City as a Workspace: The Ambient City

Part of: The City as a Workplace


The participants together with curator Sergey Pokrovsky and Vladimir Pirozhkov as a guest lecturer will design a piece of outdoor/indoor urban furniture which can facilitate contemporary lifestyles.

The object will will allow people seating on the object would be able to activate and use Yota internet for free.

The participants will be selected according to their design background (preferably product design), relevant experience and motivation for the topic.

Timetable 09-10/07 research focus groups coordinated by technopolitan studio and presentation internally of results by each focus group

Focus #1: The Nomadic City:

What are the implications of new lifestyle trends on the design of the built environment? How are urban dynamics changing?

How do people now use the city differently?

How do people utilise public space differently?

Do buildings and spaces currently cater for changing lifestyle trends adequately?

How and where do we consume new media?

Focus #2: The Hyper Connected City:

Identify the potentials of our hyper connective world in the work environment.

What are the different level of communications at work?

What are the potentials of co-production, co-generation of work?

What are the potentials and limits of online social network in work?

Focus #3: New Technologies/New Work-styles:

Discuss the impact of new technologies on our daily lives.

How has the miniaturisation of computers and communication technology enabled new dynamics for working and leisure?

How did the boundaries between work and leisure have become less distinguished in recent year?

How do you think new technologies will continue to alter the way we work, socialize and play?

Focus #4: Moscow as a Workplace:

Identify the existing and potential workplaces in Moscow – What are the shortcomings of the traditional office buildings?

What are the “third places” in Moscow and what are their characteristics and limits?

What urban spaces in Moscow could be used as a co-working spaces?

11/07 11am: introduction to the design workshop

11-12/07 11am-3pm: design charette and tutorials

13/07 11am-3pm: design charette and tutorials 5pm: common workshop/brainstorming with ‘Office of the Future’

14-15/07 11am-3pm design charette and tutorials

16/07 internal presentation of design workshop to Strelka + technopolitan studio

17-19/07 development of the findings, ideas and concepts towards a presentation to Yota with volunteer participants

20/07 Presentation to Yota and Strelka