Some of the articles from other places that we found interesting recently.
The extraordinary story of the Notre Dame fire and how the building was saved from collapse.
“All the sensitive technology at the heart of system had been undone by a cascade of oversights and erroneous assumptions built into the planning.”
Why Midsize Cities Struggle to Catch Up to Superstar Cities
“This new pattern of economic development amounts to a fundamental break from the decades after World War II, when poorer and generally smaller cities were catching up with richer, bigger places. In recent years, this convergence stopped. Many midsize cities and small towns that found manufacturing-based prosperity in the 20th century have lost their footing in the tech-heavy economy of the 21st.”
Sensor-equipped garbage cans sound cool, but someone still has to take out the trash.
“New technology in 2015 will be outdated before 2020. If we widely deploy smart tech in cities, we need to be prepared to replace it every few years, with the associated disruption and cost. But who will assume those costs?”
Pause for thought: Big corporates are using sensors to drastically cut office space
It’s the wrong move. They’re measuring space while overlooking th momentous change in how work is getting done and the new kinds of workspace it’s need.
Hospitality innovator Ace Hotel blazes a new trail as it turns 20
‘We view each property through a new lens, which has taken us down unexpected and interesting paths, like putting record players in the rooms, working directly with local artists and craftsmen and opening venues unique to each city.’
Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”
To start, we need to get more specific in how we define culture.
Stranger than we can imagine: the workplace of the future
Everything is changing.
What is work?
“Fundamentally redefining work is more than a nice-to-have—it’s imperative to remaining competitive. Moreover, it’s an opportunity to shift the future of work conversation from one based on fear and adversity (institutions versus individuals) to one centered around hope and opportunity (in which both institutions and individual workers win). As organizations capture more and more value through a workforce that continually identifies and addresses unseen problems and opportunities, individuals will likely benefit from having greater meaning and engagement in their day-to -day work, igniting more worker passion over time.”
How to survive in a world both flat and spiky
“There is also a significant opportunity for companies to access the talent gathering in different spike cities and then connect those people around the world using digital technology infrastructure so that they might leverage the skills of, and learn from, one another.”
Why London's Proposed 'Tulip' Tower Won't Bloom
“Rising abruptly from a small, narrow footprint, the Tulip’s top-heavy column would have looked like something between a dangerously long hemorrhoid and a weird vibrator.”
Designers are adding kinetic elements to office spaces to provide more flexibility and accommodate greater collaboration.
The desire to be able to switch things up at a moment’s notice has spread to companies in other fields, too. “Businesses are changing at a rate architects almost can’t keep up with.”