This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on January 4, 2013

Eight Articles to Read this Weekend

Commercial Real Estate Web Sites Increase in Popularity
In terms of marketing tone, the commercial real estate industry has long played the quiet cousin to the brasher residential business. While apartments are routinely sold using splashy, multifaceted ad campaigns, commercial brokers and developers have favored lower-key, brochure-based approaches … NY Times

Towers of Speculation
Despite sluggish demand for U.S. office space, a handful of developers are moving forward with plans to build new office towers even before they have lined up tenants—reviving the risky game of speculative development … Wall Street Journal

Flexible Collaboration: Silicon Valley’s Influence on the Workplace
Much has changed in workplace and in workplace design over the last 40 years. The old workplace was a reflection of order and efficiency filled with impersonal cubicles and corner offices that reinforced hierarchies and discouraged socialization. But today’s workplace is personal, flexible, and collaborative – a result of cultural changes and technological advances that first played out in Silicon Valley … Workspace Design Magazine

Steelcase’s Anthropologist On Remaking Offices To Create Happier Workers
Human nature changes slowly, but the way we work and the idea of the “office” changes fast. Here’s how to harness those opposing forces for a happier work force … Fast Company

Removing the “Powerful Corner Office” Tops 2013 Design Trends
The coveted corner office is becoming a thing of the past, as companies look to level the playing field among all employees and focus on open, collaborative work space, according to Fitzgerald Earles Architects and Associates (FEAA) in Chicago … WebWire

An office building just for Startups…
I’ve heard several startup CEO’s say that commercial real estate brokers and building owners don’t understand a startup’s needs for office space.  I’ve also heard brokers and owners say that startups are unrealistic about their expectation concerning what an owner should be willing to do for a startup and its office space … CREvation and Startups

Steffy: A dated law on commercial real estate
The $322 million sale of Heritage Plaza in late 2010 was among the most profitable Houston-area office building deals in the past two years. Goddard Investment Group of Atlanta more than doubled its money in just five years, having bought the 53-story downtown office building for just $128 million. Local governments, however, haven’t shared in Goddard’s gain … Houston Chronicle

We Created 1.8 Million Jobs in 2012: Where Did They Come From?
If nothing else, the U.S. job market has become remarkably consistent. In 2011, the country added a modest 1.84 million jobs, largely in professional and business services, health care, the food industry, manufacturing, and retail … The Atlantic

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  • Thanks for recommending such interesting posts. These are really interesting. They are amazing. Waiting to read some more.

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