We want cities full of life and activity. And we want walkable, thriving neighbourhoods at home.
We want the best of both worlds – at home and at work. Just as universities discovered the value of an always-accessible learning commons in realising their dream of a sticky campus, local governments have a role to play in hosting a new workspace setting – the working commons. Organisations and individuals are looking for new public and semi-public environments to meet and work collectively.
Urban settings need to be designed and managed to allow for many different kinds of curated special events: parties, lectures, pop-up experiences, meet-ups, and many other kinds of social, cultural and educational activities. The design of these environments needs to support rapidly changing programs of events, led or curated by different organisations and users.