Coworking Spaces and Urban Quality of Life in Istanbul

Koramaz, Turgay Kerem and Ozturk, Eda (2019) Coworking Spaces and Urban Quality of Life in Istanbul. REAL CORP 2019 – IS THIS THE REAL WORLD? Perfect Smart Cities vs. Real Emotional Cities. Proceedings of 24th International Conference on Urban Planning, Regional Development and Information Society. pp. 183-190. ISSN 2521-3938

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Abstract

Co-working spaces can be defined as offices that give the opportunity to carry out individual work in a shared office environment for users from different sectors and disciplines. Co-working spaces provide flexible and alternative working conditions, supported by technical and spatial infrastructures of a working environment. With its spatial characteristics and amenities, co-working spaces promise the users efficient working hours. As well as individual efficiency, co-working spaces are also characterised by their contribution to stimulating social relations and establishing social networks. Worldwide, co-working spaces are expanding through branches, and have the tendency to specialise through the services they offer. Co-working spaces also tend to create a worldwide network through online networks and databases, which contribute to their promotion and communication processes. Today, co-working spaces are a global trend, but they also become specific with their own local dynamics, and gain importance as a contributing factor to the performances of cities in creative sectors within a global network of cities. In this study, the co-working spaces in Istanbul are analysed in terms of services they offer and their spatial characteristics. The aim of the paper is to put forward a description of the character of the co-working space network in the city and its contribution to urban life. This description indicates the role of co-working spaces in improving urban quality of life, in terms of accessibility of alternative working environments and the supportive facilities they offer. In this context, co-working spaces in Istanbul are analysed using their official websites. The results indicate that co-working spaces are particularly prominent in providing social interaction and flexibility characteristics, which are defined as the main components of the services they offer and the identity created for each enterprise. The spatial organisation and design characteristics of the co-working spaces are other prominent factors emphasised when explaining the services of these co-working spaces.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Istanbul, urban quality of life, coworking, neighbourhood, infrastructure
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
L Education > LE Individual institutions (America except United States)
Depositing User: The CORP Team
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2019 22:00
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2019 22:00
URI: http://repository.corp.at/id/eprint/499

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