Decentralizing the City: Altered Paradigms of the Workspace in a Post-Pandemic Society

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Gauley, Taylor John




The covid-19 pandemic that began in 2020 resulted in unprecedented change worldwide. Today, we are grappling with defining new paths forward toward a new normal. The pandemic has affected the way we work in such a fundamental way that the future of work remains uncertain. Drawing from historical analyses and design research, this thesis will speculate what the future workplace might look like while exploring considerations of health and safety pertaining to pandemic resilience be accommodated in the design of a workspace. Additionally, it will anticipate how the decentralization of work in urban centers may affect the surrounding metropolitan regions as the paradigm of work is altered. The societal disruption will act as a reset button that drives the architectural reimagining of the workspace while simultaneously interrogating urban planning practices and implementing a strategy that synthesizes both remote work and the densification of suburban sprawl in a post-pandemic society.


Urban and Regional Planning




Carleton University

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