Mikael Eriksson Björling

About digital transformation, design, creativity and lifestyle in the Networked Society.



Central sites or local hubs – reflections on future city offices

As mobile technologies continue to liberate us from specific locations and time restrictions, it becomes less important where, when and how work is done. This ultimately will change how people moving around in cities. Some will work from home,others will go to the office and still others may prefer to sit at a café. Telecommuting and distance working will increase but this does not mean that people will only work from their homes (although some will). We still need a social context to our day and this means that we will want to meet people and get stimulated.

Read the full post at the Networked Society blog >>>

The office is dead – long live the exchange place!

The office space is changing and I don’t thing we understand the impact of that change. It will change how we organize work. I have a new post on the topic at the Networked Society blog >>>

Paris, a city embracing innovation

This week, the New Cities Summit takes place in Paris; a city that has experienced groundbreaking changes in city planning – think Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Haussman was famous for modernizing Paris during the mid-19th century. The reconstruction of Paris involved all aspects of urban planning, including the demolition of 27,000 of the city’s 66,000 buildings. This made space for new boulevards, avenues and parks, turning the city into a sustained organic unit, and a huge modern workplace with a large economic turnover.

Today, Paris continues to develop, evolving so that it can cope with the increasing demands imposed by its expanding population. Read the full post at the Ericsson Networked Society blog >>>

The changing cityscape

People are moving from the countryside to cities all over the world.

In the Networked Society City Index, we say:

“Today more than 50 percent of the world’s population lives in urban areas, and by 2030 the proportion is expected to top 60 percent. There is a steady stream of people moving from the countryside to the city every day. Urban population increases by more than 5 million every month. Today more than 20 cities in the world are classed as megacities, cities with more than 10 million inhabitants. Tokyo, Mumbai and Mexico City are all examples. By 2020, the world will have at least eight more megacities, with half of all future megacities located in the developing countries of the world.”

Cities are historically founded and grow on particular sites because of various reasons such as habitat, trading, resources, defensive position or administrative requirements.

Today, people are moving from the countryside to cities to find jobs, education, better living conditions and greater opportunities. Large concentrations of people make life more dynamic, with a rich cultural life and more possibilities to choose an individual lifestyle. But the city often also brings congestion, pollution, loneliness, security issues and segregation.

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