Online the Report COWORKING A MILANO – from pandemic to 15 minutes city, a research on the evolution of coworking in Milan during the crisis by Covid-19 realised by Collaboriamo Aps, UNiCatt, DAStU Politecnico di Milano – and promoted by the Municipality of Milan.
Techinnova also made a valuable contribution to the survey, appearing in the Report as one of the coworkings that participated in the co-design sessions.
The report Coworking in Milan. Dalla pandemia alla città a 15 minuti (From pandemic to the city in 15 minutes) is organised in three sections.
In the first, carried out by DAStU-Politecnico di Milano, the geography of work and work spaces is analysed. The hypothesis guiding the analysis is that suburban and peripheral areas can become more attractive places to live and work. The survey analyses the location of coworking spaces in order to identify: the main agglomerations and location dynamics in the period 2014-2021; the characteristics of the neighbourhoods in which they are located; the accessibility basin (15 minutes walking and cycling) of coworking spaces; and the peripheral neighbourhoods where new coworking spaces could be hosted. The survey is accompanied by an analysis of the telephone traffic of TIM users, which allows to compare the mobility relations between Milan neighbourhoods before and during the Covid-19 pandemic – with the final aim of identifying the potential user base for new proximity coworkings.
The second survey, carried out by TRAILab-Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, analyses the experiences of coworking spaces during the pandemic emergency and the opinions of coworking managers with respect to development directions. The survey was carried out through interviews with the managers of 87 coworking spaces – out of a total of 127 spaces identified in the Milan area. The survey highlights five main trends: proximity coworking, employees as new coworkers, companies in coworking, the demand for flexibility and the relationship between physical and digital space. Finally, it highlights the differences between small and large spaces and between coworking as a primary and secondary activity.
The third survey, carried out by Collaboriamo, looks to the future: through a co-design process carried out with coworking spaces (including the coworking space of the Techinnova incubator), the profile of four types of neighbourhood coworking is outlined: coworking as a training and learning centre, platform coworking, widespread coworking and coworking living lab. The models analysed have certain traits in common: openness, co-creation, digital, activism, collaboration and hybridisation. For each model of neighbourhood coworking, the following are identified: services offered, staff characteristics, actors with whom they relate, membership, organisation of space and time, and costs/revenues. The report concludes with an analysis of inter-organisational collaborations between coworking spaces, with a view to creating a city-wide network.
Where they are, how they are organised, in which directions they are moving: the three reports offer an integrated perspective on the present and possible futures of coworking in Milan. The key words, which recur throughout the Report, are: polycentrism, proximity and hybridisation.
The full report can be found at https://collaboriamo.org/media/2021/07/Coworking_a_Milano.pdf.