The space–time office is, in its most concise definition, ‘the space you need for the time you need it’.

Start Date / Time 26 Nov 2019 08:00
End Date / Time 26 Nov 2019 10:00
Venue Bruntwood, Platform, New Station Street, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 4JB
National No
Region Northern England, North Wales and NI
Type Seminar
Available to Non Members Yes


One consequence of this is the liberation of the workplace from conventionally run office buildings, with their regulation of working times and regimented allocation of space as the workplace evolves in response to the demands of employers and employees. Flexibility and agile working mean that we are no longer working 9 to 5. Yet a 30,000 sq.ft office represents 262 million “square foot hours” over a year and in reality many of those sq.ft hours are unused. Within this context the research explores how smart design and digital technologies might unlock the unused or hard to use time. Reservation systems could, for example, ensure employees have space as and when they need it; imaging and cybernetic systems mean that space can be tailored specifically to individual needs (and potentially moods) for the time needed, adapting to an individual’s changing needs over the course of a day. Information systems could help identify and access short term opportunities (restaurant bookings, transport, leisure or cultural resources); technology and intelligent design can come together to make buildings available as a social amenity, by opening up office buildings during unused hours to social groups who are not regular workers in those buildings. A combination of prevailing circumstances relating to the changing nature of work and employment, and technological advance mean that both the potential and the need for new types of occupancy, and possibly new types of building, are now greater than ever. Join us for a morning of discussion, debate and networking on 26 November at Bruntwood.

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08.00  Registration

08.30  Welcome from Bruntwood 

08.35  Introduction from event Chair

08.40  Space-Time Office presentation:

Jeremy Melvin, Urbik / Visiting Professor at UCL Bartlett

Andrew Chadwick, Chadwick International

09.10  Panel discussion 

09.30  Q&A and Networking

10.00  Event close