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The City without Offices

PHD Dissertation

The increasingly widespread implementation of digital and collaborative strategies within office-workplace organization is generating a paradox for urban environments: on one side major and large scale office-space developments processes seems to persist independently from existing users needs, while at the same time demand in proximity and density of work-related activities have intensified within inner-cities locations. This implies a shift of paradigm in workplace design from a mere architectural and private domain to the competences regarding public urban space. The question then is “how the uses of digital and collaborative tools are altering urban work-related practices?”, “Can this understanding support a better alignment between supply and demand of workplaces within urban environments? If yes, which tools and urban design scenarios can be outlined in order to address the issues that knowledge-work digitalization will raise over the city?” A geo-social analysis will contribute to understand morphological features of work-related interactions and uses within three european cities with high density of knowledge based business services: London, Paris and Amsterdam. Secondly, in order to support future design strategies, workplaces features and user’s configuration will guide urban design scenarios which aim to prefigure narratives about the intensification of digital work within inner-city areas.


Michelangelo Vallicelli

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