Author: Jinhee Koh
Professor: Greg lynn
LOA institute of architecture- University of applied arts Vienna
At this present, new technology and revolution is emerging, we need a new workspace to meet a variety of demands for new generation. It is doubtful if post-fordism, which suggested Flexible Specialization in information technology era through computer control automation, is still available as a way of looking at consumption and production in a rapid industrial revolution, blurring boundary between Human and Non-human. It is questionable for the millennial generation – representing a full 40% of the total workforce by 2020 as the baby boom generation retires from the workplace – to have a consensus on the way of labor and production among the older generations.
Now we live in hyper-connected societies in which all things can communicate through virtual network. In these societies, the machines build an equal relationship with human beings by bridging the gap between Human and Non-human. Digital information which was locked on the media becomes augmented and mixed with physical objects in daily life. Human behavior which was restricted to the screen starts to interact with the virtual information right in front of their body. These new tendencies raise a question about screen-oriented work environment and encourage people to criticise the ergonomic design based on the interaction between Human and the computer.
The millennials participate in production activities in a variety of ways based on social media and like to be their own boss rather belonging to a company. Contrary to the baby boomer valued a job for life, the new generation respects their own identity and wants to have proper prioritizing between work and life. In this sense, they prefer freelancing or working independently, which enables them to work flexibly and allows them more freedom, and these types of work provide them with the opportunity to work on a variety of different projects across sectors and give them the chance to collaborate with other people.
Workspace today requires a new ergonomic design based on interaction between human beings and virtual information itself and gives more flexibility to human behavior, allowing them to escape from fixed equipment and conventional places. Office doesn’t represent a workplace for the millennials anymore, it is an open platform that they want to work and communicate with each other. Flexible work environment creates on-demand surrounding space around people according to the program and facilitates interaction between them. This is the workspace to meet the needs of the times and it is the space to reflect the work today.