Coworking spaces are shifting the paradigm. “The key is to design communities,
spaces that appeal to people at the communal level,” added Quintana.
While the rise of coworking spaces initially accommodated the needs of workers
by providing office and collaborative spaces without the downside of a long-term
lease, the trend is gaining popularity as an option for travelers and remote workers
because it helps them connect locally.
For Troy Durst, owner of Opus 314, a coworking space in Chicago, that means
offering flexibility, natural light, views of the city, and access to green spaces where
people can congregate, collaborate, and connect with the local community.
“I want people to feel grounded in the space,” said Durst. “It attracts a diverse
community—from someone doing business in the start-up phase to solo entrepre-
neurs and more transient employees. It encourages collaboration and gets people
talking to one another.”
That kind of camaraderie can reframe the experience of working while traveling,
and reimagine the comforts of the home and office.
Louisa Fitzgerald is the senior writer and editor at IIDA, which can be reached at
1-888-799-4432, email@example.com, or www.iida.org.
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