Smart spaces & places

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Back to the office?

The Great Office Debate – the great future of work Debate 2021 #1 The tidal wave of noise in the media about work from home (WFH) and the spotlight on remote working is one of the surprisingly significant by-products of these pandemic times. The massively impactful...

Surviving the mosh pit

Making Sense of the Noise Making sense of all the noise out there about the future of the office and work gives me a headache and I don’t think I’m the only one with a sore head!  Participating in a recent Workplace Evolutionaries webinar with the very ‘rock n...

Offices have a strong future – or do they???

The nature of demand for space has changed irreversibly.

The Great Future of the Office Debate – the shift from fixed to fluid?

I wonder what will future historians say about the 2020’s? Will they see these ‘pandemic times’ as a milestone which marked the end of Industrial Age thinking and the birth of the new Digitally-Enabled Era?  Dare I say the Age of the Human? Taking a...

Reimagining the Office

”What’s the purpose of the office?” that is a question I've been asking many people in recent years – not ever imagining that the future of offices would be the most hotly debated topic in 2020. Current circumstances have certainly thrown a massive spotlight on the...

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Working From Home and the Eternal Triangle

Working From Home and the Eternal Triangle

are we only seeing part of the picture? Covid-19 has unleashed a great deal of interest in remote working, now known to all and sundry by the snappier three-letter acronym, WFH. What I find particularly fascinating is that the mainstream press has now latched on to...

A Fog of Uncertainty

A Fog of Uncertainty

As we all try to cope with this unprecedented and unexpected lockdown experience the question of ‘when can we get back to normal?’ is never far from our minds. What do we have to do to escape this enforced restriction placed on us? Which of the multitude of commentators postulating return to work insights, checklists […]

Time To Think?

Time To Think?

As we tried to get a grip on living in isolation over the Easter period, I don’t believe phrases such as - “in times like this” make sense.   Our world is undergoing a challenge which is unprecedented, one that is exacting a huge and painful human toll in...

Amsterdam – City of Contrasts

Amsterdam – City of Contrasts

I really enjoy visiting Amsterdam, it is an intriguing city, full of contrasts. There’s the old-fashioned, picture-perfect gabled painted houses harking back to the age of Vermeer, flanking the patchwork quilt of canal-bordered islands. Another characteristic of...

Reflections on How the Economist sees our world of Corporate Offices.

Source: The Economist 28 Sept 2019 Surely a sign of the times is when a mainstream publication such as the venerable Economist would devote not one, but three items on the Workplace sector? In their September 28th issue they discussed the profound changes regarding...

Strategy and Place – still illuminating

Strategy and Place – still illuminating

Twenty years ago, I found myself balancing a demanding role at the Walt Disney Company whilst completing my studies for an MBA and as part of my research I came across Martha O’Mara’s insightful book ‘Strategy and Place’. It was a pioneering effort which she began...

about chris

Instigator, Integrator and Interpreter, ex head of Corporate Real Estate at BBC Workplace, and now living a portfolio life. Interested in 21st Century workplaces & place making.

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Smart Spaces & Places provides insight and key learning from a diverse range of placemaking/ organisations and events which have embraced agile working or alternative working strategies over the last few years, both in the UK, as well as globally.

The site is based on my thoughts, research and experiences, coupled with observations from travelling all over the world.

One of the abjectives of Smart Spaces & Places is that of discovering a smart approach of using the physical workplace in an intelligent and innovative way by integrating ‘People and Place’ effectively. How the 21st Century workplace can be freed to be more agile, generate more creativity and productivity, as well as, ultimately delivering significant business success.


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