6.11B The New Landscape of Work: A New Paradigm of Work and its Impact on the Workplace
Friday, October 5, 2018 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Venue: Charlotte Convention Center - West Wing
Room: 208A
The workplace has traditionally been thought of as a singular self-contained unit, a place where one comes to engage in work whether that is a headquarters facility or an office within a muliti-tenant office building. Commercial office buildings similarly have been thought of and conceived as independent enclosures for housing any number of separate and independent tenants with the most shared amenity potentially being a building fitness center. Engaging with ones neighbors was considered out of the question and risking proprietary information to the competition. Spaces that enabled collaboration and social interaction along with amenity spaces that bettered employees work experience were all contained within the individual office with the possible exception of a shared fitness center. Today thanks to influences of the shared economy, such as co-working, open source collaboration, the workplace is becoming more than a collection of individual offices. It involves connections at all levels, from retail and hospitality to the urban fabric connecting the city to the place of work. This has resulted in changing paradigms of the physical workplace and its connection to the urban fabric in which it resides. Design professionals involved in designing workplaces and buildings for organizations are being required to think differently about what this new workplace landscape looks like as well as what it is comprised of. It also calls for different processes and strategies to develop appropriate design solutions that more often than not, involve blurring boundaries between practice areas within architectural organizations as well as between a wide variety of professional service organizations. This presentation will explore this new landscape and review why traditional methodologies of thinking about the workplace, what comprises the workplace and means of developing appropriate workplace design solutions need to change. It will explore what change looks like, and what is needed for organizations to meet these changes. Blurring boundaries between work and the urban environment in which the workplace is situated will be shown with case studies from the perspectives of workplace strategy and urban design strategies and will be shared by Arnold Levin, Design Strategy Leader and Michael Johnson, Urban Design Principal at SmithGroup.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes:
• Understanding the new landscape of work, and the critical intersection between workplace and the urban place.
• How this new landscape is different and how design responses need different thinking in designing, procurring and thinking about solutions
• The impact of this new work landscape on the design strategies of workplace facilities
The importance of blurring the boundaries between work and urban design
Levels of Learning
300 level
Topic Category:
Arnold Levin, Principal, Workplace Strategies, Smith Group Jjr
Michael Johnson, SmithGroupJJR