The Whole-Life Workplace \

Part of the London Festival of Architecture

Co-working spaces have fundamentally shifted the idea of the workplace. Their success has largely been fuelled by a breed of freewheeling young creatives. But are the limits of co-working defined by age? Who says that young creative types should have a monopoly on collaboration and community? We threw the DNA of co-working spaces in the petri dish and created a place where people from each stage of working life form a productive community. Mutant typology or new development model?

Whether you're an educator, developer or care-worker, please join us for a drink and an all-ages discussion.

18:00 – Reception
18:30 – Talk

Our panel

Jonathan Collie - Co-founder, Age of No Retirement
Jonathan is a medical doctor by background who became an accidental social entrepreneur through winning a national Department of Health-funded design challenge, entitled “Living Well With Dementia”. He subsequently founded Trading Times which is an online skills-dating service that helps recently-retired people find flexible, paid work opportunities with local SMEs. In 2014, Jonathan also co-founded ‘The Age of No Retirement’ which champions the value and experience of older workers – and adopts creative and innovative approaches to breaking down age barriers and shattering ageist myths and stereotypes.

Louis Woodhead - Campaigner, Long Live Southbank
Louis is a 20 year old skateboarder and local at the skate spot under the Southbank Centre. In 2013 the SBC announced plans to turn the space into coffee shops and restaurants. Having just finished his A-levels Louis joined the campaign, collecting signatures, writing reports, speaking to the national press, helping run the social media and doing all the other jobs involved in running a campaign of this scale. Having won the campaign, Louis is still with Long Live Southbank, focussing on their community work and efforts to get the original skateable space back.

Michael Riebel - Researcher, &\also thinktank, Hawkins\Brown
Michael works as a researcher for Hawkins\Brown’s thinktank &\also which synthesizes the practice's aggregated architectural experience, while speculating on future forms and practice of the built environment. With a broad background in art history, architecture and sociology Michael has a comprehensive understanding of architecture as a multifaceted process within a specific framework of social and political conditions. Michael combines his detailed knowledge of the built environment with critical thinking, and approaches his researchtasks with the necessary mix of rigid analysis and speculative, open-minded attitude.

Darryl Chen - Partner, &\also thinktank, Hawkins\Brown
Darryl leads research at Hawkins\Brown and champions innovation under the auspices of the &\also thinkank. He also leads the urban design studio. His speculative work has been published and exhibited internationally, including at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. He has taught at the Bartlett school of architecture and Architectural Association. He writes and lectures widely on urbanism and practice-based research.

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Tuesday 23 June 2015
19:00 - 21:00
Vitra Showroom
30 Clerkenwell Rd
United Kingdom
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