Smart spaces & places

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Should we change the chain?

Back on the chain gang - the return to the office The Economist Bartelby article of August 1st - ‘Back on the Chain Gang’ struck a chord as we consider our return to the office. Rather than just face trade-offs, I wonder if now is the time to think about that chain -...

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...

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The Big Apple always serves up a treat!

The Big Apple always serves up a treat!

New York is certainly a ‘State of Mind’, as Billy Joel once sang, and a trip there always fills me with awe and inspiration. I’ve always marvelled at places such as Manhattan. Perhaps it’s because I come from a small village in a small country and can’t get over the...

A “Corker” at The Croker

A “Corker” at The Croker

Author: https://twitter.com/SimonHeath1 Dublin’s Croke Park, one of Europe’s largest sport’s stadiums, has seen plenty of sporting action in its 105-year history. Known to the locals as ‘The Croker’, on Wednesday it played host to another landmark event for Ireland,...

People and Place in action

People and Place in action

On Saturday I participated in an event, which for me personally reinforced my long-held view, regarding the strong connection/correlation between people and place. How the power of place brings people together of all viewpoints and beliefs to discuss and debate. This...

Great Placemaking: Where is it?

Great Placemaking: Where is it?

As my career in this sector has evolved, I seem to have made it my life’s ambition to push forward and broaden the agenda of what makes a great place to live, work and play, especially here in the UK. I also seem to find myself in the very fortunate position of being...

BELFAST & BOSTON: BEING BRILLIANT TOGETHER!

BELFAST & BOSTON: BEING BRILLIANT TOGETHER!

Whilst participating in last week’s Homecoming Event in Belfast I really felt the power and potential of linking people and place. The Belfast International Homecoming, now in its fifth year, is a three-day event of conferences and events hosted by the city, which...

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE FUTURE

IN CONVERSATION WITH THE FUTURE

Occasionally I’m given the chance to visit universities and get the opportunity to talk to students, something which I always find an eye-opener in a positive way. Since I always come away learning something new for myself and getting a glimpse of the world through...

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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