Smart spaces & places

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WHY IS PLACEMAKING SO HOT RIGHT NOW?

WHY IS PLACEMAKING SO HOT RIGHT NOW?

Recently I’ve noticed a noticeable increase in the mainstream press and social media on the importance of placemaking; making me wonder why has it become so topical now and what are the driving factors behind the buzz? Reading London’s popular Evening Standard...
Spaces and Places – are they one and the same?

Spaces and Places – are they one and the same?

For most of my professional career I have differentiated between workspaces and workplaces. Is there any difference? The official definition is that there are differences between workplace and workspace. Moreover in most of our minds it is rigidly set –...

To blog or not to blog?

Is having a social media presence in all its guises a pre-requisite for living a full life I ask myself? Having been mostly “off – air” for almost a year I’ve spent this time reflecting not only on my own situation but on the wider world where the future is coming a...
The times they are a changing – even for CRE!

The times they are a changing – even for CRE!

January 2004 was a big month for me.  It marked the start of my new role at the BBC where I became global head of Corporate Real Estate (CRE).  Since getting involved with the consumer side of the real estate industry almost 30 years ago I have focused on becoming...
Chicago – confounding perceptions

Chicago – confounding perceptions

Walking around down-town Chicago recently reinforced from me the age-old adage about not judging the book by the cover. In today’s fast-paced and always on society I wonder if we are forced to take a very superficial view of life and how we can work? Having spent a...
Brussels – breaking the rules

Brussels – breaking the rules

Yesterday, like a lot of others, I took the train into central London. However it was just the start of my journey as I was off to Brussels by Eurostar.  As we sped through the Kent countryside I wondered what my visit to the Belgian Social Security Services HQ (FPS)...