The idea is to offer people and companies an ideal urban environment in which to work out and develop promising product and service innovations as efficiently and creatively as possible, and above all to test them directly on site.
What will need to be considered by employers in the future when designing their office space? What do working environments need to look like in order to strengthen employee loyalty to their company? And are the Corona-related restrictions on collaboration causing a long-term change in the way people think? - these are all questions that we asked ourselves in the second year of our cooperation with MIT and addressed together in exciting workshops.
Over the past few decades, the way we work has changed drastically, and with it our working environment. While little communication was necessary in the old days and hierarchical structures prevailed, the collective became more and more important with the digital transformation. Nevertheless, individuals continued to focus on their specific area of expertise, which meant that creativity and cross-disciplinary collaboration often fell by the wayside. Today, multiplied by the consequences of Covid-19, among other things, we understand that flexibility and interaction are essential success factors that must be promoted with the help of appropriately structured work environments in order to innovate more successfully in the future. This is because the working environment can influence results by either activating or limiting them.
How has an environment to be designed that stimulates the creativity of the individual, facilitates collaboration, also across industries, and ultimately increases productivity? We discussed these questions in a workshop with external partners, but also within the LabCampus team.
In a new working world, it is no longer sufficient to offer only functional office facilities. We need to follow up theoretical visions with concrete activities, change the way we work and create places that not only meet individual skills, wishes and needs. In the future, we will need agile space concepts where people not only want to work, but where they can also socialize, discover new things and, above all, enjoy being there. Some companies are already implementing exciting concepts based on this premise.
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Building on the expressionist art movement "DER BLAUE REITER" this idea proposes using art to promote social interaction. At REITER, autonomous vehicles and street furniture exchange data to create digital art landscapes. Interactive display units distributed around campus encourage residents to create a work of art that is visualized in real time on passing vehicles. Why we like this idea? It combines Munich's avant-garde artistic tradition with the city's strength in technological development - and that's exactly what we're aiming for with LabCampus, too!
Perhaps one day, residents will be able to simply create a profile, rent a garden, choose their desired plants, use predictive systems to control water levels and temperature, and determine what is grown and eaten in the restaurants and cafes on campus. Businesses decide whether they want to get their hands dirty or simply let a robot do the work. Employees can water the plants even if they work from home. It doesn't take a genius to see the metaphor behind the idea: LabCampus is all about growing together.
In its most complex form, Skyface aims to create a spatial experience by merging and visualizing large data sets. A simple scan of a boarding pass, for example, could one day activate a projection of individually generated visualizations glowing in the sky. More simply applied and expressed, Skyface is an art installation of outsized scale that reminds residents every day of LabCampus' role: connecting people around innovation.
Soundflux does just that, using sensors embedded in the environment to evaluate noise levels. Water fountains placed across campus can respond to the data provided, offsetting distracting noises with the sound of bubbling water. What excites us about this idea? It represents a wonderful opportunity to improve quality of life through technology. And it combines elements of nature with human interaction and space.