“Architects love to discuss how much sleep they have gotten. One will say how he was at the studio until five in the morning, only to return again two hours later. Then another will say, guess what, I have never slept ever. My dear architects, the measure of how hard you’ve worked and how much you’ve accomplished is not related to the number of hours you have not slept. Have you heard of Rem Koolhaas? He is a famous architect. I know this because you tell me he is a famous architect. I hear that Rem Koolhaas is always sleeping. He is, I presume, sleeping right now. And I hear he gets shit done. And I also hear that in a stunning move, he is making a building that looks not like a glass cock, but like a concrete vagina. When you sleep more, you get vagina. You can all take a lesson from Rem Koolhaas.”
– Annie Choi, “Dear Architects, I am sick of your shit (an open letter)”
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It’s time for some silliness and humour, with a bit of wisdom sandwiched in there in the middle. This is a subject that really bothers me when people (read: architects) bring it up. It’s especially troublesome when people associate long hours with steadily increasing productivity in a corporate office setting. I’m pretty sure if you made a graph of people’s productivity over time, especially after the 10-hour day mark, it goes kerplunk as it hits rock bottom. Get some sleep. You’ll work better.