any other setting, even between the co-workers who literally sit next to each other.
I would think that having a little more privacy, such as having at least your own cubicle if not your own office, would actually be more conducive to coming up with creative ideas. Just as importantly, having private offices, however small they might be, allows the male workers to masturbate, which is critical to maintaining one’s sanity during those frequent times when work becomes unbearably boring, depressing or… unbearably unbearable.