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.
As cloud computing and wireless Internet become ubiquitous, workers are cordless. Who needs a cube, much less an office? Just follow the leads of these cool companies.
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The term “hot desking” is essentially a office design concept that enables a employees to move between tables, couches and workstations rather than the traditional approach of working from dedicated cubicles. This article highlights a few companies, predominantly in the tech industry, that have created open workspace environments to promote collaboration. Though modern technology allows us to work from anywhere with wireless access, it begs the question, is open seating right for every company and does it really promote collaboration?
Smart Cities and the Smart Grid: There are natural parallels between the Smart Grid and smart cities in terms of concepts and deployments, though cities have much more experience at evolution than the traditional electrical grid. After all, they have been adopting new technologies that disrupt the status quo for centuries. The Romans created aqueducts and fundamentally changed how water could be controlled and distributed in cities. Discoveries in hygiene and disease transmission and control allowed people to healthily live in population densities with minimized odds of large scale epidemics. And then automobiles exerted their influences on cities. In each case, city systems, policies, and people changed to accommodate new technologies, new knowledge and new practices.
Now, ambitious goals such as zero net energy buildings will change the relationships that physical structures have within cities, and in turn change the relationships that occupants (full or part-time) have within buildings and within cities.
Read the complete article for more on the latest advances in the building industry, infrastructure and transportation, and how smart cities will interact with the Smart Grid...
Let's roll into the Google Garage where everything's on wheels to help create the most flexible fun and innovative workspace possible.
Wendy Sue Messenger's insight:
The Garage, located on Google's campus, was created as a common meeting place where Googlers from across the company can meet, play, learn and create. This unique conference/meeting area was designed and engineered as a flexible workspace (including movable furniture) and exists to create a fun environment that stimulates collaboration and teamwork.
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