I am not sure if I am weird, or if I am doing something smart in bringing the live/work ideology into my life. it started in about 1994, and it didn’t take long to realize just how much time one could save in not doing that morning commute or working in the office each day. mind you, I probably am odd, in that the before this epiphany, the office was simply a different arena each week with road cases for many years. going to work could have meant hoping to another continent.
last night I saw this really interesting image for an open barn architecture. I can’t tell you how many sketches and ideas I have for what the dream home/lab will be. right now, I don’t know where that will be built, but what has never seemed to change is the layout of all the spaces are open and light. there is just something about a big space with a high ceiling that tends to make me think, “think big…think of any idea.” when you put me in a cube farm or what is designed to be the typical meeting room, it is almost like you stick a blanket over the light of the people in the room – creativity seems to die a slow death and soon everyone is all meeting to have a meeting and the rules of bureaucracy and complicating the simple take over.
is that human nature? do we simply have to add and build more onto everything? or is the reality that we don’t need so much something that terrifies many because it would not have so many people working jobs that I wonder, “what do they really do?”
today starts the fun of putting all the packages together. there was some art that came in last night that had me go, “uhm…this is underwhelming.” so, I will take that and see what we can rework. it just goes to show the talent levels I was so lucky to work with. it also tells me that when you are working ideas to help people without thinking of profit first – you will have to learn more patience.
in the for-profit world, the common denominator in all is time and money. I don’t know if people really fit into the equation much beyond winner or loser. I don’t see the long term of that type of life really helping people in the heart and soul, so I have to stick to my guns here while trying a new approach.
I learned from experience the other method works just fine. but it does not create better human beings, if anything, it covers them up with more stuff.
but on the subject of live/work…when you find your passion, you don’t want or need to spend all the time commuting and simply wasting it for the obligations of life. you focus it on your priorities.