Within a few days in the spring of 2020, the home office went from being a moderately beloved emergency solution to the normal case. The Corona crisis has changed the world of work rapidly, with consequences for our cities. What will now become of the high-gloss skyscrapers as a status symbol of potent companies? One of many exciting questions that Dr. Frank Friesecke answers in the GEOMNIBUS series “The Smart City after Corona”. The Smart City expert is an authorized signatory of STEG, one of the largest urban development companies in Germany.
What long-term consequences will the Corona crisis have on the world of work and on the further development of cities?
It can be assumed that Corona will have the most lasting impact on the world of work. The home office will become a permanent and steadily growing part of the working world, of that I am certain. As a result, oversized office buildings and even more space will become available in the city. The role of the central office could be taken over by the study in the (larger) apartment, but also decentralized offices close to the apartment. In their own neighbourhood or district, between grocery stores, hairdressers, snack bars and cafés, people could work in co-working spaces and thus avoid commuting to work.
Structural changes will not be avoidable for the office spaces that have been open so far. In the medium term, it will be necessary to convert offices in the city centres that are no longer available. Demand has been for centrally located apartments not only since Corona, but in many places the (still) very high prices for condominiums or the high rent level prevent affordable living in the city.
If it is possible to bring living back into the city centres, then the pavements would not have to be “folded up” after office and business hours. Read in the other episodes of the GEOMNIBUS series “The Smart City after Corona” what concrete effects the Corona crisis has had on the housing market, urban planning, traffic and trade.
Interview: die STEG
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