Future cities shaped by the ability to work anywhere
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...the Games and beyond.
“Anywhere Working Cities and smarter working concepts are no longer just theories," Norman Baker, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, said.
"They are now realities. Examples throughout this paper demonstrate how technology infrastructure and new ways of working are having a real and beneficial impact today in cities around the world. However, for cities to continue to evolve and the UK to remain competitive, modern technology that cuts costs, improves efficiency and cuts carbon must be embraced.”
Key points from the paper include:
· Future cities must have a strong, strategic transport architecture policy that will also have to be more inventive within the current transport framework to encourage a shift in attitude and behaviour
· Third spaces around railway stations and other transport hubs can be used to stagger commuting times, which could help companies encourage a more flexible working day model, where employees come into the office for a set period anytime within an extended time window
· Enabling technologies, such as the growth of the cloud computing, ubiquitous wireless, the consumerisation of technology and BYOD (bring your own device) extends the ‘place’ where you can work to numerous out of office settings helping boost productivity of staff
· Investment in technology infrastructure can enable the multitude of modern centres within a metropolis, which are often semi-deserted during the day, to be workspaces or workclusters in their own right, linked by networks or corridors of connectivity
“The evolution to an Anywhere Working City is driven by over-crowding, environmental concerns, economic factors and society’s desire to work and live in a more balanced way," Linda Chandler, Enterprise Services Architect at Microsoft,... continued on page three >