2050 Beyond the Third Workplace

Changes in our working environment can have a profound impact on the level of efficiency and output of workers, along with their health and wellbeing.

The city is growing, technology is moving forward, and people are constantly changing. The way we work is shifting and slowly, the places we work are adapting to match this. As we gain knowledge on the methodology behind working habits and what influences productivity we can see how the future of work can be improved dramatically.

2050 Beyond the Third Workplace is a result of the NBRS+PARTNERS ENVISION Student Partnership Program, an annual creative partnership with some of the most brilliant & creative young minds of the future. This year we partnered with William Hasko (University of Sydney) and Veronica Ho (University of New South Wales).


2050 Beyond the Third Workplace seeks to discover how the way we work can fit with our changing urban landscape and responds by proposing new environments for work. A close examination of current trends, patterns and predictions has influenced our understanding of the possibilities of the future city and led us to our final conclusions and proposals.

The paper presents a glimpse into the possibilities of the future based on current trends. As each year brings forth a new way of thinking and culture, the changes made between now and 2050 can radically improve the process of work as we know it today.

Launched Today

This morning’s event was not only an opportunity to launch the publication but was also an excellent forum for discussion between some of the heavy hitters in this field about the future of the city & the commercial environment.

Although the attendees brought different perspectives, all agreed that steps like those suggested in the publication were essential for development of the built environment and the progression of our society. The discussion was stimulating and thought provoking – what a fantastic opportunity to have so many great minds around one table to think about the future of our cities.

Thank you to all who attended and contributed to this important discussion.


NBRS+PARTNERS is a people focused, research based studio that aims to enrich lives. By developing creative design partnerships our portfolio spanning public and private sectors exhibit an understanding of the people whose lives will be affected. Above all NBRS seeks to design environments that will have positive life changing affect. Architecture is the cornerstone of NBRS+PARTNERS global interdisciplinary design practice with expertise in Architecture, Heritage, Interiors, Urban Planning, Landscape Architecture, ESD and Research. Since 1968, NBRS has developed a research led international architecture practice based in Sydney Australia. NBRS is recognised for its innovative, award-winning design excellence and comprehensive expertise. Our design-minded, 50 strong team’s unique focus on creative partnerships helps to realise solutions, with extraordinary results.

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