Archinect reviews CityLab’s recent collaboration with Gensler in the post "Work on Work" exhibition turns public space into office space.
Here is more information about the exhibition:
Work on Work: Projective Histories of Los Angeles as Workplace
Exhibition on view: July 24-August 2, 2015
A+D Museum [DTLA]
900 E. 4th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
As the culmination of a three-year collaborative research project on office work in downtown Los Angeles, cityLAB-UCLA and Gensler LA present Work on Work that interprets the history of downtown and offers paradigmatic scenarios for re-conceptualizing the structures, locations, and scalar boundaries of workplaces within the city. Threading together historical research and speculative design, Work on Work evokes a new conversation about the trajectory of office work, office buildings, and their impacts on Los Angeles more broadly.
The social and economic conditions of work that have come to typify architectural and urban discourse on office buildings have been characterized predominantly by corporate campuses, mixed-use spaces, and most poignantly, by the recent invasion of domesticity in the office. However, the changing conditions of work-life missing from these programmatic collisions demonstrate that the office building, the desk, and the city no longer holds as distinct scalar constructs. Instead, sites of work are redefined by the urban agglomeration of work, life, and leisure as a bounded trio-both temporally and materially. At the intersection of academia and practice, this exhibition highlights emerging ecologies and economies of work in Los Angeles that may hold power to transform the central business district, urban land use, office buildings, site design, desk configurations, and as such, the spaces of everyday life.