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Coworking spaces in urban settings: Prospective roles?

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posted on 22.05.2020 by Davi Nakano, Morag Shiach, Mikko Koria, Rosana Vasques, Emerson Gomes dos Santos, Tarek Virani
Coworking spaces (CWS) are workplaces created to provide infrastructure and interaction opportunities for independent professionals and freelancers. They are a result of a trend toward flexible and project-based assignments, shared use of durable assets and exchange of services. Despite controversy, they are argued to compose the hardscape of innovative urban ecosystems and public policies have stimulated their creation. In São Paulo, since 2016, both city and state administrations conducted initiatives to start public CWS. Despite efforts, results have been mixed, and the problem is related, in part to lack of clarity regarding the roles CWS can play to users and in their cities. To address this issue, five CWS roles are proposed: infrastructure provider, community host, knowledge disseminator, local coupling point and global pipeline connector, and the more roles a CWS plays, the greater its impact on the city.

Funding

São Paulo State Research Support Agency (FAPESP) (Grant number 2018/26755-1).

History

School

  • Loughborough University London

Published in

Geoforum

Publisher

Elsevier BV

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Elsevier Ltd

Publisher statement

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Geoforum and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geoforum.2020.04.014.

Acceptance date

26/04/2020

Publication date

2020-05-21

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0016-7185

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Mikko Koria. Deposit date: 22 May 2020

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