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Extreme Work Spaces

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Extreme Work Spaces - We’ve shown you the incredible offices at Google Zurich before, but it was essentially just a sneak peak. The Google work areas are just frig...
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Our collection of news on the workplace is focused on those trends that facilitate more innovation and productivity and are therefore more valuable. We are interested in the overlap with sustainability and the impact on future office demand.
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Technology and the workplace of the future

Technology and the workplace of the future | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

Mobility, social software, cloud-based services, new devices and a flood of big data are changing the way we work and placing new demands on the workplace

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Micro-living for work, rest and play at the Collective Stratford

Micro-living for work, rest and play at the Collective Stratford | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
The Collective Stratford, in London, UK, is described by its architects as a "new form of shared living accommodation." Like the Common in Brooklyn, US, it will provide affordable housing within a community. In addition, though, it will offer office space and a start-up incubator for its residents.
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Study links green building design to higher cognitive performance

Study links green building design to higher cognitive performance | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
People who work in a green building with low levels of indoor pollutants and CO2 have significantly higher cognitive functioning scores, claims a new study
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A new study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Center for Health and the Global Environment, SUNY Upstate Medical University, and Syracuse University shows that people working in green building environments have at least double the cognitive performance scores in areas like crisis response, strategy and information usage compared to those working in non-green building environments. 

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Lower Manhattan’s New Coworking Space Powered by Verizon

Lower Manhattan’s New Coworking Space Powered by Verizon | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

The country’s largest provider of wireless services and an operator of shared workspaces have joined forces to create a premium coworking space in Lower Manhattan.

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Verizon Ventures is providing coworking space to small start-up companies to help spur creativity. In doing so, Verizon's venture capital arm will be able to spot new up-and-coming start-ups to invest in early on. 

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Law Firms Adopting Collaborative Offices

Law Firms Adopting Collaborative Offices | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"Corporate America has been reconfiguring its offices in the past few years, but many law firms are now adopting the new ideas."

Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

Here's a great example of law firms starting to embrace shared and collaborative workspaces to attract millennials and promote communication among its employees. 

 
Lindquist & Vennum, LLP's new space in Minneapolis will have some corner offices for private client-attorney meetings, but it will also provide bright open spaces with access to natural light to the majority of the employees. 
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WeWork seeks new lease of life for the office model

WeWork seeks new lease of life for the office model | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"What is WeWork? According to , its 36-year-old co-founder, it is variously an “energy” business, a “capitalist kibbutz”, a “physical social network”, or — quite simply — the future of work."

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WeWork does not like to compare itself to Regus or other traditional executive suite companies.  

The company leases blocks of office space on long-term leases, builds them out in a unique modern way with attractive shared community areas with arcade games and beer taps, and then sublets space to small businesses, start-ups and mobile workers who desire an energizing shared office environment. 

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4 Reasons You Should Consider This Alternative Office Design

4 Reasons You Should Consider This Alternative Office Design | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
One CEO found that giving employees the power to choose their workspace is just what he needs to make them more collaborative and creative.
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

Flexible, collaborative and digitally connected workspaces are key to productivity and creativity in the modern workplace. 

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Workplaces? Young want 'places to work'

Workplaces? Young want 'places to work' | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"Workplaces with row of desks as we know them today will eventually become redundant, says research from real estate firm CBRE."

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Interesting study from CBRE. Flexible and relaxing work environments as well as physical well-being are important to employees. 

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Wework Raises the Bar for What a Workplace Can Be

Wework Raises the Bar for What a Workplace Can Be | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
We need to pay attention to the coworking juggernaut because it's making money by providing the kinds of workplaces workers are willing to pay for
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

With office utilization rates down and shared/collaborative spaces becoming more popular, it makes sense to sublet small excess office space to contractors etc. Websites like wework are becoming popular facilitators of this subletting process. 

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Photo Gallery: Google’s Real Estate in the United States | National Real Estate Investor

Photo Gallery: Google’s Real Estate in the United States | National Real Estate Investor | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Google tries hard to keep its real estate plans secretwith its spokespeople declining to answer questions from the media regarding the size of its holdings. But from the information that has been made public, it's clear that the company's skyrocketing growth is not limited to its number of employees or business acquisitions.
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Google is not all virtual

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Millennials Become the Biggest Generation in the U.S. Workforce

Millennials Become the Biggest Generation in the U.S. Workforce | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Millennials have moved past Generation X to become the largest generation in the American workforce, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.
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It's official. Millennials are now the largest generation of the working population in the US. Now, more than ever, companies need to consider this growing population when developing corporate culture and building out future office space. Millennials like features such as high-speed connectivity, sustainability, as well as open, flexible and collaborative work environments. 

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Americans Are Running Out of Office Space

Americans Are Running Out of Office Space | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Companies looking to trim the fat are looking to people’s workspaces, according to a new report, leading to a decline in in personal space and privacy at work, even among some corporate employees used to spacious offices.
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As collaborative workspaces have become more popular, the average office space per worker has decreased and is projected to further drop in the upcoming years.  The average space per worker in North America is expected to fall to 151 SF by 2017, a 14% decrease from 176 SF in 2012 and a 33% decrease from 225 SF in 2010. 

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Barclays converts underutilised offices into free co-working spaces

Barclays converts underutilised offices into free co-working spaces | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

Social enterprises, start-ups and community groups offered free co-working space by Barclays as part of an initiative called Hatch, developed with 3Space.

Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

Interesting partnership between Barclays and nonprofit 3Space to offer unused bank space, including vault space, as collaborative office and workshop space for small entrepreneurs and incubators. 

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Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.

Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace. | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"If employers want to make the open-office model work, they have to take measures to improve work efficiency."

Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

Open and collaborative workspaces can facilitate cooperation and the exchange of ideas between colleagues; however, without proper guidelines on internal interaction and the appropriate mix of open spaces and breakout offices, coworkers in close proximity can also be a distraction to each other and hinder productivity. 

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How modern business culture is influencing workspace design

How modern business culture is influencing workspace design | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Business culture has undergone a period of transformation during the last decade. Modern companies have challenged the value of rigid corporate culture, instead embracing the modern ethos that promotes productivity by involving itself in employee happiness.
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Here are four ways modern business culture and trends are influencing workplace design:  (1) coffee culture and coworking has led to contemporary office design; (2) office design has become more environmentally friendly; (3) telecommuting means there is less need for desk space; and (4) less need for storage units because of cloud-based technology.

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Workplace Wellness Makes for Healthy Business

Workplace Wellness Makes for Healthy Business | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Businesses that deliver on wellness programs see pronounced and positive results for their employees
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Wellness programs are becoming increasingly important to businesses and their employees.  To that end, building features such as on-site gyms and fitness centers as well as natural light and high ceilings are also becoming popular with occupants. 

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Asian Workspace Density Now Impacting Worker Productivity

Asian Workspace Density Now Impacting Worker Productivity | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Organizations all across Asia are now under pressure to drive down costs by increasing their workplace 'static density'--the space per sq. ft. per workstation.
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To counteract the negative impacts of decreasing workspace density, firms in Asia are allowing more flexible work environments, such as Activity Based Working (ABW), rather than sticking to assigned spaces.

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Workplace Strategies for Keeping Employees Engaged

Workplace Strategies for Keeping Employees Engaged | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Recent research has shown that the average worker stays at his or her job for just 4.6 years. To keep employees happy, companies must improve the workplace
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Here are some workplace strategies to keep employees engaged:  providing professional development, using social spaces to foster collaboration, as well as implementing wellness features. 

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'The future of work' comes to downtown Las Vegas

'The future of work' comes to downtown Las Vegas | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
For years, Quentin Abrmo rented space to other small businesses that shared the building's open interior — a job he admits he did "poorly" without a formal business plan. But now Abramo has formalized the shared-space, co-work operation in a new role as managing partner of Co-Operate On, LLC.
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

For smaller companies, sharing space in a collaborative and community environment not only saves money compared to traditional spaces, but also helps foster creativity.  

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As WeWork Acquires CASE, the Future of Office Design May Start Today

As WeWork Acquires CASE, the Future of Office Design May Start Today | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

"Buildings shouldn't just be a place where you go to do stuff. How can we enable the buildings themselves to be a positive contributor to the activities that happen within them?"

Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

With WeWork's acquisition of CASE, the combined company will now offer services for not only flexible coworking spaces, but also office design for those spaces. 


This unique perspective puts the firm in a position to give traditional architects who work on office design a run for their money. 

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3 Measurable Ways Collaboration Grows Businesses

3 Measurable Ways Collaboration Grows Businesses | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Companies that tear down silos and encourage communication do better by every measure.
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Great article explaining how formal collaboration results in improved marketing, productivity, and final products. 

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The Untapped Potential Of Unused Capacities

The Untapped Potential Of Unused Capacities | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it

Companies can benefit from the trend toward “collaborative consumption” through creative new approaches to defining and distributing their offerings.

Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

As the SF per employee continues to shrink, open/collaborative workspaces and telecommuting options are becoming more popular, creating demand for hoteling, or reservation-based unassigned seating of corporate office space. 

 

LiquidSpace, a service that connects corporate real estate owners with temporary renters who want to lease excess office space on a short-term basis, has been dubbed the 'Airbnb of work spaces'.  These types of services will help maximize the office space utilization rate. 

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New city-backed facility targeting startups opens as The Commons

New city-backed facility targeting startups opens as The Commons | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
Startups have a new place to get started in Denver with Wednesday's opening of The Commons on Champa, a campus aimed at helping local entrepreneurs, from artists and food-truck owners to developers of consumer products and mobile apps.
Clarence | MSRE, LEED GA's insight:

By providing low cost incubator space for lease, the city of Denver hopes to attract new talented start-ups. Also, since the city is providing the building, the operating costs for heating and utilities will be lower, so the rents received should more than offset these costs. The excess revenues will go towards entrepreneurial programs and workshops. 

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Does Office Design Really Affect Productivity? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Does Office Design Really Affect Productivity? [INFOGRAPHIC] | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
How does office design really effect workers? Find out here.
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Nice summary on office design trends.  See also my paper under www.normmiller.net and workplace trends research where papers are free to download.

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Companies recast office break room as collaborative workspace

Companies recast office break room as collaborative workspace | Collaborative, Productive and Innovative Workspaces | Scoop.it
For generations, office kitchens were hidden out of sight, an unloved necessity kept stark to ensure that workers didn't linger.
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With the rising popularity collaborative spaces, new creative subcategories are being created, such as 'office kitchens' and 'loungebraries'. 

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