The future of work: the new ideas that will kill the office

Thursday 18th June, 2015 | 8am-9.30am

3 Brewhouse Yard
London EC1V 4JQ

Traditional jobs for life have disappeared and with it the traditional office.

While technologies like the web, artificial intelligence, big data, and improved analytics are automating many routine tasks, a new workforce has emerged that wants to live life on its own terms.

Entrepreneurial and often self-employed, the millennial generation is demanding work environments where they are comfortable and allows them to collaborate and share ideas.

Co-working spaces with generous communal areas and often housed in old buildings is one response to this demand.

At the same time, conventional offices are being re-configured with as much half of the total space given over to social areas whereas 20 years ago it rarely exceeded 10%.

But as technology becomes “calm” and recedes into the background, anywhere with a wireless internet connection can become an extension of the office, even the local park.

If the old rules are disappearing and work is no longer tied to specific times and places, what are the repercussions for how cities are designed?

This talk is a partnership with the London School of Architecture.

There will be a networking breakfast from 8am-8.30am.








An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he directs the Senseable City Lab.
He graduated from the Politecnico di Torino and the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, and later earned his MPhil and PhD at the University of Cambridge. As well as being a regular contributor to the architecture magazine Domus and the Italian newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore, he has written for the BBC, La Stampa, Scientific American and The New York Times.
His work has been exhibited worldwide at venues such as the Venice Biennale, the Design Museum Barcelona, the Science Museum in London, GAFTA in San Francisco, MoMA in New York and MAXXI in Rome.
In 2011 Fast Company named him as one of the ’50 Most Influential Designers in America’. He was also featured in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’. At the 2008 World Expo, his Digital Water Pavilion was hailed by TIME Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.
In 2011, Carlo was awarded the Renzo Piano Foundation prize for ‘New Talents in Architecture’.
He is currently serving as a member of the World Economic Forum ‘Global Agenda Council for Urban Management’ and is curator of the ‘Future Food District’ pavilion for the 2015 World Expo in Milan.