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Coworking in Spain: Pop meets traditionalism & architecture

In the past two years, the number of coworking spaces in Spain has grown at a rate above that of the global average. The dramatic increase can be explained by a number of factors, which are not dissimilar to those experienced in the rest of the world; namely, the economic downturn, the growing number of flexible independent workers and startups, and the shift towards collaborative economic models. There are some factors however which distinguish the Spanish coworking scene from other countries. Here we explore these differences and take a closer look at the movement in the land of sun and tapas.

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    America’s famously independent city has a strong sense of community and lots of great public areas to gather and interact. Which might be why there are less official coworking spaces than might be expected. Portland has also experienced a few failed coworking experiments. But things are picking up.

  • Coworking in Chicago

    When the 'Coworking Space Ship' made its way across the US and Canada, it also landed on the border of Lake Michigan in Chicago, Illinois. The city is the third largest in the States with an estimated 9.8 million people, and considered a major hub for industry, telecommunications and infrastructure.

  • Coworking in Seattle

    Seattle was one of the first cities to adopt the 'coworking' concept after San Francisco. The idea of independent-yet-collective work fits perfectly in this highly liveable, liberal city. There’s a strong tech scene, lots of freelancers, and a generally positive attitude that encourages community interaction.

  • Coworking in Vancouver

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  • Coworking in Greece

    Even in countries where coworking has not taken off as explosively compared to others, looking at how the coworking movement has evolved can help us understand its different shades of meaning. This time we're looking at Greece.

  • Coworking in Prague

    Winding through the streets of the Czech capital, the diversity of architecture and their battle scars give an insight into the decades of political unrest Prague, and its inhabitants, have faced. The Czech Republic still suffers economic and social hangovers from its politically turbulent past; in particular the 42 years under Communist rule, which creates an interesting opportunity for coworking.

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    Melbourne is a magnet that attracts creative individuals from across the region. The growing freelancing culture has encouraged the development of several world-class coworking spaces, which offer a wide range of options in terms of style and price.

  • Coworking in Brisbane, Australia

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  • Coworking Barcelona: Creative response to the crisis

    What comes to mind when you think about Barcelona? The many protesters who camp out in the main square of the Catalan capital? Spain has the highest unemployment rate in the EU at 20%. Coworking doesn’t fix all these problems. But for those who want to work more autonomously, there are now eight real coworking spaces in Barcelona which offer mutual support and a better chance at work.

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