Who is there? Types of users in Open Creative Labs

Authors: Suntje Schmidt*, Institute for Research on Society and Space
Topics: Economic Geography, Qualitative Research
Keywords: work, place, space, uncertainty, resilience
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Cleveland 2, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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This paper examines motivations of users in Open Creative Labs. More specifically it seeks to understand major challenges and work-related uncertainties that users face in their working lifes and how labs contribute to coping with them. Open Creative Labs is used as an umbrella construct for a diversity of spaces that share three distinctive features: their openness for a diversified set of users, their aspiration to promote creative processes, and their potential to allow for societal experimentation. Coworking spaces, maker spaces, fab labs are prominent examples for these spaces. The results demonstrate that labs are integrated in multi-sited, mobile careers and contribute to labor-market related resiliences in multiple ways. Based on over 100 qualitative interviews conducted in Amsterdam, Berlin and Detroit, we identified five analytical user types in the spaces under investigations. The paper is co-authored by Oliver Ibert, Verena Brinks and Steffi Brewig.

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