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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A “Corker” at The Croker

A “Corker” at The Croker

Author: 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...



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...



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...



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...

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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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