Paul Ford for Wired:
Try making a map of your office. See what you remember. Where do people go when they are rewarded, punished? Where is power concentrated, and where do you sit? What paths do people take to accomplish their goals? Are some emotions possible in one space and not another?
The book he mentions, Space and Place by Yi-Fu Tuan, will now go on my reading list—a perfect accompaniment to the unfinished Geography of Thought by Richard Nisbett and Geography of Time by Robert Levine. These sorts of books are small but provide fascinating insights.
(via Kevin Wammer)