The Co-Workplace
160 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
11 b&w illustrations
Release Date:01 Jul 2003
Release Date:20 Nov 2002
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

The Co-Workplace

Teleworking in the Neighbourhood

UBC Press
Almost half of all jobs in North America and Europe could today beperformed away from a traditional office. Millions of office workersare already working from home, and while some appreciate theflexibility of home-based telework, others find that they are bound totheir employers by an "electronic leash." This book exploresthe "co-workplace" – a new type of neighbourhood-basedfacility offering the benefits of remote work while maintainingboundaries between workplace and home. Borrowing from the experience ofcooperative artists' studios, business incubators, and the cornercopy shop, Laura Johnson explains why office infrastructure can beimportant for productivity as well as the quality of work life.


  • 2003, Winner - Diana C. Donald Award, American Planning Association, Planning and Women Division
In her fascinating and well-researched account, Laura C. Johnson discusses home work in historical perspective, looks at North American telecommuting experiences by class, gender, and household type, and exposes the potential of architectural design to improve live-work solutions. The Co-Workplace is essential reading for anyone contemplating work from home and for all architects and urban planners. Dolores Hayden, Yale University, author of Redesigning the American Dream: Gender, Housing, and Family Life
An innovative book by a recognized expert in the field. The specific models and examples bring the material alive and make it accessible to a broad audience. Moreover, given the rapid rise in home-based work, this book will be an important contribution to both policy and academic debates. Pat Armstrong, author of Theorizing Women’s Work
Laura C. Johnson teaches at the School of Planning atthe University of Waterloo and is a consultant on issues of socialpolicy.

Figures and Tables



1 Putting Work in Its Place

2 Situating Homework in Time and Space

3 If You Worked Here You’d Be Home By Now: Pros and Cons ofHome-Based Telework

4 Are We There Yet? The Telework Centre Office

5 Your Mother Doesn’t Work Here: Learning from Existing Modelsof Co-Workplaces

6 Where Can I Sign Up? The Demand for Co-Workplaces

7 Planning the Co-Workplace: Six Scenarios

8 Humanizing Home-Based Work with the Co-Workplace


Appendix A: Research Methods

Appendix B: Research Instruments



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