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The Future of the Office

How can design support hybrid working and how will the city evolve now that the daily commute is gone for good?

The evolution of the office

After producing The Future of the Home trend report with Springwise at the start of the year, Aritco turns its attention to the future of work post-pandemic.

How should the corporate office be redesigned to cater to different personality types with different needs and help attract and retain staff? Home working may boost productivity, but how can design support those that don’t have a dedicated workspace in their house? How can urban infrastructure embrace a future without rush hours and the massive footfall of daily commuters?

As lockdowns were imposed across the globe last spring, office staff adapted to home working almost overnight. Now that vaccines are being rolled out, many of us will soon make a tentative return to the corporate office, but its role and function is being called into question.

Workspaces at home and in the city will evolve in the years to come as hybrid working becomes the norm. Corporate offices will need to court employees as well as reflect consumer brands, and home offices will need be smart and flexible. It will be the job of architects and designers to find solutions to this seismic behavioural change and urban planners will also have the opportunity to re-think the infrastructure of cities as the daily influx of office workers diminishes.

Will the workplace ever be the same again?

As part of the programme of online events for BSPOKE Contract, a digital initiative from Clerkenwell Design Week, Aritco has produced a panel discussion that explores the role of design in a new era of hybrid working and a plummet in the number of commuters.

Swedish broadcaster and art historian Li Pamp moderates the discussion which is hosted by David Schill, Marketing Director of Aritco. They are joined by James Bidwell, Chair of Springwise, the world’s largest source of global innovations, and founder of strategy consultancy Re_Set, and Jessica-Christin Rametner, Editor of OnOffice magazine.

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