I don't think individual workshops for each FC would work with the apartment system, but say, a shared one in each apartment would serve the same function anyways, seeming the group crafting is party based to begin with - and it would cut the instance load down to boot.
Not to mention the social element of it - give people a reason to gather together more, give smaller FCs a way to network craters with other smaller FCs, etc. It would make for a good potential community element.
But no - I do agree that FC functions should not be gated to the limited housing spaces we have. I do think we should be able to host some of our functions in our house though.
But I don't take away from what was accomplished with the current apartment system. Balmung's not full... and they never even upgraded it once. That's a major accomplishment given all the other trouble that we went through to get here.
There's no mistaking that there is still a butt-load of work that needs to be done, but I've learned to appreciate the progress made in each area that things are created - because they are such a small, inefficient team - their work tends to be spread thin, and therefore is unappreciated by those with focus concerns.