The Future of Work

The nature of the work place is changing in developing and developed cities across the world. The advent of new industries, skills and global perspectives has rendered the usual office space insufficient for many.

This innovative age requires not only new solutions to modern problems, but also a reworking of the spaces where these ideas are born.

‘The Future of Work’ session at our recent New Cities Summit brought together the founder of a co-working space in Paris, the head of the conscious innovation consultancy, Mandalah, a renowned Brazilian architect and the Vice Mayor of Rotterdam. These four individuals from different sectors represent the indisputable change that is occurring in workplaces across the world.

The speakers dove into some of the most pressing questions for cities regarding the future of work; where will ideas, services and goods be produced in tomorrow’s cities? How will the new urban economy drive competition among global cities? In the age of co-working, fab-labs, co-creation and smart work — do the office and the factory have a future? What impact will the future of work have on the human city overall?

The point that everyone agreed on was that cities need to take the changing forms of work into consideration when project planning. To continue to foster creativity and work as incubators of ideas, the city must inspire, promote and enhance workers’ experience.