This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on December 21, 2012

Six Articles to Read this Weekend

Estimating Your True Office Costs
“No one on the financial side makes rosy growth projections based on a tiny, random sample of transactions, as that is likely to get you fired and your company delisted,” said John Vivadelli, president and CEO at AgilQuest Corporation. “But that’s how most organizations treat their office space needs and subsequent lease renewals: They make 10-year, $100 million decisions based on too-small observations or sample sets.” … Workspace Design Magazine

Office Space
Companies expect more from open-plan offices — more teamwork, productivity, and satisfaction. Do they get it? As an office furniture and design company, Steelcase is at the vanguard of a growing trend toward open-plan design and shared spaces in the workplace … CFO.com

This Breathing Office Building Makes You Feel Like You’re Outside
PNC Bank’s new global HQ in Pittsburgh is going to be a skyscraper like no other–including the ability to open windows and even take a walk outdoors, no matter what floor you’re on … Fast Company

The Corporate Campus Embraces Urbanization
Increasingly, we are seeing expressions of the urban future of work through specific proposals by companies interested in retrofitting the suburban corporate campus rather than moving into cities … SPUR

Is coworking radically transforming commercial real estate?
The success of RocketSpace’s “office-as-a-service” approach testifies to the fact that the commercial real estate industry is inefficient and broken in today’s tech-saturated economy. We’re hardly the only canary in this coal mine: Amazon EC2, Dropbox, Airbnb, and Zipcar are all early indicators that real estate is already beginning to undergo large-scale disruption … RocketSpace

A Big Misunderstanding
Cliff Edwards’s 2001 “Sorry, Steve: Here’s Why Apple Stores Won’t Work” piece for Businessweek is deservingly notorious in the annals of claim chowder, but there are a few things about it worth keeping in mind even today. There’s more to it than just a few guys who were wrong about Apple’s prospects in retail … Daring Fireball

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