This Week in Weird Cubicle Design…

Posted by: Mitchell H. Kirsch 0 comments

Jurgen Bey believes that the cubicle concept shouldn’t be limited to the four walls of one’s office. Set the cubicle free!

Bey’s “Slow Car” concept takes an ordinary office cubicle and puts it on wheels. The concept gives a new twist to the phrase “cubicle jockeys”; one can sit down to work on the road, unfettered by the office, claiming the highway for your company! read more

He imagines environments like campuses and airports offering the vehicle, because it lets folks stay productive at a desk, in privacy, without walking. He says by limiting the speed, users should feel a sense of calm at being able to max out the throttle, something we don’t always get to do in cars. (Gizmodo)

What could possibly go wrong?

As it turns out, quite a lot. One, people find it extremely difficult to be productive on wheels. Secondly, how well would this concept work out in, say, Manhattan? Wouldn’t the blaring of all the taxi horns get in the way of that spreadsheet you need to finish in an hour?

And what happens when it’s time for lunch? What do you do, park it somewhere?

And why would anybody want to be in a cubicle when on the road, anyway? Isn’t it hard enough to negotiate traffic without trying to get some work done?

Besides, doesn’t anybody get as much work done – if not more – on a bus, or on the train? Isn’t a cubicle-with-wheels a reductio ad absurdum of a concept that ultimately turns out to be unnecessary?

At least it’s nothing like Connie Finch’s workspace, winner of’s Worst Cubicle Award for 2009. Check out the image of Connie’s workspace – it’s little more than part of a hallway, where she somehow squeezes in every day and pretends to be productive.

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