March 14, 2006

キュービクルの仕業だった!: Caged in Cubes

The FORTUNE magazine article 'Trapped in cubicles" says;
Robert Oppenheimer agonized over building the A-bomb. Alfred Nobel got queasy about creating dynamite. Robert Propst(photo) invented nothing so destructive. Yet before he died in 2000, he lamented his unwitting contribution to what he called "monolithic insanity."[…]
Propst's invention in 1968 at Herman Miller was the cubicle, which now dominates the largest share of office furniture sales--about $3 billion a year. The article tells you how the cubes became the "Castro of the Office Furniture," outliving challenges and its own notoriety.

One of the driving force was the new rules for depreciating assets that US Treasury created in the '60s to stimulate business spending; it established a shorter life for furniture and equipment (currently it's 7 yrs), vs. longer ranges assigned to building (39.5-year). The companies jumped to the cubes to save money.

But people are increasingly aware of the negative effects, and Princeton's Elizabeth Gould lately found that the animals provided with stimulating environment showed a dramatic increase in neurogenesis as well as dendrite density. Read feedbacks at "Brain death by dull cubicle."

When Propst invented the cubicle, the free thinker, Stewart Brand published The Whole Earth Catalog, which became a bible for ecological living. Guess where he works?
"Out of a converted shipping container in Sausalito for seven years and now commutes to a beached fishing boat a few yards from his house."(FORTUNE)
A fishing boat...




-Source: フォーチュン3月9日号「Trapped in cubicles」





と発表している。それによると、刺激のある方が脳は樹状突起も増え、神経細胞の新生が活発化するらしい。で、早速この学説は「物忘れがヒドイ」「やる気がない」「ちっともアイディアが浮かばない」「年とった」「ふられた」「太った」など、最近へこみがちだったアメリカ人たちの間で「そうか、犯人はキューブか!」と盛り上がっている(例:Brain death by dull cubicle)。


とある。 釣り船か…。


dan said...

speaking of cubicles, great post, and here's a cute poem with pics about Escape from your Cubicle:


dan said...

''Escape from your cubicle!''

[by danny bloom ]

Yes, escape from your cubicle

get out into the world

into the sunlight

the starlight

the summer breeze

escape from your cubicle

by bolting out the door

taking the elevator down to the ground floor

as quickly as possible

get out of there!

don't wait for the closing bell

don't wait for five o'clock to come around

get out of your cubicle right now

do the right thing

and escape into the freedom

that awaits you outside the door

no more sitting down doing nothing

no more boring meetings

no more slow-moving lunch breaks

no more boring commutes to work

get out of your cubicle right now

at the quickest possible moment

don't miss your chance to be free

run, don't walk

fly out that door!

make your escape at this very moment

-- mid-sentence! -- midbook!--

take this poem with you

as you run down the hall

happy as you'll ever be

happy as you'll ever be

is it a done deed?

Did you get out with your soul on fire?

Are you ready to do battle

with all the days of the rest of your life

when you can pursue the things

you always wanted to pursue

paint the pictures you always wanted to paint

visit those far-away places

you always wanted to visit

spend good times with the people

you love and admire

yes, if you've read this far,

try it!

right now!

escape from your cubicle

cut off all the ropes and strings

holding you back

and become one with the universe

free at last

free at last

Free from the confines of your confining cubicle


Escape from your cubicle

Forever ... (or maybe just a day!)

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