This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on January 13, 2013

Six Articles to Read this Weekend

Designing Offices with Mobile Employees in Mind
A mobile-wielding workforce no longer chained to the desktop computer is forcing some companies to reconsider workspace design. Some companies are removing individual desks for more common areas. Other companies are taking it further… removing the office entirely for work-from-home programs. Whatever the case, companies are finding they rely more on technology to virtually stitch together employees … Wall Street Journal

It’s Time for a “Slow Conversation” Movement
I could not be a bigger proponent of technology. My career has been built mostly around the Internet. My day job as a venture capitalist focuses on innovations in digital media and big data, and new models of business information and community connectivity. Personally, I am virtually “always on” — usually responding to emails if not instantly then within minutes, while in parallel scanning some document or talking a call. I have a Blackberry for production, and a Samsung Galaxy and an iPad for consumption. But — and you knew there would be a “but” — as we begin 2013, I can’t help feeling that the proliferation of new communication channels and “smart” devices has only further fragmented and strained the flow of real conversations … Harvard Business Review

The 17 Coolest Co-Working Spaces In America
Gourmet cafeterias, discounted gym memberships and expensive artwork used to be luxuries afforded only by big corporate offices. Entrepreneurs can now get the same or better amenities from a co-working space. These communal offices are an affordable solution to a private office, and offer perks that working in a solo office doesn’t. We’ve come up with a list of some of the coolest co-working spaces in America, from coast to coast … Business Insider

The Greenest Office Building In The World Is About To Open In Seattle
Seattle’s Bullitt Center is being heralded as the greenest, most energy-efficient commercial office building in the world. It’s not that the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building is utilizing never-before-seen technology. But it’s combining a lot of different existing technologies and methods to create a structure that’s a showpiece for green design–and a model for others to follow … Fast Company

Green Building Sees Growth, But Fewer Firms Pursue LEED
Three new surveys indicate that green building remains strong despite the uncertain global economy, with designers and builders anticipating an increasing number of green projects. McGraw-Hill Construction (MHC) has released two reports: “2012 World Green Building Trends” surveyed building-related firms in 62 countries, while “2013 Dodge Construction Green Outlook” focused on the expectations of U.S. firms. Turner Construction’s “Green Building Market Barometer” surveyed 718 executives of U.S. firms. There has been a decline in U.S. firms reporting it very likely that they would seek LEED certification, from 61 percent in 2008 to 48 percent, according to the Turner survey … Architectural Record

The New Places Where America’s Tech Future Is Taking Shape
Technology is reshaping our economic geography, but there’s disagreement as to how. Much of the media and pundits assert that the tech revolution is bound to be centralized in the dense, often “hip” places where “smart” people cluster. Someeven fear the new tech wave may erode whatever soul is left to increasingly family free, neo-gilded age San Francisco. Such claims have been bolstered by the tech boom of the past few years — especially the explosion of social media firms in places like Manhattan and San Francisco. Yet longer-term trends in tech employment suggest such favored media memes will ultimately prove well off the mark … NewGeography

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