In this four day lab, participants will develop furniture and flexible structures in co- design sessions. The purpose of the designs is to enable productive collaboration within the context of Makerversity and FabCity Amsterdam. In this project-based lab, we will apply, share and test a transferable design methods for co-design of co-working environments, starting from the qualitative analysis of the work environment and culminating in the prototyping and installation of functional furniture.
Coworking design lab
The way we work and collaborate is changing. This is due to the fast development of technology and new forms of networked and distributed organisations. Work environments are evolving from traditional offices to open and flexible co-working spaces. The co-working movement has seen 6000 spaces open in less than ten years. Co-working spaces originally stemmed from independent bottom up initiatives. They are now also being used to foster collaboration and innovation in the corporate world. However, the design of collaborative spaces does not always keep up with new social, cultural and technological needs of knowledge workers. Productive collaboration depends on a delicate balance of individual and collective work. During this lab we will discuss ideas on the future of co-working while designing concrete spatial solutions for work environments that seek to enable collaboration.
The lab is based on the research project “Future Workscape – a collaborative space for knowledge work” by Antonio Iadarola. The research includes a design framework for the design of co-working environments. SCAPE FW02 connects with previous explorations of the subject. This work resulted in a workshop at TEDx Caserta 2015 and a workshop on the state of the art of workspace design, called SCAPE FW01, with London-based professionals and hosted by Open Desk.
If you have any questions, please contact Antonio Iadarola
Morning: short talk on coworking today.
Afternoon: space and collaboration mapping and fast prototyping.
Morning: Fab City safari and ideas validation.
Afternoon: design sprint.
Morning: open making.
Afternoon: open making.
Morning: prototypes setup and test at Makerversity.
* the lab organisers will be present at Makerversity and Fab City for the entire four days, the presence on sunday is optional, during the other days the working hours can be agreed with the organisers and the team members to meet personal works commitments.