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Coworking challenge: 16 ideas for the future of coworking spaces

The quest for the perfect coworking space design is no small matter. That is why design and new concept competitions are so great. After 50 days, the “coworking challenge” brought to you by Betahaus, DreiSechsNull and Jovoto, has finally released the 17 winners of the contest, along with a multitude of inspiring ideas. Let’s get inspired! You will probably discover that one of the winning ideas is soon becoming a reality in a coworking space near you.

  • Found in Paradise: Coworking on Islands

    More often than not, cities on islands see many people come for the holidays and then return their jobs in the big city. Yet what about those who call paradise home? What does their work life look like? How do they go beyond the tourist industry and create a rich professional environment, and not simply get lost in paradise, but thrive in paradise?

  • A Brief History Of The Office

    The office: was it better before? Not so sure. Our ancestors would be shocked to see the way we work today: "comfortably" and in coworking spaces. But what did the office look like before the arrival of design, ergonomics, open space … and even the rolling office chair? We took a trip back to the past, to understand how coworking today revolutionizes our understanding of the workspace.

  • Green Coworking: How Ecofriendly Coworking Spaces Can Look

    Sustainable lifestyles are a thoughtful response to the state of world we live in at this point in time. But a greener lifestyle is only the beginning. Sustainable business practices are also on the rise, and coworking spaces, with their inherent flexibility and tendency towards the experimental and the unconventional, are the perfect places for green practices to abound.

  • Coworking Spaces... Run By Corporations

    The philosophy behind coworking and corporate work environments seem to be very different. In many ways coworking is considered the alternative to working in a traditional office, and it gives those who want to change their work environment, a place to go. But what if there was a way to have the best that coworking has to offer, without having to completely abandon your current occupation. We took a closer look at coworking spaces that have found the happy medium between the two concepts, and as a result have created some spaces of their own.

  • Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan: when optimism meets coworking

    Would you be ready to create your own business, despite being faced with political and economic instability? In Jordan, Lebanon and Egypt, entrepreneurs and coworking spaces say: yes! Well before the "Arab Spring", the democratization of information technology had already started developing towards digital entrepreneurship.Thus,after the 2008 recession, numerous incubators and coworking spaces emerged, which now support a new generation of entrepreneurs.

  • Spotlight London Coworking: Liverpool Street, Clerkenwell & the City

    Our last spotlight on London coworking spaces took us to Hoxton. This time around we will be focusing on locations centred on Liverpool Street, Clerkenwell and the City of London.

  • Coworking spaces: a new lease on life for historical architecture

    Your current coworking space might have been a church, or even a bus factory in its previous life. The fancy walls could be the historical construction of a bygone era, or a part of a structure left behind by a pious pilgrim. The high ceilings might have seen icy days when the space collected huge amounts of sweating ice blocks, or the place where you are sitting right now could have once been the little table of a studious pupil.

  • Brand new coworking spaces and their future plans

    The seeds of coworking are quickly spreading around the world, and spaces are now popping up at the same speed as the information that drives the coworking movement. So what are these new spaces like? What are their experiences within the first weeks of existence? As a way to give you a sense of the new coworking spaces available around the world, Deskmag spoke with four spaces that have opened in the US, Thailand, Spain and France, within the last three months.

  • Power Lunches: Coworking Style

    Power Lunches are typically associated with the corporate lifestyle. We imagine business suits, fancy cars, folders full of incomprehensible paperwork, racking up a huge tab and then putting it on the company credit card. Power Lunches set the stage for interviews, meetings, planning projects, and of course, the basic need to eat. Yet what about those who also need to conduct interviews and have meetings, but don’t have the freedom to take clients out to a steak dinner on the company credit card? Freelancers need to eat too!

  • The sharing economy vs. the dominant model

    We sometimes need to go back to the basics, especially during a time of structural crisis like the one we are experiencing now, which has ultimately called the principles of our economy into question. We cannot not understand what the “sharing economy” means if we do not ask ourselves what “economy” means. I would stand by this definition: the economy is a human activity consisting of production, distribution, exchange and the consumption of goods and services. Using this explanation at a starting point, let's compare the new sharing economy and the classic economy model, point by point.

  • Why Your Office Will Disappear

    If you’re like most people, you work in a high-rise building alongside colleagues who, much of the time, are away from their seats in meetings, at lunch or traveling for business. Get ready for drastic change. A global recession, emerging sharing economy and more buy in to climate change are each pointing boardrooms toward efficiency. Your office as you know it will be gone.

  • Coworking with your kind of people

    People can be more productive around like-minded people, as the whiff of inspiration transpired among similarly motivated individuals catches on like fire. The special insight that each enthusiastic person brings to a common problem charges up another dreary soul, who may be momentarily down in the ruts or scarce of ideas. They understand the pain and problems of their peers in the industry and can better commiserate and share experiences.

  • Coworking Spaces - Hubs for the Collaborative Economy

    Communities and networks are beginning to rapidly develope as a result of something called: the collaborative economy, ultimately challenging the myth of scarcity. While a variety of components form this economy, they seem to all come to the same conclusion: coworking spaces. Welcoming communities, meetups, fablabs, markets or P2P platforms, coworking spaces have become the real "hubs" of the collaborative economy.

  • Will the next great novel be written in a coworking space?

    There has always been an aura surrounding the writer. We imagine the greatest novels, the sweetest novellas, and most heart wrenching words can only be realized in a solitary environment. One must suffer (alone) to produce the most genius work…or is that just a myth?

  • The evolution of coworking spaces

    Today over 100,000 people are working in coworking spaces, that’s more than in the offices of Apple, Google or Facebook. Yet, coworking spaces work more decentralized, align their rooms to the wishes of their members, and not vice versa. A steady increase in coworkers leads to the creation of more (and bigger) coworking spaces. But how do we see these work stations in the future? We spoke with architect Kim Wang, who focuses on coworking spaces that you should look out for.

  • 6 Reasons to build a cooperative of coworkers

    Cooperatives generate 100 million jobs around the world and propose a model that reflects the values of the collaborative economy. Thus, we now see coworking spaces that are managed by cooperatives of entrepreneurs, resulting in coworkers that have control over their workspace, while also having the ability to share their skills and ensure the viability of their business. Deskmag presents to you 6 good reasons to create your own coworking cooperative.

  • The growth of the hybrid coworking space

    We are often asked, what is the best design for a coworking space? We always answer this in the same way, that it depends on the community that will be using it, as it ultimately needs to reflect their needs. This is not an attempt to evade the question, but simply an observation based on experience, that the most vibrant coworking spaces have their own character defined by the people that use it. But it also relates to the business model for the coworking space.

  • Will Coworking Spaces Be The New Classrooms?

    Web design, programming and new technology are constantly evolving, resulting in students entering classrooms with knowledge that is already obsolete. How do we bridge the gap between what the education system teaches us and what the new generations need to succeed in the 21st century? Coworking could be the solution, and the good news is: even universities have discovered the benefits of coworking. Perhaps coworking will become the new way to educate the entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

  • Public Support of Coworking Spaces: The Example of France

    Since the very beginning, France has lagged behind in the Coworking adventure. But in the last two years the country has quickly caught up with the rest of the coworking world and has recently welcomed large events such as the last Coworking Europe Conference in 2012. Boasting about 60 Coworking spaces, France is now experiencing an above-average increase in comparison to the rest of Europe. An interesting development, while public authorities have already played a role in structuring the movement.

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