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Thanks to our friends at Loosecubes for featuring DEGW’s very own Peter Bacevice in their latest newsletter. Peter recently wrote a guest post on the Loosecubes blog about networked individualism and its impact on work culture.  Check it out and be inspired to Crowdsource Your Next Water Cooler Chat!

via the99percent.com about knowledge work today

By Andrew Laing, PhD, Director, DEGW
I was very excited to be invited to share DEGW’s thinking about the corporate workplace at a conference about “Future Learning Environments – How Space Impacts on Learning” held at the Nobel Forum of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden on the 3-5th June.  The presentations and discussion focused on inter-professional education in the medical field. The demand for change is driven by the need to challenge the misalignment between specialized medical buildings and spaces and the growing need to enable team based inter-disciplinary and inter professional learning. How to better align the design of space with emerging curriculum and pedagogy? Read the rest of this entry »


Our friends over at Loosecubes have kicked off the Summer Coworking Challenge– a month-long campaign to raise the awareness of coworking. From June 6th – July 4th, Loosecubes will be promoting coworking to the masses and encouraging potential coworkers to give it a try (and have fun doing it). Loosecubes members will be able to book any space in the community at no charge.

So, challenge yourself to be happier, more productive, and better connected. Try coworking for FREE and join the movement toward a better way of working.

For more information and to get involved in the Summer Coworking Challenge, click here.

If you are interested in booking a loosecube at DEGW, check out our space profile!

Here are some links to what we are reading around here. Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook!

Designing a More Work-Friendly Workspace
Entrepreneur Magazine. By Katherine Duncan
The Flight From Conversation
New York Times. By Sherry Turkle
Google’s Low-Tech Incubator For High-Tech Startups
FastCoDesign.com. By Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan

D.I.Y Urbanism: Almere Oosterworld / MVRDV
archdaily.com. By Irina Vinnitskaya

Why it’s time to cut the employee-office leash
CNNMoney.com. By Georgia Collins, managing director, DEGW
Warming Up to the Officeless Office
Wall Street Journal. By Rachel Emma Silverman
Fire, Snowball, Mask, Movie: How Leaders Spark and Sustain Change
Harvard Business Review. By Peter Fuda and Richard Badham
Working at Home, with Children
Huffington Post, By Georgia Collins, managing director, DEGW
When Does it Make Sense to Kill the Cubicle?
Forbes. By Tim Clark

The same practice, now strengthened with a broader range of related expertise.

For four decades, DEGW has guided organizations on the relationships between people and the design of physical place to enhance organizational performance. This tradition continues on a wider platform, as DEGW becomes the Strategy Plus practice at AECOM.

Strategy Plus is a new practice at AECOM that joins together the strategy consultants of DEGW with AECOM’s planners, interior designers, architects and building engineers. From insight to implementation, Strategy Plus enables clients to evaluate and optimize their performance—from the policies that shape their workforce to the buildings and spaces where work is conducted. Read the rest of this entry »

Dave Collins, Strategic Consultant, DEGW San Francisco
Last Sunday’s Mad Men season five premiere was more than just a welcome back party for the familiar gang at Sterling Cooper Draper Price. It was also a polite conversation on the value of offices in the Modern (read: 1963) workplace. Just as the twits at Y&R were dropping water balloons on the heads of the growing crowds of civil rights protestors, Pete Campbell was bemoaning the fact that his office is simply not big enough to bring in the large clients he now has under his control in the fledgling firm. But before we delve into the quandary Pete finds himself in regards to square footage and load bearing beams, let’s reflect a moment on how far the show has progressed in the realm of workplace design. Read the rest of this entry »

By Katie Boothroyd

Agile & Scrum is a method used in software development (originated in manufacturing) that focuses on rapid, iterative work cycles, and relies on collaboration, flexibility, and transparency more so than the traditional Waterfall method. More and more we’re seeing agile implementation with tech clients, as well as organizations with growing software components. Although the Manifesto for Agile Software Development defines the entire approach, and references such as the Agile Academy are easily accessible, we’ve noticed that each organization, and even teams within the same organization, practices only some of the methods. We set out to find out why…

DEGW partnered with Carbon 5 to host an Agile Roundtable with Real Estate/Facilities professionals and Agile Software Developers from a variety of companies, ranging from organizations as large as Yahoo! and SAP to as small as a sole proprietor and start-up from around the San Francisco Bay Area. The event was held at the Autodesk Gallery in SF, which was an excellent venue for our interactive half-day session. Read the rest of this entry »

photo: Chris Doss Photography

By Pete Bacevice
Many cool things have been “popping up” lately in DEGW’s New York office.  After writing about “pop up businesses” and “organizational agility” in recent blog posts, we decided to get some first hand exposure to these trends by importing some if it to our space.

We partnered with Teknion to create a “pop-up” interactive zone in our space to serve as a gathering spot and focal point for our recent office open house.  With an RSVP list of nearly 100 people, we wanted to see how quickly our office could be transformed from a workplace to a social venue.  With only a few weeks of lead time, Teknion designed, shipped, and assembled a lounge seating system specifically for this event.  We are continuing to pilot this system for different events and uses, and we will post updates to this blog in the near future. Read the rest of this entry »

By Georgia Collins via the Huffington Post
Georgia Collins, managing director here at DEGW, North America, recently wrote about working at home, with children, for the Huffington Post. here is what she had to say:

Being a working mom is no longer an anomaly. The US Census reports that 61% of mothers with young children work full or part-time. I’m one of them and I will be the first to admit that my life is hectic. I feel like I never sit down. When I’m awake, I’m either focused on work or focused on my family. With the bits of time that remain I try to keep the laundry basket from overflowing and the refrigerator from being empty. I’ve given up on most everything else.

Like most people, I work from everywhere — the office, home, my (parked) car, the airport, the local coffee shop. Work is where I am, not a place that I go. Read the rest of this entry »

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