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DESIGNING THE FUTURE OF WORK

News 21 October 2020
There have been a number of global events whose impact on the future we can easily recognise. The Industrial Revolution has changed the way we work, just as the Digital Revolution did and continues to do, through automation, robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Even in a profession with a high creative component, such as architecture, it is estimated that about 20% of tasks can already be automated.

Understanding the past and trying to design the future is the work of today's architect, defining each stage of this evolution and in which trends the design of workspaces should be supported. Although the trends were already pointing the way, the most recent events related to the world pandemic anticipated what we recognise today as workspaces of the future.

 

 

In this sense the spaces will have to be rethought and reconfigured, allowing for flexibility in their use, also taking into account the increase in remote work. The metrics of design have changed their focus from people-centred to people-centred interaction and in this way we have begun to understand offices as Social Hubs, rather than work production spaces.  The latter definition is also based on the fact that individual tasks requiring more concentration can be done remotely, while group interaction activities such as meetings, brainstorming sessions, project development should be promoted in the offices.

 

Offices should continue to learn and evolve based on other concepts of remote work - take the example of the so-called gig economy, which encompasses independent, temporary or short-term project workers working remotely from anywhere in the world - just as people need the office to learn how to work and interact and companies need its spaces to keep the corporate culture alive.

 

The workspace of the future will certainly be evolutionary, underpinned by comprehensive policies based on location, function and productivity and where the well-being of employees is an increasingly important focus.

 

It is true that we have been through some complicated times, but it is now that it is fundamental to be focused on the future and the architect's challenge is precisely to perceive the opportunity for change, so that the retention of talent is a fact and not an aspiration, only achievable by the most advanced organizations.
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