This edited volume presents a compendium of emerging and innovative studies on the proliferation of new working spaces (NeWSps), both formal and informal (such as coworking spaces, maker spaces, fab labs, public libraries, and coffee shops), and their role during and following the COVID-19 pandemic in urban and regional development and planning.
This book has now been released. More details can be found here.
This book presents an original, interdisciplinary approach to NeWSps through three features:
- Situating the debate in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has transformed NeWSp business models and the everyday work life of their owners and users;
- Repositioning and rethinking the debate on NeWSps in the context of socioeconomics and planning and comparing conditions between before and during the COVID-19 pandemic; and
- Providing new directions for urban and regional development and resilience to the COVID-19 pandemic, considering new ways of working and living.
The 17 chapters are co-authored by both leading international scholars who have studied the proliferation of NeWSps in the last decade and young, talented researchers, resulting in a total of 55 co-authors from different disciplines (48 of whom are currently involved in the COST Action CA18214 ‘The Geography of New Working Spaces and Impact on the Periphery’ 2019–2023: www.newworking-spaces.eu).
Selected comparative studies among several European countries (Western and Eastern Europe) and from the US and Lebanon are presented. The book contributes to the understanding of multi-disciplinary theoretical and practical implications of NeWSps for our society, economy, and urban/regional planning in conditions following the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Ilaria Mariotti is an associate professor of urban and regional economics in the Department of Architecture and Urban Studies at the Politecnico di Milano, Italy.
Mina Di Marino is an associate professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway.
Pavel Bednář is an assistant professor and head of the Department of Regional Development, Public Sector Administration and Law, Faculty of Management and Economics, Tomas Bata University in Zlín, Czech Republic.
Read the recent book review article by Ilaria Mariotti, Mina Di Marino and Pavel Bednář review in Regions eZine Issue 13. The article can be found at The COVID-19 Pandemic and the Future of Working Spaces (book review).
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