Where do architects “work” these days?
Should coffee shops limit the amount of time that laptop users can occupy tables? The answer to this question is no. I like to think of them as my second office. I pay “rent” by buying food and drink. The cool thing about technology today is we can work anywhere. No longer are we relegated to work in an “office”. Work can take place anywhere that allows one to be productive. Being a sole-proprietor allows a degree of flexibility not afforded some others.
What do you think? Do you like to work in places other than your office? Does it help your design process or thinking if you get a change of environment sometimes? What is a fair way to treat these shops without taking advantage of them?
Do clients care where we work as long as we are productive, efficient and provide excellent service? From the point of view of the coffee shop, what should their policy be? How can they enforce it without insulting customers? Is it frustrating to other customers if they merely wish to eat and drink in the coffee shop without being surrounded by laptop hobos?
Can design solve this? What if the tables were laid out with more two-seaters (with electrical plugs) and other areas with four-tops and booths?
If you enjoy working on a laptop in a coffee shop, be respectful. Don’t abuse their policies and don’t be a booth hog. Don’t ruin it for the rest of us. See you at the coffee shop. If you see me, say hi.
photo is from samantha celera’s photostream on Flickr (used under the Creative Common License)