This Week’s Recommended Reading

by CoyDavidson on November 9, 2013

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Six Articles to Read this Weekend

U.S. Commercial Real Estate Industry Reaches Inflection Point in 2014 with Investors Returning To Secondary Markets
The U.S. real estate recovery is set to continue into 2014, with investors increasingly looking beyond some of the traditionally popular markets to secondary markets in search of higher yields, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2014, co-published by PwC US and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) … Urban Land Institute

American Cities May Have Reached “Peak Office”
Despite some hype and a few regional exceptions, the construction of office towers and suburban office parks has not made a significant resurgence in the current recovery. After a century in which office space expanded nationally with every uptick in the economy, we may have reached something close to “peak office” in most markets … New Geography

Innovation through working the bump factor
The importance of collaboration in driving the innovations which lead to cost reductions and revenue enhancements has been heightened by hyper-competition in the wake of the global financial crisis. A common workplace strategy objective is to increase the “bump factor”: the propensity for people from different teams to bump into each other and have a conversation that leads to improved work outcomes … Colliers International

Delivering the Workplace as a Hospitality Brand
Brands are meant to communicate values and make bold promises. Great brands proclaim aspirational values that can inspire customers to lifelong loyalty. At the recent Corenet Global Summit of corporate real estate executives, I presented a strategic framework for delivering the corporate workplace as a great hospitality brand … Steelcase

Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity
I’m not looking for your pity; I want your own righteous indignation. Because you, too, deserve an office. We deserve better. We all deserve offices. But it gets worse: We’ve been told that our small squat in the vast openness of our open-office layouts, with all its crosstalk and lack of privacy, is actually good for us. It boosts productivity. It leads to a happy utopia of shared ideas and mutual goals … Fast Company

How To Create An Open Office That Is More Awesome For Both Introverts And Extroverts
Jason Feifer published a funny and rousing anti-open office manifesto, decrying Fast Company’s shared workspaces and singing the praises of private offices. Our mostly open workspace, Jason argued, is distracting and productivity killing, and it doesn’t promote collaboration! But I believe that the problem with Fast Company’s office isn’t that we have a mostly open office layout. The problem with our office is that we haven’t approached our open office layout the right way … Fast Company

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