Sep '04 - Aug '08
Tonight at MIT Saskia Sassen lectured about the possibility of "cutting edge, state of the art architecture" behaving in the role of infrastructure to facilitate global capitalism. In summary, that there are certain qualities of space which cater to the needs of and assist the development of knowledge economies. It was an interesting, if peripatetic, lecture and it made me start to think more carefully about my own personal infrastructure. That is, each semester we make- implicitly or explicitly- decisions about how we will conduct our work. How do we shape our immediate environment and why?
Schools all have their own unique studio environments which probably have a subtle effect on the way we work. Although it seems that most schools have outlawed the creating of substantial booths to envelop the desk, people nevertheless develop elaborate structures at their desk to provide shade, storage, or simply to show off. Other choose to work at home and only show up to studio for reviews.
Since moving my studio desk into my home I haven't looked back. It does get a little stuffy to live and work in 400sqf, but ultimately I feel much less like a Zombie.
I'm one of the latter. After spending many nights freezing my fingers off at the GSD since the heat cuts out at 1am, I decided that I could brave the temptations of television and a near-by bed to give working at home a try. Although I do miss the 'studio experience,' a legitimately important part of architecture school, I feel more productive and much, much more like a real human. Working at home means I have the time to do things like eat breakfast, take a nap without having to sleep on one of the slobber couches in the lounge, relax my brain with a few minutes of MTV, play my own music... with speakers!
So, Archinect, what are the things that effect you productivity most? What weird or special things do you to do make your workspace suit you better?