Today’s economic landscape is such that temporary and spatially diffuse employment has become the norm, and the rise of the digital nomad is having dramatic consequences on the organization of society. Knowledge work has become simultaneously distributed and collaborative. Entities such as the collective and individual are blending together, challenging the relationship between the public realm and the private workspace.
More than ever we are communicating in virtual spaces, but the more we go digital, the more we are looking for a new corporeality. Because one can work anywhere today, it could argued that there is no direct architectural manifestation of knowledge work. Hybrid programs are starting to emerge, but they are still fragmented in nature. These conditions require a new type of unifying built strategy to provide an armature in which latent forms of work can emerge and thrive in dense urban centers.