Smart spaces & places

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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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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...

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...

A collision of two colossi?

A collision of two colossi?

I am always filled with awe, every time I get the opportunity to walk through  the  hallowed  portals  of  The  Mother  of  Parliaments, However, last week there was another reason to be awestruck; since I was attending and event hosted by WeWork at the Palace of...

Boston and Madrid reflections: A Rubicon moment in transit?

Boston and Madrid reflections: A Rubicon moment in transit?

Having just returned from the CoreNet Global Summit in Boston and having previously attended the EMEA Conference in Madrid, I had the opportunity to reflect on what I had observed at both these gatherings. My impression was that CRE/workplace sector was now beginning...

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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