I was speaking with someone last week about how empty it still was in the middle of London. People still haven’t returned to work and, if offered the opportunity to work remotely, have no desire to return to the office full time or permanently.
The person I spoke with commented on how much busier the theatre district was and, although only half as busy as before, was beginning to reopen.
The difference between the theatre and work can be summed up as a destination issue. Work is no longer a destination: we have learnt that we can work in more places and the thrill of returning to an office to carry out Zoom calls with people working from their home holds little appeal.
The map is not the territory and the destination for work isn’t a location. – it’s also a time, a different design, and a different culture.