'(How) will we work until our last stage of life?'
Labor Lab #1: Senior Spaces
Part 1 of Labor Lab; an exploration of the future of work and our work environment.
Aging, an increased life expectancy and an uncertain retirement warrant that we continue to work at a much higher age in the future. How far will we go to facilitate our mental and physical health? If the 70+ generation finds its place in the office, what is the influence on its design? And do the current millennials actually realize that they are that generation?
"Senior Spaces" presents this spatial scenario and confronts us with a new generation in the workplace, the over-70s. The installation can be found in the co-working space TSH Collab from 4 - 15 February 2019. The chapter is concluded with an event on 15 February from 15:30 - 18:00 at the Parool Theater.
LABOR LAB What will our workplace look like in the future? With speculative interiors and subsequent events, Studio LONK will explore the major themes that will change work and the work environment. Senior Spaces is the first chapter of the triptych "Labor Lab": a spatial exploration of our future work landscape. With three speculative interiors in co-working spaces, we challenge influential parties from the field in the course of 2019 to think about the future by experiencing it now and by entering into debate.
The three scenarios are: Senior Spaces (in collaboration with TSH Collab and Brightpensioen); (how) are we going to work until our last phase of life? Queen B (in collaboration with B. Amsterdam, IBM, Blubrick-Nexton and Locatify); how do we respond to an office that is so smart that it steers us on the basis of personal data? And the third, Leisure for Life; what role does work still have in a world of far-reaching robotisation and basic income? The objective of Labor Lab is to get different parties, those who develop, design and use workplaces, to think and discuss about possible scenarios. Which major technological, cultural and demographic developments will drastically change work in the future? Are these scenarios to look forward to, is this a likely future, and what role do I play in enabling or adjusting it?