Office Cubicle, Philadelphia

The concept of “pod” derives most directly from “cubicle”. A cubicle was never meant as a cube exactly, but had the intended purpose of providing some privacy and insulation from coworkers. One could decorate one’s cubicle. Likewise a pod. “Study carrel” is another influence. In some universities, a senior student or faculty member may be granted such a carrel as a kind of office, or personal workspace (PWS).