Introducing the Worldwide Phenomenon of Flexible Workplaces

Mina Akhavan*, Stefano Di Vita, Ilaria Mariotti

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This introduction chapter briefly discusses the main focus of the book on the phenomenon of new workplaces (also known as “third places,” “flexible spaces,” and “collaborative spaces”), with a focus on coworking spaces and maker spaces, which is defined as permanent or temporary spaces for working. At the same time, they enable collaboration, mutual learning, knowledge sharing, as well as social and spatial relationships among users. It then highlights the importance of the book in sharing the findings of several international and multidisciplinary research projects concerning coworking spaces and maker spaces as paradigmatic of a shift in the new geography of working and making. Furthermore, this chapter outlines the structure of this edited book in four main parts: (i) Phenomena; (ii) Actors; (iii) Places; and (iv) Agenda. It then underlines that this book is designed for an international audience; it is useful not only for the academic world (in Urban Planning, Urban and Regional Economics, Geography, Sociology, Anthropology, Architectural and Urban Design) but also for policymakers, civil and entrepreneurial associations, and business operators.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch for Development
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameResearch for Development
ISSN (Print)2198-7300
ISSN (Electronic)2198-7319


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