Joy Knoblauch discusses her research from a hotel room in Atlanta where she is researching worker resistance to early computer screens. Sitting on the floor, she explains the history of problems caused by chairs and the way she converted her dresser into a standing desk during the pandemic. Knoblauch, an associate professor of architecture at Taubman College, studies the history of environments for work along with all the ups and downs of such environments. She’s seen “a long history of discontent with what’s been given to us as cultural norms for movement in the last 50 years,” especially with chairs and screens and the “constrained positions” they foster. “We need other ways of communicating that we are paying attention beyond just sitting extremely still,” she says.
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