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SF Startup Filling in Urban Cracks with Office Space

The small space conversation is generally in reference to housing size. Yes housing is the single largest category of a person’s spatial use, but it’s not the only one. In particular, our work environments can significantly increase our square foot counts and contribute to sprawl and large carbon footprints. San Francisco startup Campsyte has created a compact, modular, easy-install office solution that might help make more edited offices.  


Similar to KASITA and other prefab housing solutions we’ve seen, Campsyte quickly sets up on unused or underused lots. Using shipping container modules, Campsyte can deploy insta-offices fully equipped with utilities, internet, furnishings, janitorial and coffee/drink service, all of which are included in rent. Campsyte CMO Allen Wong explained to SF Gate that they can set up offices in lots that landowners might not be able to afford to develop, adding income streams that would not otherwise exist. The rapid deployment, cheap construction and development costs are then passed on to the renter. And unlike conventional offices, which often require five year leases, Campsyte has short term leasing, perfect for startups.

A great deal of sprawl can be linked to the migration of office spaces away from city centers. By filling up urban land gaps, Campsyte promises to provide affordable office space and sprawl repellent. 

  • I would think that short-term leases in the heart of SF that include furnishings, janitorial, and drink service would not be “affordable office space”. These are a good idea, but they’ll be priced just as high as adjacent office spaces, and companies that are cost-sensitive will continue to move away from the city center.

    Sprawl will be mitigated when everyone realizes it’s much cheaper to let everyone telecommute. Then all the office space can be converted to residential.