Archives for category: technology

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 »


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 »

By Bryant Rice
The development of products follows the elusive search for the future consumer. In the corporate furniture industry we are seeing the blending of traditional markets creating new items that combine functions and technologies from a number of sources. This is not new. Really creative designers have long prided themselves on the search for innovative products sourced from unlikely sources. This has yielded such time tested winners as the casket carrier table, the block and tackle side table, the cowboy boot lamp, and the antler chandelier. Eclecticism has always been an option in the sophisticated interior, whether inspired by Sir John Soane, or Elsie deWolfe.
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photo: Jeff Chiu of the Associated Press

By Paul Schuette
Cafeterias and high-end food service have become nearly synonymous with the services that large Silicon Valley companies provide to their employees. Like other Silicon Valley companies, Twitter offers food as a perk for attracting and retaining employees. Twitter’s headquarters has been located in suburban Silicon Valley where restaurants and other food options are not within easy walking distance.
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This is part 3 of a three part post called The City is the Office, by Andrew Laing, Director of Strategy for DEGW North America. Click here to read Part 1 and Part 2.

At both the Worktech and Festival of Ideas for the New City conferences, the new city of Songdo in South Korea was cited as an example of the smart city movement.  New kinds of technology are enabling more intelligent forms of urbanism. Yet it seems odd to me that given the sophistication of the technology, the physical architecture looks remarkably familiar.

Why would the provision of amazing new technological infrastructure not transform the architecture of the city? Is the idea that technology is a kind of invisible utility that merely services a conventional  architecture? Like some new kind of sewer system?
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