The Living Urban Office project explored how “knowledge-work nomads” can be supported in sharing and creating new knowledge throughout Amsterdam with help of an “ecosystem” of diverse and interconnected products and services. This exploration revealed societal, cultural, psychological and technological challenges and opportunities that arise upon such systems’ real-world implementation. The foundation of the project was iterative research, design and prototyping activities using research through design (RtD) and living lab methods. This work was performed by a multidisciplinary team of 27 students of Interactive Environments Minor at the Delft University of Technology.
The boundaries between work, social, leisure and private spheres of life continue to blur. Mobile technology permits people to perform knowledge work activities from wherever they are; be it a corporate office flex-desk, a co-working environment, a café, train, park or home. The resulting vision of the city, where everyone becomes a “knowledge-work nomad”, raises many questions regarding the purpose and nature of “offices” as places in that city. How should offices function to provide added value to work activities that can be otherwise easily performed elsewhere? How should offices support people’s social, psychological and physiological well-being? How can offices enable new, dynamic forms of collaborations and in meaningful ways contribute to people’s social lives? What new forms of knowledge work can exist in the space between freelancing and being fully embedded in an organisation? And eventually, how can the whole city function as one large “knowledge-work ecosystem”, where every citizen is a potential collaborator?
The Living Urban Office project leveraged the work of students of the Interactive Environments Minor at the Delft University of Technology, to explore the challenges and opportunities of supporting knowledge generation and exchange by “knowledge-work nomads” throughout Amsterdam. The project concluded with an exhibition of five interactive prototypes embedded in the offices of the AMS, and a mini-symposium, where a selection of influential speakers from office-related industry and academia debated on the future perspectives for supporting knowledge generation and sharing throughout cities.
Project duration: 4 September 2017 – 4 March 2017
Partners: TU Delft, Centre for People and Building
Project leader: Tomasz Jaskiewicz, dr. ir, t.j.jaskiewicz[@]tudelft.nl
Related information: interactive-environments.nl