No cube stands alone.
     The traditional work cubicle is often maligned as a drab, impersonal station that seals off its occupant, but in its ideal form, it is nothing like that. The ultimate cubicle addresses its environment, strengthens the unique identity of its resident worker, and even promotes health and well-being.
     ‘‘In the ultimate cubicle, information flows fast, keeps pace,’’ said Tom Vecchione, director of workplace strategy for Gensler Design & Planning in New York. ‘‘Today’s workstation is low- or no-paneled. The office is transparent and there are 360-degree views, so an employee’s level of awareness is heightened. You are exposed, but people are exposed to you. There are no barriers to information, which leads to greater creativity and innovation.’’
     The modern cubicle requires certain forms and features, including plenty of natural light and data screens that are two-sided, so that information flows both in and out.

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Graphic by David Butler, Globe staff; illustration by Headcase Design; text by Jenn Abelson