I've worked in all three common styles: office, open and cube. I'd take a cubicle over the open plan any day of the week. I'd LOVE a cubicle. I had plenty of personal desk space, a place to put my things and hang my coat, and just enough privacy to get work done if I needed to concentrate. Cubicles are amazing.
Offices are better, no doubt. They're everything a cubicle is and more. But the open floor plan is so fucking bad that cubicles seem like luxury by comparison. Given that there are realistically only two optionsâ"virtually no company is going to build offices for everyoneâ"you bet that cubicles are "popular". The open plan is a blight; the only people that like it are penny pinchers and people that think that constant interruptions are the same thing as collaboration.