The way we work is changing. The Workhome Project advocates design and policy norms that make this change work – for communities, cities and the environment.

Millions of people are now working from home in an unexpected global experiment triggered by Covid-19. Many employers and employees are finding this works for them. The benefits of this shift are potentially transformative.

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‘Back to normal? … Absolutely not!’, from: Bruno Latour, ‘What protectivemeasures can you think of so we don’t go back to the pre-crisis production model?’, March 2020 → read more

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Jeremy Porteus: HAPPI Working from Home? Designing ‘work-ready’ housing

In this blog post, Jeremy Porteus – a member of our team and Chief Executive of the Housing Learning Improvement Network – provides an outline of how ten years since the original HAPPI report, the ten ‘care ready’ HAPPI design principles can be recalibrated to incorporate ‘work ready’ adjustments to accommodate a growing number of people of all ages, but especially in later life, who want or will be working from home or may require live in care and support, such as personal assistant, now or in future, to meet their changing work patterns and lifestyles.

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Episode 1: Social Inequality and the Workhome

With Richard Brown and Frances Holliss

Working from home is becoming the new norm – while white collar workers have benefited, it has increased inequality for many working class employees. Here more about these issues on our latest podcast, ‘Social Inequality and the Workhome’, with Dr Frances Holliss and Richard Brown.

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Workplaces after Covid

3 November 2020

Architecture Today Workplaces After Covid

On 28 October 2020, Frances Hollis was spoke at an online seminar hosted by Schueco UK and Architecture Today which explored the latest thinking on a return to the office, the importance of design for work in the most significant new workplace – the home – as well recent examples of innovation in the commercial sector. The video is now available to watch online.

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Working from home is a luxury many renters in the UK can ill afford

19 August 2020


Home working during the coronavirus pandemic appears to be a success for those whose jobs can be done remotely and who have enough space at home. Surveys show that many of us are happier, healthier, less stressed, sleeping better, walking the dog instead of going to the gym, having lunch with our families – and not missing the commute at all. We are considerably more productive, too. It’s a win, win.

But this is not the whole story and the statistics are stark. In May 2020, mid-pandemic, most white-collar workers in the UK were safely working at home full-time – but this compares with only one in five manual workers. From bus driver to nurse, labourer to care worker – these jobs cannot be carried out in the home. Read Frances Hollis’s article in the Guardian on why Working from home is a luxury many renters in the UK can ill afford.

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4 October 2020
The Conversation

Home is where the work is: the case for an urban revolution

Workhome Project's Frances Holliss wrote this in 2012 - it remains completely relevant

29 September 2020
Bloomberg City Lab

Government-backed work-from-home policy a first for U.S. climate policy.

Important news, but mandating home-based work is not the answer - it discriminates against those who do not have appropriate space.

27 September 2020
The New York Times

What if you are better off without the office?

This article in The New York Times suggests that working at home may unshackle you from the constraints and timetable of the office, and allow you to take more control of your life.

25 September 2020

A big vision – with but a passing nod on home-based work

Norman Foster hopes for shared global action on big environmental and health issues; and local action in making, growing and powering connected societies – but only gives a passing nod to home-based work in this article for the Guardian.

23 September 2020
The Guardian

Guardian Monbiot News Item

More on the 15-minute City: ‘Electric cars won't solve our pollution problems – Britain needs a total transport rethink’. We agree with George Montbiot that the solution is better urban design and housing.


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