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So you've never had it so good. . .

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Are you sitting comfortably? If you are not, start making a fuss.

ECspace standards, ergonomics, more pay, the lot.

The only evidence you need is a handful of sepia photos of architectural offices in the 1970s and early '80s: acres of giant elephant boards and parallel motion machines and set squares and the heads of little architectural persons in smocks and bow ties poking out at intervals between them.

Today, you are lucky if you aren't knocking elbows with the next AutoCAD serf and getting tunnel vision from the adjacent monitor's screen flicker. What with this, your own screen's wobble and the shimmer from the screen on the other side, your eyeballs are frantically gyrating, trying to decide which frequency to latch on to.

The consolation is that there is none of that tricky antique stuff of working out how to stop the blob at the end of a Rapidograph line, and how to explain to the senior partner about the ink bottle spilled all over the drawing he had been working on for the previous week, and things like stretching linen for working drawings.

But before your facilities management director tries to wheel out this diverting historical stuff, point out to him that in comparison with those halcyon days of low tech he is making megabucks on today's shrunken space needs.

ECspace standards, ergonomics, more pay, the lot.


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