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Doing & Learning – Designing for Collaborative Workplaces at Hub Melbourne

Late last year Village Well collaborated with Hub Melbourne and Hassell to collaboratively design their new work space in the old ballroom a.k.a ‘Hub 2.0’.

One of the great things about working on this project was the ability to be able to go back, months later to see the now fully occupied and humming space in action.

Here are a few photos I took at the new Hub 2.0:

So last night Erin and I from the office headed down to Hub Melbourne to learn more about co-design and work places and listened to a talk on Designing for Collaborative Workplaces by Professor George Cairns from the School of Management at RMIT and Steve Coster from Hassell.

It was great to learn about the key drivers influencing the growing trend and desire to co-create and co-design work spaces and places all over Australia and globally, including companies like Google who pioneered this shift and culture change in work places and to also see some great case studies from the University of Adelaide’s new campus to ANZ headquarters in Docklands. The rise in technology and social media is allowing people to engage with co-design at an unprecedented level and the trend appears to be that it will continue to grow as well as people’s desire to be involved and have ownership in the process.

What really stood out to me was understanding the key drivers influencing the major cultural shifts and organizational changes happening in small business to large corporations. In the last decade the approach to the design of work places was looking at things like connection, transparency, collaboration and more flexibility. Onto this decade and things like community, authenticity, meaning, creativity, value creation and fully flexible environments are being discussed in the design of work places.  Sounds like placemaking to me!

So what we are witnessing is the growing movement in creating more healthy, sustainable and meaningful environments in where people work and spend most of their days, and it is positive to see that companies are becoming proactive and willing to engage with users in a deeper more meaningful way. The future of work places and spaces looks brighter, revealing the yearning of re-connecting back to place – whether that be at home, at work and in places in between.

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