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SXSW 2020

Decongest the Future: An Urban Planning Approach

Downtown-centric urban systems are problematic. The annual economic losses due to congestion are estimated at $126 billion. Additionally these systems are associated with increased cost of living, reduced quality of life, labor market skill mismatches and environmental harm.

A parallel trend is the growing demand of remote and flexible work. Working from home among the non-self-employed has grown by 140% since 2005. From 2010 to 2018, coworking spaces grew from 436 to 17,725. Currently 44% of large corporations use coworking spaces.

In our session, we will discuss a Sustainable Cowork Design. This design will align business participation incentives and will optimally locate coworking centers to decrease employees' commute times and increase labor market efficiency.

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  1. Why are current downtown centric urban structures unsustainable?
  2. How does Sustainable Cowork Design address the issues around congestion?
  3. How can we implement a Sustainable Coworking Design model in US cities?



Junfeng Jiao, Associate Professor/Director Of Urban Information Lab, The University of Texas at Austin

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Workplace
  • Level: Advanced
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