Bookmarks: 5 Interesting Articles That May Help You This Week

February 19th, 2018

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. They pull from one of four “corners:” corporate real estate, technology, management science and anything positive. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them). I wish you a terrific week! 

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The Quiet Rise of the Downtown Tech Campus
“This concentration in cities is fairly recent. For decades, the tech industry was associated with what Joel Kotkin famously dubbed “Nerdistans”—low-slung suburban office parks surrounded by oceans of parking. The notorious tech buses that shuttled urban-dwelling workers to and from these facilities in the Bay Area were an early indication that techies were no longer content to live in the suburbs. Increasingly, it appears that they’d rather not work there either.”

The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.
“It can be tempting to dismiss WeWork as just another overvalued start-up that is high on its own rhetoric and flush with easy money from naïve investors. With little more than faddish interior design, free beer and an invitation to socialize with strangers, Mr. Neumann claims to have conjured up a whole new paradigm for white-collar workers — and for education — and vows that it can change the world.”

When Malls Saved the Suburbs From Despair
“I can’t help but think that Americans’ days of hating the mall are numbered. When it gets replaced by Apple Town Squares, Walmart Supercenters, and the online-offline slurry of an ever-rising Amazon, we will miss these zoos of capitalism, these prisons of commerce, where consumerism roared and swelled but, inevitably, remained contained.”

Google’s Guinea-Pig City
“In October 2017, (Sidewalk Labs) announced its most ambitious project yet: transforming the underdeveloped Toronto waterfront into an affordable, eco-friendly smart neighborhood—a little model town to showcase Sidewalk’s innovative technologies and urbanist ideas. For the privilege, Sidewalk has committed $50 million to a year-long, joint-planning process with Waterfront Toronto, an urban-development corporation.”

After 7 Months of Working from Home, I Discovered a Productivity Hack that Keeps Me Focused All Day
“It turns out scenery changes may also boost productivity in traditional office settings. According to Ron Friedman, an organizational psychologist and the author of “The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace,” great companies design workspaces that “facilitate the work their employees do. No single environment is effective for every task, which is why more and more companies are creating hybrid spaces that offer employees a range of uses,” Friedman writes.

Indeed, companies like Etsy, Spotify, and Facebook, to name a few, offer in-office employees various comfortable, inspiring, and spacious communal and individual workspaces as alternatives to a desk.”

Your success blesses others. I wish you a great a hugely impactful week!



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