In the aftermath of the financial and economic crisis of 2007 and 2008, a new type of
collaboratively oriented workplace has emerged in cities. These coworking spaces and the associated
practice of coworking exemplify new ways of organizing labor in project-based and largely freelance
occupations as found in the creative industries. The focus of the chapter is to introduce the rise
of freelancers as independent economic agents to contextualize the emergence of coworking spaces as
a collective coping strategy to deal the with uncertainties and risks associated with freelance
work. The chapter combines sociological perspectives with recent research in economic geography on
the social dynamics of knowledge creation, proximity and the spatialities of creative and innovative
processes in order to discuss coworking spaces as new knowledge sites in creative urban
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