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The development of Coworking Spaces

Most coworking spaces have more members than desks, yet the effective use of their desks is just under 50% since not all coworkers work at the same time. The majority of workspaces therefore seem to have room for more new members. This is particularly good to know at the end of summer, which is the time most coworking spaces sign up the majority of new members. This article in the series of the global coworking survey results looks at the development within coworking spaces themselves.

  • The most read articles in 2010

    The year 2010 was the first year for Deskmag, and as it draws to a close it's a good opportunity to look at the stories which our readers considered most interesting since we started in August. Take a look at the Top10 list of our readers.

  • Coworking: Half the cost of a traditional workstation

    Desk rental in a coworking space costs half as much as maintaining a workstation in a regular office. The real average cost of both coworking and regular office space has been compared for the first time in a global study of desk rental figures. The result is that coworking beats office rental by more than 50% in most cities where the shared workspace concept is active.

  • More members than desks: Survey confirms coworking’s success

    Coworking spaces are mostly small, full, privately-run and unsubsidized, earning money from a combination of desk and meeting space rental. And the number of spaces in Europe has grown rapidly, from under 20 before 2008, 80 in 2009, to at least 150 today. Some predict the growth curve to maintain its steep ascent. That’s the picture that emerged through a survey of coworking spaces, released on the weekend at the Coworking Europe conference in Brussels.

  • Cashing in on coworking

    Should coworking spaces become “marketing platforms” for brands wanting to reach freelance workers? That was the controversial suggestion made by Italian coworking space owner Mattia Sullini at the Coworking Europe Conference in Brussels today. Sullini said spaces should embrace the opportunity to be conduits between brands and their customers, the hard-to-reach nomad worker.

  • Why bankers and bureaucrats should visit coworking spaces

    Should bureaucrats and bankers start setting up booths in coworking spaces? Jean-Yves Huwart thinks so. The coordinator of Coworking Europe 2010 conference says coworking spaces could become hubs for government agencies and institutions seeking to reach freelance workers and start-up businesses.

  • The secret world of creative workspaces

    Photographer Paul Barbera harboured a desire to poke around the studios of his favourite creative people. Armed with his camera, he tried a direct approach and requested permission to photograph their work spaces. Surprisingly, most of them agreed. The result is a blog and a book about the studios and offices of creative people all across the world. It’s called, simply, 'Where They Create'.

  • “The economics of coworking has yet to be proven”

    The economic feasibility of coworking spaces has yet to be proven as a sustainable business model. Many more coworking spaces may open and close before a stable financial model is found. That’s the opinion of Richard Leyland, founder of Worksnug, who has been observing the coworking industry for more than a year.

  • Cohabitation leads to collaboration

    Sometimes a shared workspace is just a place where individual workers coexist. But more often than not, proximity encourages interaction. The 908video studio in Berlin is one example of how cohabitation leads to collaboration.

  • The incubation space for coworkers

    The Cube coworking space in London isn’t cube-shaped at all. That’s because the name of this intensely interactive office comes not from its dimensions, but from its ethos. Here, cube is short for incubate.

  • New energy from Battersea

    The Battersea district of London is industrial and rather unpeopled compared to the northern bank of the Thames, yet step through the doors of Battersea Studios and your perception is altered. Inside you’ll find Le Bureau, one of the city’s busiest and most inviting shared workspaces, stylishly decorated and buzzing with energy.

  • Unprepared for workplace changes

    More and more companies are facing major changes in the way they operate their workspaces, but are not doing enough to prepare themselves for it. These are the results of a study that also shows that the majority of new jobs are created on the basis of trust and networks.

  • The benefits of flexible workspaces

    Is it still profitable for companies to have all their employees in one place, or has the traditional workplace had its day? The research group IDC believes three-quarters of the U.S. workforce will be mobile next year, and similar trends are expected in Europe.

  • Coworking in clusters

    Most coworking spaces are open to all types of workers – graphic designers work alongside academic researchers, computer programmers and publicists. Yet some coworking spaces have found advantages in focusing on a theme.

  • Community works!

    When new coworking spaces are launched, they often take their inspiration from Independents Hall in Philadelphia. While not first coworking space, nor even the biggest, it has gained worldwide attention because of its bottom-up, community-focused approach to building a workspace.

  • "9 to 5 group" - Coworking's first name

    Have you ever quizzed your parents about the other potential names they considered for you? Coworking also underwent a name selection process. According to the man who is credited with inventing the coworking movement, it could have been called something very different.

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