Coworking Design and Community Engagement

This course provides principles and practical tools for the design of coworking environments. We will look into the growing phenomena of coworking from both a spatial and a community-centred design perspective. The programme will offer a critical overview of the coworking practice, considering the creation of a coworker community the starting point for a participatory design process of workplace facilities for individual and collective work, social and learning settings as well as of services for productivity and team collaboration...

Taught by: Antonio Iadarola.

Description

This course provides principles and practical tools for the design of coworking environments. We will look into the growing phenomena of coworking from both a spatial and a community-centred design perspective.

The programme will offer a critical overview of the coworking practice, considering the creation of a coworker community the starting point for a participatory design process of workplace facilities for individual and collective work, social and learning settings as well as of services for productivity and team collaboration.

Who should take this course?

Designers, co-design facilitators, community managers, coworking managers, entrepreneurs, facility managers, project managers.

Topics covered include:

  • how to enable thriving collaboration within a workplace
  • how to evaluate the right degree of flexibility and transformability of the work space
  • good principles
  • false myths of coworking design

There will be project proposals, design thinking workshops and project work based on iterative prototyping sprints.

By the end of the course you should get an understanding of how to design and maintain a coworking space and engage with its community. In order to achieve that, the students will learn the principles of participatory design, facilitation techniques, methods and tools of experience design and proxemic theories.

Entry requirements: None

Level: All levels

Tutor information

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 he is a Phd candidate at 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





Materials

Students should bring to the first session:

  • Any material related to their project proposals
  • Laptops and cameras (not essential)

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
20/03/2017 - 31/03/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:002 Weeks£1075Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket