Previously, new digital communication technologies caused some theorists to predict “the death of distance” — liberating us from the office space. Today’s technology does allow global and instantaneous communication, but most of us still commute to offices for work every day. Why? Human aggregation, friction, and the interaction of our minds are vital aspects of work, especially in the creative industries.
Understanding how the workforce connects within a flexible working environment is crucial for designing and operating next-generation offices. In a recent webinar, “How Future Workspaces Will Improve Productivity and Creativity,” MIT professor Carlo Ratti, director of MIT’s Senseable City Lab, discussed how new digital tools are emerging to measure human connections and spatial behavior, and how design can respond accordingly.
In this webinar, viewers will learn:
- How digital technologies and ubiquitous computing are transforming aspects of our everyday life, including the way we move, communicate, and work
- How co-working — demonstrating the value of sharing a space with a community of like-minded people, facilitating human aggregation — requires the design of new office spaces
- How real-time data analytics paired with digitally integrated furniture and buildings may enable the creation of workplaces that respond dynamically