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Politics & Public Policy

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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"Urban life is springing up to support office work. The office is being spread out thinly, but it isn't disappearing. " – Nikil Saval

How you work depends in large part on the space in which you occupy at work. Why do we work in large office buildings? How did the cubicle become a popular, yet detested, work space? How has rapidly changing technology - telephones and typewriters to mobile phones and laptops - affected the size, scope and design of offices? Furthermore, as posed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, "does office architecture having anything to do with organizing the middle-class?"

Nikil Saval is author of Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace, a thoughtful analysis of the transformation of the American workplace set amidst a backdrop of literary, cultural and political insights. Join us as Saval discusses the inventions, people and philosophies that contributed to the evolution of the modern work-space. Presented in partnership with the Beachwood Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

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