The Cubicle You Call Hell Was Designed to Set You Free | Design | WIRED

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

When it debuted in 1964, the Action Office was supposed to be revolutionary. It was supposed to set office workers free. Instead, it became the modern office cubicle you call hell.

Kate Lister’s insight:

Very interesting history of how a then innovative design that was intended to set us free, actually became the cubicle jungle Dilbert fame.

The short version: “It turned out that companies had no interest in creating autonomous environments for their “human performers.” Instead, they wanted to stuff as many people in as small a space for as cheaply as possible as quickly as possible.”

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