LKYCIC Public Lecture by Dietmar Leyk

10 Jun 2015 12.00noon to 1.30pm SUTD LT5, Building 2, Level 5 (Room 2.505)

What does it mean to work in cities today? Since the beginning of the twenty-first century, the emergence of new circumstances, shifting values, revolutionary ideas, and major inventions have transformed the way we work, live and play. Thanks to new management principles and spatial organization of our society, labour has become simultaneously distributed and collaborative. The public and private, collective and individual—concepts that have been clearly distinguishable in the past—meld together, challenging the relationship between private workspace and the public sphere. Workers become passengers travelling through an open space of constant accessibility as they expertly collaborate across international time zones. Interconnectedness on a new global scale requires workers to perform within a multitude of diverse cultural atmospheres. New work environments exist in egalitarian, multi-use agglomerations that integrate working, residential and cultural activities, which are not only interdependent, but also closely linked to the larger context of the city. Pure typologies of offices and central business districts will cease to carry the same importance as they once did. The projects to be shown demonstrate that the most successful solutions for contemporary working conditions will be those that permit a wide range of spatial diversity and openness without sacrificing the cohesiveness of the urban form. Only cities and architectures that are designed to support a hybrid work/life model will meet the future worker’s demand for mobility, work/life quality and freedom. 

About the Speaker
Dietmar Leyk is scenario coordinator for the High-Density Mixed-Use Cities scenario and project leader for The Grand Projet module at the Future Cities Laboratory (FCL), Singapore-ETH Centre. From 2005 until 2013, he has been a Visiting Professor at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and The Berlage Centre for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design at the TU Delft, where Dietmar Leyk researched on a variety of issues related to Knowledge Spaces. Before Dietmar Leyk taught as interim Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the ETH Zürich, he taught and researched as Assistant Professor at the ETH Zürich on a variety of issues concerned with the architectural and urban form. He published “ParaForm”, a research on morphological phenomena as a base for studying the interdependencies between architectonic fabric and metabolism of urban systems in order to establish models for the evaluation and improvement of their sustainable developments. In 2010, Dietmar Leyk published “Working and Living in the City of Knowledge”, based on a research project about the future of worklife in relation to architecture and the city. Dietmar Leyk, together with Petra Wollenberg, is Cofounder and Director of Leyk Wollenberg Architects based in Berlin, accomplishing international projects in all scales from interior to urban design since 2000.