Sustainable Remote Working Neighbourhood

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    Sustainable Remote Working Neighbourhood

    The modern city has placed offices and businesses at its core promising economic opportunities as the centralising force of urbanisation. This has resulted in expanded residential settlements surrounding centres of offices and contributes to the increase of carbon emissions from commute. Meanwhile, the remote working phenomenon accelerated by the recent global pandemic signals a sustainable urban development pathway that challenges the notion of traditional offices as urban centres. Despite the tragic losses from the COVID-19 pandemic, the crisis presents an important lesson regarding climate change as decentralised work from home being the ‘new normal’ has led to a significant reduction in carbon emission. Seizing this as an opportunity, this research project intends to strengthen this environmental gain by consolidating a transition of our cities towards a decentralised urban structure. Ever since teleconferencing and internet technologies have pervaded our lives, the benefits and risks of remote working have been actively discussed. However, the implications of remote working specifically to sustainable urban development as well as the measures to plan our cities more adaptable to the future for the rising community of remote workers have yet been thoroughly addressed. By investigating the desires of remote workers, the trend of workplaces, and the sustainability implications of remote working, this research presents a design framework that integrates urban compactness and a catalogue of workspace typologies to achieve a sustainable remote working neighbourhood.Based on the author’s place-based knowledge about the social and historical context of South Korea, Seoul and its urban fringe neighbourhood Pyeongchon are selected as the focus area for this research proposal. Interventions on four sites from Pyeongchon aims to demonstrate the design strategies culminating with persona scenarios illustrating the experience of sustainable living and remote working in the retrofitted neighbourhood.

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