Coworking Design + Community Management and Facilitation
The course analyses the growing practice of coworking from both a spatial and a community-centered design perspective, considering its diverse manifestation as independent organizations and corporate workplaces.A Design Thinking process, associated with project-based learning, will guide participants to understand and practice how to design coworking spaces and their related activities, policies or services to engage with its community...
Taught by: Antonio Iadarola.
The course analyses the growing practice of coworking from both a spatial and a community-centered design perspective, considering its diverse manifestation as independent organizations and corporate workplaces.A Design Thinking process, associated with project-based learning, will guide participants to understand and practice how to design coworking spaces and their related activities, policies or services to engage with its community. The course’s participants will learn the principles of experience design and experiment with external partner organisations to gain industry feedback.
Participants will work in teams to develop a coworking design. This will include both the conceptual and organisational model of the collaborative environment and the physical prototyping of its elements. During the course, visits to existing coworking spaces and talk or workshop sessions with industry experts will be organized to contribute to specific aspects of the ongoing team project.
What you will learn:
1. Understand the main elements of a coworking organization, its different existing models and emerging trends in the industry.
2. Learn Design Thinking methods for community management, tailored to engage your coworking community in participatory activities.
3. Learn the architectural characteristic of coworking and the process to blend design and strategy in the creation of a physical environment that provides seamless workplace experiences that foster collaboration and individual wellbeing.
Who it is for:
Community managers, coworking managers, facility managers, real estate managers, co-design facilitators, entrepreneurs, designers and architects, as well as young professionals aspiring to build new expertise towards those categories.
The course is highly interdisciplinary and therefore suitable for both designers and non-designers.
Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older
Antonio Iadarola is a trained industrial designer from Naples, Italy and currently based in New York. He holds an MA in Narrative Environments from Central Saint Martins School of Arts and Design and a Phd in Design Innovation from the Second University of Naples, Italy and visiting scholar at the Parsons DESIS Lab, NYC. He is strongly interested in curating co-design processes and collaborative spaces. He specialises in the field of design for Social Innovation with a focus on placemaking and service design. His academic is aimed at finding emerging practices for the design of temporary and permanent co-work environments, some of his recent work include research positions in the Harlem Collaboration Project where he used service design thinking to facilitate the design of a temporary social innovation lab to support youth development in the area of Harlem, NY. He also coordinated co-design activities for the TEDxCaserta to explore the future of work in South of Italy as well as consulting independent design brand for productions in Europe and US. In 2014 he founded Studio Wé, a transdisciplinary design studio that works between research, industrial and communication design. Their projects range from context specific objects and experiential spaces to co-design workshops and visual communication. He is active in the service design community participating and organising to service design jam and mentoring within educational programmes.You can find Antonio on Twitter and LinkedIn
Students should bring to the first session:
- Any material related to their project proposals
- Laptops and cameras (not essential)