The ex-DEGW show goes on. Steve Coster, all the way from Australia. Don’t worry he’s here a lot. Having had the privilege of working on projects in Australia, and visiting some incredible case studies there, I can say with all seriousness they are ahead of the curve. HASSELL, who have delivered some of those spaces, are both great designers and the purveyors of the irritating _bullet point. It nags at you after a _while. See what I mean?
In his tracing of the history of the development of workplace ideas in Australia, Steve showed the interconnectedness of all things – the rich kaleidoscope of people, firms and opportunities. We are in a human business, and we develop our thinking together. Living, breathing ubuntu.
So what have the Aussies got that we haven’t? Land, but few tenants. Projects led by business – not property – people. A small, hyperconnected industry freely sharing its IP. A young industry, fluid and baggage free. He didn’t mention money, which helps – banking, resources, sectors flush with cash. But it still has to be spent wisely. And we have all seen it not. We may have even felt it.
Where does Steve recommend we look for inspiration now? University common spaces and libraries, and co-working centres, That’s both interesting and a fairly damning indictment of the corporate workplace sector.
And finally…. Per Hansen. Smart Working programmes always fascinate, as they assume that the prior condition is/was Dumb Working. Per didn’t work for DEGW. Huzzah! Wait – he may not have worked for DEGW but he worked with them. But he still said “work isn’t a place, its an activity”. The perfectly ironic way to wrap up. I can’t go on……seemingly the final triumph of Apollo?
Actually I did go on, and did a wrap-up, which will be published somewhere else soon. I engineered it for Dionysus to have the last say. I couldn’t have left it with Apollo – its all about people, after all.
Live blogging. Its been new for me, and fun. If you have been reading – my sincere thanks.