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What Your Office Design Says About You As a Leader (And It Isn't Pretty)

What Your Office Design Says About You As a Leader (And It Isn't Pretty) | Architecture | Scoop.it
The way you decorate and design your office says a lot about the kind of boss you are. Here are three key factors.

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Top 10 Most Innovative Office Spaces

Top 10 Most Innovative Office Spaces | Architecture | Scoop.it
Ditch the cubicle and take a look at some of the most fun, innovative office spaces in the United States.  From Google’s slide to Airbnb’s tree house, these companies tackle the challenge of employee well-being and efficiency, with creative office...

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Debra Walker's curator insight, October 2, 2013 3:58 PM

Where you spend almost a third of your life should be a reflection of who you are and provide you a space or spaces to be at your creative best.

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How to Achieve the Most Creative Workspace Ever

How to Achieve the Most Creative Workspace Ever | Architecture | Scoop.it
Your workspace should be the place you can go to to get your creative juices flowing and be at your most productive. Too often, people are working in an uninspiring, lifeless environment that only stunts their creativity.

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Facebook builds housing near offices, like the old 'company towns' of a century ago

Facebook builds housing near offices, like the old 'company towns' of a century ago | Architecture | Scoop.it
Facebook is working with a local developer to build a $120 million, 394-unit housing community within walking distance of its offices. The development conjures up memories of so-called company towns at the turn of the 20th century.

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Tom cockburn's curator insight, October 8, 2013 3:51 PM

plus ca change plus la meme chose

Scott Gipson's curator insight, October 23, 2013 8:54 PM

   One of Facebook's corporate goals is to take care of as many aspects of its employee’s lives as possible. I would say they are doing a remarkable job. Here’s why.

    Facebook recently announced it would be partnering with a local developer in San Francisco to build a $120 million, 394-unit housing community within walking distances from its offices. The 630,000 square-foot rental property will feature the following amenities: café, convenience store, sports pub, bicycle repair shop with onsite storage, pet spa with doggy day care, pet walking services, a dog park, resort inspired pool, spa, and cabana, indoor/outdoor wellness, yoga, and training facility, and a rooftop entertainment deck with three-themed areas. The new housing community will be completed in about two years.

    A Facebook spokeswoman said employees had inquired about places to live near the corporate campus due to the housing shortage. "The beauty of this thing is that it's extremely close to our campus," said John Tenanes, Facebook's director of real estate and an architect involved in the planning. "It's a five-minute bike ride" along a dedicated path that runs along the San Francisco bay, he said. "You don't even have to put on the brakes."

    Facebook already has a 56-acre headquarters, which it moved to in December 2011. The company’s headquarters was designed to feel like a college campus. During the workday programmers bond with advertising product developers over free lattes or ice cream. There is also a company game day, where employees participate in three-legged races and other activities. At night, employees can watch movies on a giant, stadium-style outdoor television screen that appears over an open plaza in the middle of the headquarters.

            Lauryn Hale, a Harvard Business School graduate who was hired by Facebook in 2010, said all the amenities take some stress out of the daily job and allow her to think more creatively. Her favorite thing to do is have a "walking meeting" with another employee, but only after grabbing a frozen yogurt at the sweet shop. "I probably love that too much" she says.
            This article ties in seamlessly with Chapter 3 in our case studies textbook in regards to employee relations. “Today most companies realize that employees are one of their more important publics, often most essential to success. Effective employee communication improves morale, enhances employee retention, and increases the financial value of the organization” (Guth & Marsh pg. 36 & 37). Clearly, Facebook understands the importance of employee relations. 

Sarah VanSlette's curator insight, October 28, 2013 2:12 PM

My student Scott Gipson informed our class about this new project by Facebook, and while the housing sounds very impressive and luxurious, I wonder if employees will tire of always being around their coworkers. Don't we all need time to distance ourselves from work and how can we do that if we are living and mingling with our coworkers 24/7?

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pott architects renovate historic villa with new bespoke interior - Designboom

pott architects renovate historic villa with new bespoke interior - Designboom | Architecture | Scoop.it
Designboom pott architects renovate historic villa with new bespoke interior Designboom in contrast to the historic exterior of the baltic, german architecture, the renovations to 'villa oppenheim' by berlin-based firm pott architects, features a...
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Apple Wins Another Architectural Patent For Its Glass Cylinder ...

Apple Wins Another Architectural Patent For Its Glass Cylinder ... | Architecture | Scoop.it
Fins curved sheets of glass complicated lamination processes. It's not just a staircase it's an Apple Store staircase.
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How Google's Flexible Workspace Ignites Creative Collaboration (On Wheels)

How Google's Flexible Workspace Ignites Creative Collaboration (On Wheels) | Architecture | Scoop.it
Let's roll into the Google Garage where everything's on wheels to help create the most flexible fun and innovative workspace possible.

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Contractors critique GSA's new workspace

Contractors critique GSA's new workspace | Architecture | Scoop.it
GSA's remodeled headquarters is designed to accommodate a flexible, connected workforce. Some contractors, however, are finding the transition difficult.

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8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices

8 Indisputable Reasons Why We Don't Need Offices | Architecture | Scoop.it
Looking back a decade or so ago it was absolutely essential to have an office, or more likely, a cubicle. That's where we had meetings, saw our coworkers, and just got work done. But today do we really need corporate offices?

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Jane Sleeth's curator insight, October 7, 2013 3:26 PM

I love how designers who are trying to get their names and reputations out there keep talking about the need for more and more open offices/workstations and the ability for people to work from home. The fact is there are still thousands of jobs which require access to co-workers, clients and or require periods of concentrated and quiet effort. This catch all review of offices of the future are not based  on the realities of the nature of work in NA or the need for the human brain to interact with others at times and then have quiet private time to work. Sure wish Ergonomists/Human Factors Design experts were part of this conversation.  JESleeth OPC

Kai Bösterling's curator insight, October 13, 2013 11:40 AM

Will Offices Be Obsolete Soon Due To #Digital #Collaboration? 

Flexible Solutions make us more mobile. But can they replace real consolidated collaboration?

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Be a coworker, not a coffeeshopper

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Be a coworker, not a coffeeshopper
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Why fight the very design of a coffee shop — created to appeal to writers and artists, with missing outlets and spotty WiFi — when there are people who do want you to set up your computer all day?

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7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit - Archinect

7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit - Archinect | Architecture | Scoop.it
Archinect 7 Lessons from the 3rd International Architectural Education Summit Archinect Just over a year ago, the Architectural Review published “Alternative Routes for Architecture”, calling for a drastic reinterpretation of architectural...
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