Parallel Office, A Flexible Urban Regeneration System of Circuit Logic



Name: Xutao Shao

Nationality: Chinese

Institution / Company: School of Architecture, Tsinghua University


Name: Linna Deng

Nationality: Chinese

Institution / Company: School of Architecture, Tsinghua University


-EDITORIAL PICK of Community 2050 Competition | Category: Open


Based on the Shenzhen site, we make full use of the gap space to create a flexible “Parallel Office” and provide a evolving, variable, natural and personalized future working space system for the Hi-tech Park.

According to current situation, although economically powerful, the Hi-tech Park is a depression of living quality. Hard work occupies almost all the time of the employees in the Hi-tech Park represented by programmers. They work under heavy pressure in boring environment. At present, the enterprises settled in Hi-tech Park North area are in low quality, old office buildings and isolated space pattern cannot meet the needs of future development.

“Parallel Office” is a system that applies circuit logic to urban regeneration field, breaking the shackles of current corporate organization and traditional office space, allowing people to work and relax in an open and natural environment. The linear “Circuit” uses gap spaces to connect elements such as old buildings, new buildings, public spaces together. In the “Circuit”, the complex built around the subway station is the “Power supply”, which transports the flow of people to the site and communicates with the outside; various public facilities work as “Resistances”; the City Brain, which is the organising center of information, people and system modules, works as “Capacitor”. Urban elements cooperate with each other like circuit components, so as to realize the free flow and interaction of working, information, transportation and green space.

“Parallel Office” is flexible. The system runs from the City Brain and uses drones for modular construction. Enterprises can apply to connect buildings in their Company Domain with the system according to their needs, and independently decide the implanted functions and the degree of regeneration of the buildings. “Parallel Office” can have multiple relationship with them, providing a progressive upgrade solution for old buildings. There are clear public or private partitions in the system to meet various environmental needs of employees.

“Parallel Office” is high-tech. After reserving on Parallel Office App, the City Brain will arrange people with similar needs to adjacent positions and provide navigation, while drones and robots will provide personalized services. All kinds of surfaces in the system can turn into displays, seamlessly connecting with wearable devices, make work more convenient. Wearing AR glasses, you can see the cooperation demands and interest keywords disclosed by others, to find partners and friends.

In 2050, people will enjoy working time with the advent of “Parallel Office”, and it will facilitate communication between enterprises, and make cities better.


#Ecology and Health #Urban Regeneration, Densification and Heritage Protection #Social Inclusiveness and Community thriving

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