Recent years have seen a dramatic transformation in population distribution: today, more than half of the world's population now lives in cities. In parallel fashion, housing and work spaces have all increasingly embraced the communal, resembling the impulse toward public spaces in new cities. In 2015, as part of this trend, there occurred a huge boom in coworking spaces. Coworking spaces are a type of shared office that generally involve an open environment (although some companies offer closed offices), located either in high-rises or old sites reconfigured for these new ways of living. According to the Statista website, there were 18,700 coworking spaces operating worldwide in 2018, a number that is expected to reach 22,400 by the end of 2019. It was additionally recorded that the region with the most coworking spaces was Asia Pacific (including India), with 11,592 spaces, followed by Europe, the Middle East, and finally Africa, with 6,850 spaces.
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