Work and the Open Source City is an interesting essay covering a lot of ground related to the new ways people are working and coworking. Key quote that sort of summarizes the essay:
"As the material artifacts of offices – messages, documents, photos and plans – are digitized and stored on servers, physical spaces have the potential to become increasingly open, flexible and sharable...This allows the dynamic reorganization and co-location of people, firms and activities that have been separated since the early days of industrialization, the advent of the hierarchical firm and the rise of cities themselves."
For those familiar with coworking, this well written essay covers familiar ground. The focus is on the community aspects of coworking and the cross-fertilization of ideas - often described in the coworking world as "increased serendipity."
But for those new to coworking or unfamiliar with it, this is a great essay that describes both the movement and the underlying driving trends.