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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 »


Attending upcoming IFMA, NeoCon East or CoreNet events?  We are too. Check out what DEGW experts have to say about telecommuting and flexible workplace myths, improving workplace quality while decreasing its footprint, going mobile, and strategic portfolio planning & alternative workplace strategies. We hope to see you there!


Dispelling the Myths of a Telecommuting + Flexible Workplace Program
Thursday, October 27, 2011 | 8-9am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Jeffrey Martin, TIAA-CREF

DEGW @ NeoCon East

Living the Future: How to Improve Workplace Quality While Decreasing its Footprint
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | 9:30-10:30am
Speakers: Adam Stoltz, Associate Director, DEGW; Kevin Kelly, Senior Architect, Center for Workplace Delivery, GSA-PBS

DEGW @ CoreNet Global Summit

Going Mobile! SNAP Session
Monday, November 7, 2011 | 2:30-4pm
Speakers: Bryant Rice, Director, DEGW; Dawn Birkett, Real Estate Porfolio Manager,

Reducing the Risks of Unpredictability: Strategic Portfolio Planning & Alternative Workplace Strategies
Monday, Nov 7, 2011 | 11-12:30am
Speakers: Bernice Boucher, Director, DEGW; Amy Trulson, Regional Workplace Strategist, Americas, Microsoft; Ryan Doerfler, Director, GSA Public Buildings Service; Kim Vanderland, Director, Workplace Innovation, Capital One; Christian Bigsby, SVP Worldwide Real Estate and Facilities, GSK

Then check out “Going Mobile” with Bryant Rice, Director, DEGW San Francisco along with Dawn Birkett, Real Estate Portfolio Manager,’s Flexforce program demonstrates a method of designing and implementing a mobility program. It’s timing has
built on the successes of previous programs in more traditional environments (banking) and added new components that are appropriate to a tech-savvy population. It’s a model of what could happen in other organizations. While demonstrating the success of this type of program, the case study also provides lessons learned, obstacles to be avoided and preferred methods for implementation. The presentation starts at 2:35pm.

And stick around for the Mobility & Virtual Work: Panel Debate at 2:55 with Bryant; Kevin Kelly, Senior Architect, US General Services Administration, Center for Workspace Delivery, PBS; Michael Leone, Vice President, Global Corporate Accounts, Regus; and Philip Ross, CEO, UNWORK & Cordless Group. Read the rest of this entry »

By Bryant Rice
Late June, the Wall Street Journal did a story on the “dream office” titled “Designs to make you work harder”. They challenged 4 design firms to create a 15 by 15 foot space for a midlevel manager.

225 square feet for a mid-level manager? That’s a big office…one that usually has a sofa or conference table in addition to a desk. What kind of mid-level manager? What do they do? How do we know they need 225 square feet?

Each firm defined their client, and responded with spaces that had a lot of glass and opened onto the other office spaces. . .I guess for “the low level managed”. They were all “multi-purpose” and available for use when the manager was out. Beyond that, it bore no resemblance to the desires or practices that I see my clients  grappling with here in Silicon Valley. Read the rest of this entry »

This is Part 2 of a three part post called The City is the Office, by Andrew Laing, Director of Strategy at DEGW North America. Click here to read Part 1.

The shift to using mobile devices and geolocation services to obtain workspace ‘on demand’ reinforces the idea that even in this world of exploding technology, place matters more than ever. Now we have more choice!

At the WorkTech conference Larry Prusak  made a forceful argument for the value of place and space for the creation and sustenance of knowledge in communities. He believes that:

  • Space is critical for knowledge.
  • Clusters of talent and creativity are built around physically networked places (look no further than Silicon Valley).
  • There is no substitute for being there (in person).

Others argued that new technology is in fact creating rich contexts for collaboration. Nicole Yankelovich CEO of WonderBuilders showed us 3D virtual worlds in which affinity style brainstorming can be achieved virtually. The primary workspace becomes virtual.
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By Andrew Laing

Two recent conferences highlighted the exploding world of the networked city: Festival of Ideas for the New City, where DEGW Founder, Frank Duffy presented the Reconfigured City, and WorkTech. Both reinforced the idea of ‘the office is the city’. Technology is everywhere, enabling an exciting if contradictory perspective on places, community, and knowledge.

At the Festival of Ideas for the New City, much of the talk was about:

  • The world of connecting things- The huge number of built in sensors open our cities and activities to observation and control. They may have the capacity to open up information and ideas for public participation. (Adam Greenfield)
  • Peer to peer communities- Through bypassing the conventional supply chain (Robin Chase), these same networks of people, devices, things and places allow users to create collaborative models of consumption.

This is one way in which Frank Duffy’s challenge to end the tyranny of supply is now happening. We can obtain space when and where we need it through geolocation software.
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