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Thursday, 30 January 2014

Coworking Tour - The Guild, Bath

Images © The Guild, Bath
I'm currently on a whistle stop tour of the most awesome coworking spaces in the UK, as part of my coworking research. First stop on my itinerary this week? A visit to The Guild coworking hub, Bath.

I love Bath. Not just because it's a great town with heaps of culture (not everywhere has Spa water and Roman Baths, y'no) but because Bath has GREAT coffee too. But even better than that, Bath has a great new coworking space.

I met Tatjana, the space manager at The Guild who showed me around their MEGA place (in a very grand Grade 1 listed building) which has been carefully renovated into a cool 21st century workplace.

We also met Tom - The Guild's founder. Tom and Tatjana have really bought an amazing space to Bath that's being well used within their professional community - there was even Yoga going on when we visited! Tom and Tatjana, we salute you!

Both Tatyana and Tom gave Matt (Coconut Coworking's Co-pilot) and I some real insight and great support. We can't wait to have them back for a Coworking get-together when we can finally open our doors at Coconut HQ!

Next on our Coworking Tour itinerary is Nest Space in Bournemouth (shame it's not summer, we could have a coworking day at the beach!)

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Coworking at the University of Adelaide's Student Hub

Here's something pretty inspiring.

I came across this video last night and wanted to share it with you. I was fascinated to learn how Hassell, the international design practice, developed the new student hub space at the University of Adelaide together with student consultations.

What they created really revolutionises the traditional lecture theatre leaning style.

They say that the lecture theatre learning style is a like a 'dinasaur'. It's so old.

'Learning Environments need to evolve to adapt to cultural and technological changes.'

Traditional learning environments and office environments are moving into much more of a collaborative form.

The way we interact, learn, share, get creative and work is changing and Adelaide University, together with Hassell architects absolutely nailed this amazing space. Take a look.

The generation that learns in a collaborative coworking environment will be how that generation works in their professional life.