From collective to corporate: dynamics of changing location factors and patterns of co-working spaces. The case of Warsaw, Poland.

Authors: Katarzyna Wojnar*, Uniwersytet Warszawski
Topics: Location Theory, Economic Geography, East Europe
Keywords: urban studies, co-working spaces, metropolisation, mystery client, Warsaw, Poland
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/5/2019
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:45 PM
Room: 8217, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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Transformation of the workspace is becoming one of the most globalised urban phenomena that we experience today, whit ha very particular local impact. It takes place simultaneously in many local contexts – global core metropoles, catching-up cities of the semi-periphery and rapidly growing economies. Warsaw, as a Central-Eastern European capital, has witnessed co-working spaces popping up in the urban space for almost a decade now. Recent three years have brought a real boom for these type of workplaces and a transformation of both typology and location factors of co-working spaces. This paper presents results of a comprehensive co-working study in Warsaw based on desk research, participant observation (mystery client) as well as individual and group interviews studies conducted between 2015 and 2018 in Warsaw. It’s an attempt to characterise the international and local dynamics behind types and location patterns of co-working spaces in secondary metropolis like Warsaw. It also focusses on particular phases, professions and motivations of workers choosing this type of work environments in the context of urban policies and real estate market dynamics. Finally it attempts to explain the power relations between the employers, employees and real-estate market constituted by this dynamic.

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