Five Articles to Read this Weekend
Lawrence W. Cheek takes a look at the 21st century office design in New Office Designs Offer Room to Roam and to Think that includes a look at the offices of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Russell Investments workspaces in Seattle. Also be and sure and view the cool photo slideshow.
There is a fair amount of discussion about how the trend of shrinking workspace allocation for employees will adversely impact office space demand in the coming years. While there is not much room to debate this emerging trend, I always like to point out that the U.S continues its shift to a service based economy which equates to an expansion of office using employment. Biz Journals takes a look at what industries are expected to add the most jobs by 2020 and tells us office jobs top the list of fastest-growing occupations.
We all know that recovery in the commercial real estate market is dependent on job growth. The latest BLS release for metro area unemployment has full year averages for 2011 available, so we can see which cities added the most jobs last year. New Geography shows us that Austin, Silicon Valley and Houston led the U.S in job recovery in 2011.
Research firm Gartner believes the personal cloud will replace the PC as the center of our digital lives sooner than you might think: 2014. Wired.com summarizes Gartner’s trends in client computing that have shifted the market away from a focus on personal computers to a broader device perspective that includes smartphones, tablets and other consumer devices.
The coworking movement was born out of idealistic goals that community minded people could band together to make work better and more ecologically friendly. Last week just before SXSW in Austin the coworking community gathered at Global Coworking Unconference Conference. Gigaom covered the event and says the the conversion to coworking 2.0 continues as the movement has gained the attention of the entrepreneur and Corporate America.