Thanks to telecommunications breakthroughs, almost half of all jobs in North America and Europe could today be performed away from a traditional office. This book explores the "co-workplace," a new type of neighbourhood-based facility offering the benefits of remote work while maintaining boundaries between work and home. Laura Johnson draws lessons from spaces used collaboratively by software developers, artists, lawyers, and other professionals.The Co-Workplace tackles one of the central policy and planning issues of our time and is vital reading for those in urban planning, communications, work and leisure studies, and women's studies.
Laura C. Johnson teaches at the School of Planning atthe University of Waterloo and is a consultant on issues of socialpolicy.
Figures and Tables Preface 1 Putting Work in Its Place 2 Situating Homework in Time and Space 3 If You Worked Here You'd Be Home By Now: Pros and Cons ofHome-Based Telework 4 Are We There Yet? The Telework Centre Office 5 Your Mother Doesn't Work Here: Learning from Existing Modelsof Co-Workplaces 6 Where Can I Sign Up? The Demand for Co-Workplaces 7 Planning the Co-Workplace: Six Scenarios 8 Humanizing Home-Based Work with the Co-Workplace Appendix A: Research Methods Appendix B: Research Instruments References Index