How shared offices are helping to shape the urban millennium.
In 2008 – for the first time in history – more people in the world lived in citites than in rural areas. A milestone that marked the beginning of an uban millennium. According to a UNO report, over two thirds of the global population will live in a city by the year 2050. One thing is clear: if this development leads to less living space, smaller homes and more cramped offices, our quality of life will also dwindle. This has to be prevented – today.
Essential: Sustainable urban development
The urban population is increasing worldwide – and at a rapid pace. It is a development that needs to be taken seriously and one whose significance has also been recognised by the United Nations. In its Agenda 2030, the UN has defined 17 goals for sustainable development, among them the desire to «make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable». «Since the number of people who live in cities is set to rise to five billion by 2030, it is important to have efficient urban planning and management practices in place to meet the challenges of urbanisation» – according to an excerpt from the 11th goal of the agenda.
Problem: Unoccupied buildings and unused space
Yet what exactly is the solution that will lead us to this goal? Urban planners agree that in the future, the focus of our urban development will not be on bigger and ever higher new buildings, but on the intelligent use of existing buildings and sensible consolidation. And this is where the subject of «New Work» comes into play. The need for pure office space – classic office buildings – has declined. Large buildings in city centres are standing completely or at least partially empty. After all, people are increasingly working remotely or at least taking a hybrid approach and are thus sharing their workspace. And yet we all need human interaction in an inspiring environment to exploit our full potential. The office must therefore increasingly become a place of community. Experts are convinced that Generations Y and Z in particular, but also many babyboomers, are embracing the concept of togetherness more than ever – sharing instead of owning.
Solution: Work more flexibly, convert existing building stock
Shared offices precisely meet this need and are also perfectly compatible with the idea of sustainable urban development. They provide a place where people can get together to collaborate on a specific project, for example, or work in a bustling environment on a daily basis. You only rent the space you actually need. Modern shared office concepts also give their users flexibility because they do not have to enter into a long-term commitment and are able to react to the dynamic work situation. At the same time, oversized office space that is rarely fully utilised nowadays can be sensibly repurposed, significantly enriching and enhancing the living space that the growing population so urgently needs in our cities.
As much space as you need
Spoom also emerged from the forward-looking idea of converting space for a specific purpose so that it can optimally meet current needs. Here you only rent as much space as you actually need. Desk sharing or a separate workspace just for you? The choice is yours. What’s more, you can reduce or expand the size of the rented space each month really easily by smartphone, making the entire concept just as dynamic as your business and your needs. Give it a try. See you Spoom!