Since the times of the “old” empires, a strong connection between the technology of the day and the routines of people was evident. In order to efficiently use the innovations of predecessors, expand the reach of present influence and give an advancement template to the next generation, people have always utilized their work environments to the utmost.
In High Roman times, the citizens and warriors of the empire thought of themselves as superior to all others on the planet. They built huge, ornate and exotic domiciles and spaces for the most mundane activities. Their spaces reflected their era, as did the devices, clothing, art and weaponry. They believed domination was the key to a fruitful existence, so everything they beheld was fashioned to reflect that belief.
In the 1800s, the United States was expanding “up and out.” People lived in tiny apartments attached to factories, as well as, sodden huts while they explored the plains. People in the cities ate the meat they cut in the stockyards. They learned to live in population densities that would scare the rural individual. In contrast, the exploring part of the population lived, shopped and went to church in rough outbuildings which were always constructed to be at the mercy of Mother Nature. In each case, the people surrounded themselves with the architecture and tools which aided their professional pursuits the best. In a very real way, this is an innate quality in all people.
In the present era, we are surrounded with technology that is instant rather than grounded, or coated with steel. Our best and brightest take control of their futures through things that exist in a “cloud,” or nano-particle of something. The world is driven now by useful content and the instant transfer of ideas. It can be observed in many economic sectors that the pace of evolving technology will quickly overtake a business which is not flexible. It is especially true when it comes to the real estate a business calls home base.
It follows that professionals in the modern age should take a lesson from their industrial sires and surround themselves with environs that support their endeavors. The lesson: be utterly mobile! This includes not investing too much of your time, energy and money to things which are too permanent. This applies to the traditional office building as well. Consider being mobile and taking advantage of all the HR and cost benefits of temporary office space. After all, it is content and ideas which are the most important to modern man, not the amount of square footage.