What a difference some sleep makes….
Morning. I am feeling a bit better today after juggling time zones around the planet and different projects and ideas. I guess that is what I love about the planet in there is always something happening. I think it was 1987 when I first had meetings in Las Vegas that I found myself feeling a town that never sleeps was a great idea. Yesterday I spoke with a couple that wants a work/live space, and I could so relate to that. My current models are two separate buildings separated by an entry atrium that makes a clear division between the two spaces. While I am fine living and working in one space, I find many people are not, or do not want the blending of the areas.
I have spent much time in the past 13 years trying NOT to live my life separated like a box of chocolates. I saw this a lot in corporate life, “why is bob such an a** at work, but completely different outside of it?”
So, let’s ramble on the live work idea. There is something to be said about the right dimension, look, light, feel of space you are occupying. What you want in the space is relative to each person, yet, what you truly need in the area, is actually astoundingly small. With agrowspace, we worked back into the living spaces from working up year-round living and food production in the greenhouses/controlled environment agriculture spaces. One day I was drawing a sketch that had an office on a barge over a fish farm on a lake that had an agrowspace model on the shore and said, “why can’t I live in that?”
That is about how that variant and line extension was created. I still keep that sketchbook handy. It is that sketch that dovetailed with all the work I had to figure out with off the grid living that created all the solutions we have today. What I found is that you don’t have to live like a monk or hermit to live an excellent quality of life almost anywhere on the planet.
I digress, like yesterday when scouting locations, a friend took me to his deceased uncle Johnny’s cabin. I walked in much like one would find a cabin in the remote wilds of yesteryear. It was as if time stopped and you walked into an archeological dig where a man did live more old school off the grid. I took many photos and asked many questions about, “who was this man” that I guess the country to work and live. I could have sat down and written a novel just looking at the scene. A 20th-century mark twain of sorts.
I am a big proponent of live workspaces. Usually, these types of environments are met with the idea of “abnormal” with many towns. “what do you mean you want to live and work in the same space?”
“well, it can save about ten weeks of actual work time with commutes, and the most critical time of work is first thing in the morning with ideas…you don’t waste that time traveling or getting stuck in meetings….plus….I found I was ten times more productive, especially since the early 1990’s video conferencing became inexpensive to the globe with the internet.”
I keep forgetting that many people haven’t tried or found their real passion in life, and with the idea of “work” they are working for a wage. I get funny looks when I use the definition of “work” that is to apply energy and resources for a future goal or idea.
Should you be lucky enough to understand that last definition, then you know that if you do what makes your heart sing, the rest will follow. I can’t explain it, I just have tried a bunch of ways to get there, and the only way you can is to let go of the idea that rules are anchors and use them as guidelines of wisdom
However, the live work…I should pull up those house sketches, as the equipment list is getting smaller and smaller than one needs to create pretty much anything. The key element for that is a bit of uninterrupted time to think and play with ideas and concepts.
I have seen the last sentence Is getting rare in a world that seems to have promoted being full of obligations and forgotten common sense and priorities.
Have a great day!