Remote world

Vitra Summit - Day 2, Friday, 23 October PM CEST

We have come to expect a lot from our homes over the past months. As we retreated into these safe havens, they had to function as our office and school, playground and gym, restaurant and cinema. We will continue to spend more time at home: some level of remote working is here to stay, at least for the time being. Will our freedom to work remotely result in an urban exodus? In this part of the programme we are investigating the new work-life balance and the impact of remote working on cities, companies and homes, with guests such as New-York-based curator and critic Beatrice Galilee, Creative Director of Design Academy Eindhoven Joseph Grima, architect and urban planner Stefano Boeri and others.


Remote world programme

Day 2, Friday 23, October, PM CEST
13:30 – 14:00 - Successful video-conferencing. Tips from a mentalist.
In this session, mentalist and consultant Rémi Larrousse explores the new rules of interaction during video conferences. He offers tips and tricks for mastering the art of paying attention to others and leading successful and productive online meetings, and also explains what our faces reveal during virtual meetings with the camera on.

Participant: Rémi Larrousse
14:00 – 15:00 - Remote at work
Over the last two decades, as high-quality long-distance communications became cheap and ubiquitous, the office’s status as the default place of work was increasingly called into question. Then it became downright dangerous. As the pandemic drags on, many are asking whether the blow inflicted by COVID-19 to the idea of working together in close proximity will prove fatal to the conventional office, and many have been quick to hail the arrival of a new era of remote working, in which we will no longer need to choose between work, friends and family. Yet the rise of working from home – or elsewhere – comes with downsides: the more common it becomes, the greater the risk of being expected to remain in permanent office mode. On top of that, humans are social creatures and love to work together. What do we stand to gain and lose – if anything – from the death of the office and the coming ‘golden age’ of remote working?

Participants: Mason Currey, Matt Mullenweg, Nora Fehlbaum
15:00 – 16:00 – The home as a hub
All around the world, urban planners are scrambling to seize the moment. The need to adapt cities to new ways of working, living and socialising is clear, yet the form of the post-Covid-19 city remains elusive. Is the office truly a thing of the past, replaced by the home as a versatile, adaptive hub? Will our freedom to work remotely result in a return to rurality, or will our cities simply look more like the countryside? Will urban life feel more like village life, as the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo has suggested with her proposal for a ‘15-minute city’? This panel will consider whether a public health emergency can actually change cities for the better, giving a new generation of urban strategists the opportunity they may have been awaiting for decades.

Participants: Beatrice Galilee, Joseph Grima, Maurice Cox, Stefano Boeri
16:00 – 17:00 – Replay: Will we miss the office if it disappears?
Is the office as we know it an endangered species? As the standard office seems to have become too dangerous and too expensive in Covid times, more and more alternatives are popping up. However, the main question remains: Will we miss the office if it disappears? Will the creation of new office concepts and products ensure its existence? And will this have an impact on our relationships at work? If so, where (and how) will we work in the future? Supposing that collaboration and exchange are still essential values, how can the future office adapt to survive?

Participants: Esther Perel, Gianpiero Petriglieri, Mateo Kries, Sevil Peach
17:00 – 17:30 –Where to work better?
Where to work better ? The speakers of the Vitra Summit, respond to one question.

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