You might think the cubicle was invented by some big business overlord intent on crushing the individualistic spirit of his workers — as the protagonist in the movie “Office Space” put it, representing “all that is soulless and wrong” about corporate life.

But you’d be dead wrong.

You might also think of the open office plan as a modern design invented by whiz-kid tech entrepreneurs to fit all their young coders into smaller, hipper spaces where they can all brainstorm together. 

Wrong again. 

Turns out, open offices were all the rage way before the invention of the cubicle. And these things are much more cyclical than they seem.

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