This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on July 26, 2014

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6 Articles to Read this Weekend

Designing a Better Office Space
The office of the future may not be about trappings or technology as much as the exchange of ideas, with a focus on employee engagement–what some experts are calling the “new sustainability.”… Entrepreneur.com

Here’s How To Create A Workspace That Empowers Your People And Business
Amidst the constant debate about workplace design and the merits of cubicles and open-office layouts, it’s imperative we don’t lose sight of the fact that there are proven strategies to help organizations create workplaces that both empower people and transform business.Leaders truly seeking to strengthen their business need to leverage workplaces as tools to improve their organization… Fast Company

So You’re Not Ready to Give Up Your Private Executive Office…
Stripes Group was familiar with our work in the hospitality realm and wanted to create a different breed of a private equity firm,” said Mitchell Streichhirsch, a designer at ICRAVE and the Stripes Group project manager. “When guests walk in, they wanted them to immediately sense the forward-thinking, youthful company culture… WorkDesign Magazine

Design Offices to Be More Like Neighborhoods
As more people flock to urban areas (about 80% of the U.S. population lives in cities), government officials and academics are becoming more interested in the study of urban space. This has coincided with a boom of new methods to study cities on a macro scale – but many of these techniques can also be used on a micro level to understand and improve workplaces and employee conditions… Harvard Business Review

5 Ways Big Data Is Changing Real Estate
Real estate has traditionally been a game won or lost based on old-fashioned networking and shoe-leather style hard work — deeply dependent on timing, detecting trends and more than a little bit of luck.It may not be that way for much longer, however. Big data is changing the way real-estate professionals, buyers, sellers — and even banks — think about transactions involving property… Mashable

Why You Should Rethink Your Office No-Pet Policy
Catching a glimpse of a wagging tail skittering around the office isn’t just cute. It may just save your life and the lives of employees. Allowing pets in the workplace has long been seen as key employee benefit, as well as an amusement (depending on whether you’re an animal lover).But for some employers, an open door policy toward pets–particularly, man’s best friend… Inc.com

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This Week in the Economy

July 26, 2014

Stocks End the Week Mostly Unchanged All three major stock indexes finished the week mostly unchanged from the previous week’s levels. The Nasdaq finished up 0.39% for the week. The Dow retreated 0.82% and the S&P 500 advanced 0.01% for the week. Below are links to the top economics news for the week: U.S. Rig Count is up […]

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Houston’s 6.3% Retail Vacancy Rate at a Record Low

July 19, 2014

Q2 2014 | Houston Retail | Research & Forecast Report Houston’s retail market posted 1.2M SF of positive net absorption in the second quarter. Some of the tenants who opened new locations during the quarter include Whole Foods Market, Kroger Marketplace, Conn’s Appliances, Horse & Rider, Vineyard Vines, Trina Turks, Brucettes Shoes, and Harbor Freight […]

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A Booming Office Market Accelerates Construction Costs in Houston

July 19, 2014

Kirksey Office Construction Cost Update – 2014 Kirksey Architects just released its annual office construction cost update on office buildings, parking structures and corporate interiors which is an annual poll of leading contractors to update current market conditions. Houston contains by far the largest amount of new office space construction under way among U.S. markets. According to report, […]

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This Week’s Recommended Reading

July 19, 2014

6 Articles to Read this Weekend Workspace Design Trends To Increase Your Productivity Creating paths for chance meetings, including nooks, and designing agile, unique workspaces are solutions that designers say promote collaboration, creativity, and productivity in the modern office.“In the last four to five years, we’ve all been focusing on sustainability and the impact technology has […]

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