The Social Dimensions of Collaboration in Co-Working Spaces
Despite recent efforts to understand and improve work environments, motivated by the need of designers and stakeholders to grasp their social and spatial dynamics –and better respond to users' needs– co-working spaces remain an under-investigated typology of workspace. These community-driven workplaces differ in many ways from traditional offices, however, existing studies on office spaces aid the design of a research tailored to enquire into this sub-type. The development of a methodological
... amework for the analysis of co-working spaces is one of the main objectives of this thesis.Space syntax theory guides the exploration of this type of complex building, an evidence-based approach that is demonstrated here to have a significant contribution to the understanding of the built environment and social phenomena. By systematically observing human behaviour in space and performing analytical models of it, this research investigates the social dimensions of collaboration: a progressive consideration of collaboration as a practice that begins with spatial awareness of others, potentially leads to interaction, and ultimately gives the affordance for collaboration. The focus is on the potential of co-working spaces to facilitate professional collaboration between independent yet co-located workers. Through the study of a co-working space in London, this research has found that interaction and collaboration are complex behaviours that can be better understood through the combination of analytical tools derived from space syntax theory and social networks analysis, an innovative approach to interpret and represent spatial data applied to co-working spaces.