The pandemic has brought about huge changes in many aspects of work and lifestyle. One transformation that could soon come about is a shift to smart cities.
“We need to reimagine how workplaces can look like and how they best serve work and add value,” says Frederik Anseel, Associate Dean of Research and Professor of Management at UNSW Business School.
A key part of smarter cities lies in flexibility, with people having greater choice over where, how and when they work. This is expected to lead to hub and spoke office models, with small workspaces available for people to meet all over the city, closer to peoples’ homes.
“This is the concept of the 15-minute city,” added Prof Anseel, “where people do not need to commute for long times.
“Work hubs will also be more embedded in community life, making it easier to flexibly switch from meeting someone, doing some concentrated work at home, go shopping and exercise and go out with friends or colleagues – all in the vicinity of one’s own house and workspace.”