This spring Nicolas Carvajal reports on a new coworking space in LA “in an Urban Forest” .
“A green village of offices creates a community for the working individual surrounded by a dense urban forest in the middle of busy Los Angeles.” 
OK, this sounds pretty cool. Goodness knows, a bit of “forest” would be very welcome in LA.
In fact, it sounds too good to be real.
First, this doesn’t look much like a “forest” to me, urban or otherwise.
It’s more building than trees (sixty “rooms”), and the entire area between buildings appears to be paved. So, this looks more like a garden than a forest.
Other than the extensive gardens, the workspace and facilities are pretty similar to a lot of rental office space. Presumably there is more external light and air than a office tower (though that is not necessarily all that great in the LA basin), and it seems to all be on ground level, so that’s good for those of us not in love with high rise buildings.
In the end, there’s nothing wrong with a workspace in a garden, IMO. In fact it sounds nice.
As their web site suggests, this is a “post-WeWork” space. Or at least a “different that WeWork” space. So yeah, that’s good. Though I’m not really looking for a “WeWork” of any kind, myself.
I don’t live anywhere near LA, so I can’t easily visit in person to check it out. Maybe the next time I’m there, I’ll pop in to see what it is like.
- Nicolas Carvajal, Co-Working in an Urban Forest, in Pop Up City, March 11, 2020. https://popupcity.net/observations/co-working-in-an-urban-forest/
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