Two young, well-connected freelancers sat down together in the mid-noughties in Berlin and came to the conclusion: we and many other people of our age have a different and new perception of work. Giving it the name 'Digital Bohème', they published a book entitled Wir nennen es Arbeit. Die digitale Bohème oder: Intelligentes Leben jenseits der Festanstellung (We call it work: the Digital Bohème or: intelligent life beyond full-time positions) in 2006. Their ideas were 'not [intended] to draw a line beneath a mature process, and instead to contribute to, and perhaps prompt a new debate on, how we wish to live and work in future and how technology can help us to achieve these goals', wrote Holm Friebe and Sascha Lobo in the preface to their manifesto.
Ten years later, people in their mid-thirties are called 'Generation Y', and the discussions on the future of work are still raging. The Association of Freelance Architects in Germany (VfA) is also investigating what tomorrow's world of work may look like. And it is calling on Generation Y to provide its own answers: The open ideas' competition 'Dynamic Workplace – VFA Students' Competition 2016/2017' consciously addresses students completing courses in architecture. It invites individuals and teams to submit entries presenting ideas and concepts for the 'Generation Y Workplace' by mid-February 2017
The first sentence in the competition challenge states plainly: 'We are looking for plans that place a clear focus on the new world of work'. Günter Osterhaus, head of planning and project management at ASSMANN BÜROMÖBEL, has been appointed to the jury to help in the assessment of entries as an expert for revolutionary office furniture systems. 'We want to see individual ideas that provide answers to the sweeping transformations in the areas of workplace communication and interaction,' explains Günter Osterhaus. He adds: 'I am already looking forward to receiving their designs. After all, while we may not know what name the next young generation will go by in ten or twenty years, it is still a hugely exciting issue for us to look into how their world of work will differ from ours.'