This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on September 7, 2013

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6 Articles to Read this Weekend

Why Today’s Start-Ups Are Choosing Urban Lofts Over Suburban Office Parks
Ever since its birth 50 years ago, venture capital-financed technology has had a suburban orientation. Suburban “nerdistans” sprouted in low-rise office parks just off highway interchanges across California’s vaunted Silicon Valley; in the suburbs that line Boston’s Route 128; and in Redmond, where Microsoft is located, to name just a few … The Atlantic Cities

Cummings wants to “engineer serendipity”
Can great workplace culture and innovation happen at home? Marissa Mayer’s now famous decision to pull Yahoo workers back to the office suggests that working at home has it challenges. Many in the commercial real estate community understand that working remotely (at home or otherwise) can increase productivity  … Atlanta Business Chronicle

Someday Worth Billions, but Now, They Need a Desk
In the 20th-century workplace, Duncan Logan might be considered an abusive landlord. He rents working spaces without doors or walls between tenants. Instead, his renters work at long tables, and sometimes those tables are shared with other companies. Yearn for privacy? “Headphones are the new cubicle,” he said … NY Times

A Map Of America’s Future: Where Growth Will Be Over The Next Decade
The world’s biggest and most dynamic economy derives its strength and resilience from its geographic diversity. Economically, at least, America is not a single country. It is a collection of seven nations and three quasi-independent city-states, each with its own tastes, proclivities, resources and problems. NewGeography

How to make a city great
By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how … McKinsey & Company

‘It is hotter than anywhere I’ve ever been’: London skyscraper melts cars, fries eggs
A futuristic-looking skyscraper under construction in London has been blamed for melting cars and setting fire to furnishings in a nearby shop. The so-called Walkie Talkie building has an unusual curved shape which reflects a concentrated beam of sunlight onto the streets below. Temperatures have reportedly reached an astonishing 158 degrees  … NBC News

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