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In 1904, the famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed a building for the Larkin Soap Company in Buffalo, NY (or, as I like to call it, Southern Canada)

The Larkin Building was the first to include such now-normal concepts as central air conditioning, glass doors, and suspended partitions between toilets.

This of course brings up some pretty important questions, not the least of which is whether going to the loo at work was an open showing before Frank came around.

Did it really take until 1904 to invent a wall between toilets?

Fortunately for you, I’m not here to talk about toilets. At least not today.

I’m here to talk about the other innovation Frank Lloyd implemented for the Larkin building. The one that has gone on to alter the entire model of the American work experience.

He created an open floor plan.

<insert gasping sound>

The open floor plan was a great idea, in theory.
It is still a great idea.
In theory.

After all, what better way to increase productivity than to tear down the siloing walls of solitude, right?

Now here we are, more than a century later, and we’re completely screwed.

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