The future of workplace: how tech-districts shape urban form
To be rescheduled in autumn 2020
Speaker: Kyriaki (Katie) Kasabalis, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture and Urban + Environmental Planning, University of Virginia
Location: FAW.9.05, 9th Floor Fawcett House, Clement’s Inn, WC2A 2AZ
The number and scale of tech-districts across the globe are rapidly growing, affecting the geographical, political, economic, and social structures of cities. However, the vast majority of literature focuses on the effect of tech-districts on economic efficiency and competitiveness and fails to recognise the tactile ways it is restructuring the urban form.
This seminar, which will draw on a series of case studies from the U.S. and East Asia, is part of ongoing research across geographies and scales. Looking through a physical rather than an economic lens, this session will focus on the morphology of tech-districts and the relationships they enable. The session will explore the following questions: What is the spatial logic of these clusters and how are they redefining the relationship between work, home, and collective space? How is urban form evolving to accommodate the pressures of the ever-expanding knowledge economy, and how is the city engaging with these changes? Can the study of tech-districts through a physical lens guide more equitable development?
Kyriaki (Katie) Kasabalis is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture and Urban + Environmental Planning at the University of Virginia and Visiting Senior Fellow, LSE Cities. She is the founding principal of Future Assemblies, an interdisciplinary design studio, and co-founder of Future Current, an experimental platform for creatives to connect and collaborate over food.