Neil Usher:
Making stuff happen when nothing stands still

This week on the SpaceCraft podcast, Dan Moscrop discusses the future of workplace architecture and design's evolution with Neil Usher, author of the new book exploring post-pandemic workspace strategies.

They delve into Neil's writing process, likening the effort behind this "difficult second album" to bands crafting fresh content after a successful debut like "The Elemental Workplace."

COVID-19's impact on outdated workplace models is examined - exposing underutilized office inefficiencies and wastefulness. Neil argues remote work is now an inevitability the industry must adapt to with increased flexibility and shorter commitments through transformative design.

Neil emphasizes the need for more adaptable, resilient workplaces with constant occupant feedback loops rather than infrequent evaluations. He advocates a "minimal viable workplace" focused on essential needs over upfront requirements through human-centric space utilization strategies.

Other topics include gender role regression during lockdowns, the inefficiency of traditional commuting patterns, and opportunities to revitalize localized remote work in smaller towns through decentralized workplace design.

Drawing parallels to music and software's disrupted business models, Neil explores how technological forces will reshape the workplace industry, requiring innovative architecture and branding aligned with new spatial needs and experiences.