Gifts that keep on giving

While he is foolish who thinks that he has no limits, he is wise who uses restraint to augment freedom

I can’t stop dreaming of eudaimonia either.

James Mathison’s 8 minute read on eudaimonia machines is like a hearty morsel that helps sustain me on the journey toward constructing my ideal labs.

We are wasting our most precious resource—deeply engaged human attention.

Author of Deep Work, Cal Newport, has aptly termed my desired workspace The Opposite of the Open Office, yet Mathison’s piece goes deeper into architecture professor David Dewane’s eudaimonia machine concept.

  1. Enter from the street to the Gallery, see various artifacts of the good work done there

  2. Go deeper into the Salon, get social if you like

  3. Now enter the Library, the quiet reference center

  4. Passing further inward, enter the Office, a place for low-intensity work

  5. Finally, enter your Chambers, the place for deep work free from distraction

Just as there is power in developing a disciplined practice, there is power in the designed embodiment of insight in a space—in this case, insights about the environments conducive to deep work.

As we amplify the complexity of our challenges, let us amplify our capacity to address them.

Until next time,
Evan Driscoll