It is time to consider the future of workplace design. How can we create workplaces that allow us to be more comfortable, innovative, and happy in a distributed economy? Metropolis Magazine envisions offices where people want to gather and collaborate with fellow employees, clients, and the community around us.
Coming innovations mean that work will be unconstrained by a building, free to expand and evolve, to shrink and transition. Given the evolution of technology, we will continue to work from anywhere and across multiple time zones. In fact, in the next decade, estimates suggest that upwards of 40 percent of the workforce will work remotely or within a distributed work model.
Paradoxically, the new workplace is also about community, social interaction and culture, because as people work more remotely, they encounter new points of interaction. Perhaps people want a place to gather, a place that fosters community brainstorming, and a place that would allow for deeper interpersonal relationships to develop.
So how can we reconcile working in the distributed economy and designing for it?
Read about three frameworks that architects and designers should consider to allow distributed workers to be more connected with their peers here.