Our framework for the workplaces and workspaces of people engaged in creative and product development work is on tour this Fall. I’m taking The New Technical Workplace Primer to San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Detroit and Chicago in October. Watch for notices in your city.
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Here are a couple of the events where I’ve taken our unique point of view recently. .
Detroit has been a place of extraordinary development over the past several years, and there is much more on the horizon emerging in our portfolio of work.. So I offered our point of [the long] view in a panel discussion in September in front of an audience of about 200 regional real estate professionals. I’ll come back to this in a future blog post.
Midwest Real Estate Journals
I moderated a panel of the most interesting real estate developers in Detroit at the Annual Detroit Commercial Real Estate Summit. More than 250 professional attended the event at the Detroit Athletic Club.
I thought I'd try to get back
into the weeknotes concept. I used to do this in other places, but the
clutter kept getting into the way, much as it does for any mode of
posting here. I'm hoping that a bit of weekly recollection might help
with a more disciplined posting routine. It also might be an agent in
tuning the tone of voice throughout the blog. Anyway, here are a few
things going on in our other life, which overfilled the week.
a stretch of retail along one of our most important and busy streets
that is leftover from an earlier time and probably impossible to adjust
in significant ways because of both the embedded investment as well as
the form and context factors that suppress significant reinvestment. We
had a bit of fun in a design strategy session unpacking the conventional
approach and illustrating the potentials in a design based on speed and
perception rather than convention of forms and signs.
Organization and environment
We attended a very good presentation/discussion featuring Dave Lathrup, Fritz Steele and Mike Brennan.
The title of the event moved toward the psychology of space and how it
shapes behaviors, but seemed to unfold around the alignment of
organizational structure and environment, that is, around how work is
really done and how space might help or hurt. Some inspiring insights
came from comments like, "the creation of value in a social context," "a
time for a revolution in creativity," the importance of the ability "to
spot change and quickly do something about it," and "the community as
The New Technical Workplace
continued to advance our thinking and our offerings on what we are
calling "the new technical workplace." Much of this emerges from a
relatively consistent request from our clients these days asking, "Why
don't we shape our buildings around our work?" This comes mostly from
those who are in the R&D space where functions have been the
"owners" and therefore the shapers of space. The interest in a different
organizational model, a different working culture, and an innovation
imperative seems to ask for a new typology in this domain. There is
growing dissatisfaction with the requirement to shape the work to fit
Resmaking the city
periodically work with a real estate broker who seems to never let a
commission be defined by his client. That is, he consistently looks
about to understand the potential transaction in the larger environment
and then shapes linked deals that raise the value, benefit and influence
of properties for the owners, and for the community. We concluded some
conceptual development that started with a commission to sell a parking
parcel but grew to link institutions, transit systems, and district
identity. More later.
The week ahead looks very interesting with at least three urban projects emerging.