Workspaces in evolution.

The second digital revolution, the financial breakdown and then the pandemic, made smart working a well-spreaded phenomenon where work and living space. Compasses in this new journey, follows the workspaces evolution, focusing on the most interesting solutions raised from the pandemic and trying to understand where the transition from workplace to worksphere will produce in an early future.

Workspace: present, past and future

Is the workspace, meant as a material and institutional space, doomed to die? After decades of working architecture history that lead to disruptive masterpieces both conceptually and structurally, are office buildings out-of-date and out-of-trend? Workspace in evolution is the n.36 of compasses that tells you about the present, the past and the future of workspaces.

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A total of 8-10 designs, both architectural and urban scale, of reputable international architects are presented with pictures, renderings, sketches, graphs, comments

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The Amsterdam Courthouse, a public issue

Jenine Principe

Looking back at this unbelievable past year, it seems that everything is different now: from our habits to our homes, from the way we spend our free time to the place we work in, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has been a real game changer.

Everyone remembers how fiery the debate about the huge impact of the social media in our lives was, how intense was the discussion about the paradigm shift towards the digital world and about the abandonment of the classic ways of aggregation, in favor of a virtual modality that scared the most conservative people. Although none of these themes has lost its importance, undoubtedly it makes us smile a little that all those that a year ago were mere speculations or predictions about the consequences of the digitalization can now be based on a gigantic social experiment, that forced everybody to dive into the virtual dimension to keep working, interacting with people, studying.

Even if it is indisputably clear that human and social interactions could never be completely substituted by virtual ones, it is just as clear that “working” will never be the same. As an obvious consequence of these changes, whose repercussions will be probably unveiled only in a couple of years, the design of workplaces will now face a new challenge, dealing both with the rapid digitalization and with a more pressing need of insulation and protection. A new kind of safety is then required, demanding for wider spaces, properly dimensioned to keep the exact distance between protection and social interaction. However, many buildings inaugurated this year, and so conceived before the pandemic, will now face a whole new set of requirements, that were probably not considered during the design phase.

The Amsterdam Courthouse, a public issue

Jenine Principe

Looking back at this unbelievable past year, it seems that everything is different now: from our habits to our homes, from the way we spend our free time to the place we work in, the virus SARS-CoV-2 has been a real game changer.

Everyone remembers how fiery the debate about the huge impact of the social media in our lives was, how intense was the discussion about the paradigm shift towards the digital world and about the abandonment of the classic ways of aggregation, in favor of a virtual modality that scared the most conservative people. Although none of these themes has lost its importance, undoubtedly it makes us smile a little that all those that a year ago were mere speculations or predictions about the consequences of the digitalization can now be based on a gigantic social experiment, that forced everybody to dive into the virtual dimension to keep working, interacting with people, studying.

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