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Technology will influence cities of the future, report claims | 27 April 2012

Advancements in technology could transform the world’s cities into ‘Anywhere Working Cities’, according to a whitepaper released by Microsoft.

The paper, created in conjunction with work research business, UnWork.com, explores the idea of living environments. It claims that technology will heavily influence planning and design, being key in the ‘battle to facilitate a sustainable city’, freshbusinessthinking.com reports.

The key concept is of a ‘third space’ workplace that bridges the gap between home and the office, allowing people to work within a 20 minute commute. Such a space is already in demand, so claim authors, Linda Chandler and Philip Ross, with many employees already favouring remote working options to promote well-being.

It argues that existing transport architecture will be unable to support ‘infinite expansion’, publictechnology.net writes, thus there is a desperate need for the development of third spaces, particularly near public buildings and railways stations. This would promote work-life balance and help people to work, if not live, smarter.

“The evolution to an Anywhere Working City is driven by over-crowding, environmental concerns, economic factors and society’s desire to work and live in a more balanced way,” Ms Chandler explained.

“Technology is the facilitator of the Anywhere Working City and although IT is the biggest achievement of our generation, it is also the expectation of the next generation.”

Written by Elizabeth Smythe on behalf of Qube Global Software

While posted by Qube Global Software all views expressed are not necessarily those of the company. All facts are verified where possible directly by the author.

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