The Momentous, Uneventful Day: a requiem for the office

December 10, 2020
The Momentous, Uneventful Day: a requiem for the office

Has COVID-19 ushered in the end of the office? Or is itthe office's final triumph?For decades, futurologists have prophesied a boundarylessworking world, freed from the cramped confines of the office.During the COVID-19 crisis, employees around the globe got a tasteof it. Confined by lockdown to their homes, they met, mingled,collaborated, and created electronically. At length, they returnedto something approaching normality. Or had they glimpsed the normalto come?In The Momentous, Uneventful Day, Gideon Haigh reflects on ourambivalent relationship to office work and office life, how weended up with the offices we have, how they have reflected our bestand worst instincts, and how these might be affected by a world ina time of contagion. Like the factory in the nineteenth century,the office was the characteristic building form of the twentieth,reshaping our cities, redirecting our lives. We all have a stake inhow it will change in the twenty-first.Enlivened by copious citations from literature, film, memoir,and corporate history, and interspersed with relevant images, TheMomentous, Uneventful Day is the ideal companion for a livelycurrent debate about the role offices will play in the future.