Home is where the work is: the case for an urban design revolution

A potential layout for a “workhome.” From theworkhome.com.

Pretty much every day, I commute two hours to work, work in a regular office, have lunch at a coffee shop, and commute two hours home. But today was a special day. I had a meeting closer to home in the morning, then made a site visit for a project in town, and spent the rest of the day working from home on a project I had available on my home computer. It’s nice to work from your couch, listening to music sans headphones, and being home when my wife gets back from her office.

The truth is, a lot more people are working this way than ever before. This post from The Conversation discusses the continued growth of working from home. Despite the growth in telecommuting, and the long history of people living and working in the same place, buildings today aren’t built with this sort of use in mind. Because of this, the London-based Workhome Project has conducted research and design into how to create a modern “workhome.” There are a variety of factors that determine what kind of workhome would be best for a certain situation: work/home balance; degrees of separation between functions; and how many people will use the workspace. They even have SketchUp models of some of the designs for you to get a better idea of how they look and feel. It’s a great resource for anyone thinking of creating a space for themselves or a few others to work at or near home.


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