We're going to be moving offices soon. So I've been starting to think about what kinds of offices and buildings and environments make for thinking and imagination and creativity.
I came across this great little series on NPR - artists, writers etc talk about the spaces where they work:
There's Steven Bernstein (jazz trumpter), James Prosek (fishy artist), Phylicia Rashad (actress and former Huxtable) and Daniel Silva (spy novelist). None of them are neccesarily people whose work I'd follow but its fascinating to hear them talk about the way and the where they get things done.
I've also been thinking (in a geeky way) about this kind of secret Danny Hillis lair stuff. The concealed purpose and playfulness of Brooklyn Superhero Supply / 826NYC is similarly inspiring. As is this urban camouflage.
I'm also convincd that I've read something somewhere about the kind of buildings that make for productive, inspiring thinking. And that for some reason it talked about cathedrals. But I can't remember where I read it.