I’m lucky enough to continue collaborating with the Impact Hub, long after I finished up as Head of Design in 2010. I work delivering codesign workshops, consultancy and advice around coworking typologies. And recently too we’ve been working together on the NESTA project looking at the relationship between space and creativity.
I delivered codesign workshops in Belgrade recently, posting a blog about it here, and am now thrilled to say the space is finished and up and running. As part of the workshop we developed a scheme and explored in depth the needs and desires of the space and the community. It was a fantastic experience, particularly working in an area of Europe that I like very much and have worked in on and off since 1997.
The team at Impact Hub Belgrade have done an outstanding job, and the work of the URED design team even more so. As you can see from the pictures in the previous blog the space was tired, dark and cramped. Now look at it!
The balance of typologies for coworking rest on an ability to layer spatial use, allowing myriad use and work settings, while also maintaining a distinct and clear spatial identity and narrative. It is not easy, and more so when one is often presented with the idiosyncrasies and constraints of a found space. Re-invention is crucial. And this space proves that it isn’t money (budget was very small) nor city location (we are not in NY or London) that creates success. It is creativity, ingenuity and passion.