After the plague: what will we need from our places of work?

In our latest update during the pandemic, Academy director Jeremy Myerson looks the impact of the virus on the places and spaces for work, while designer Key Kawamura of Studio Banana explores how to stay creative at home

With WORKTECH’s professional live conference series is now paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, we are continuing to reach out to our 10,000-plus Academy members, WORKTECH attendees, speakers, partners and sponsors through our WORKTECH Wednesday Briefing, which presents on new ideas and perspectives.

In this week’s edition, Academy director Jeremy Myerson revisits four place-based trends in WORKTECH Academy’s report, The World of Work in 2020, published in early January. With work and workplace so rooted in a place-based culture, how will facilities and design adapt after the current crisis has passed? How can we reclaim the public realm? What will happen to the future of high density open plan space? Can we learn from the adaptability of theatre design? And will the sustainable trends imposed by the lockdown simply fade away? View the video here.

We also feature a video in which Key Kawamura, co-founding partner of international design firm Studio Banana, answers pertinent questions about likely changes in user behaviour, provides some tips on working from home and explains how to be creative and imaginative when you’re at home and not exposed to external stimuli.

Kawamura reminds us that the word ‘crisis’ in Greek means decision-making, striking a positive note about remaking the future of work.


Work Out of The Box is a self-published book about workplace innovation from designers Studio Banana, in which experts in the field are interviewed on a range of different subjects. Work Out of The Box is available from Studio Banana here

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