Over almost three centuries our lives and urban environements have been indelibly shaped by our place of work, and the rise of the office has driven technological innovation, transformed the lives of women in society and raised academic standards. But now, since the Covid-19 lockdown has forced millions of employees to adapt to working remotely, talk has shifted to the demise of the office with the trend for home working expected to continue well after the pandemic subsides.
Of course, working at home is nothing new. Before the East India Company opened its purpose-built home on Leadenhall Street in London in 1729, business owners tended to live above the shop, employing clerks who lived there too and who were treated a bit like domestic servants. The advantage was that there was no commute, the disadvantage, as some of us are finding now, was that there was no escape.
Together, we will discuss the future of work in the post-pandemic world, and what it means for the future planning of our towns and cities.
Introduction and Chair
Paul Reynolds UDG Secretary; Tapestry, Director
TOWNS AND DISTRIBUTED WORKING - RHETORIC AND REALITY
Diarmaid Lawlor Scottish Futures Trust, Associate Director
THE FUTURE OF WORK AND WHAT IT MAY MEAN FOR THE HIGH STREET
Alex Cochrane SWECO, Project Director
Lessons from Sweden
COULD CO-WORKING SPACES SAVE HERITAGE BUILDINGS
Andy Graham TheUrbanGlow, Director
Further speakers to be announced