How do open offices affect social structuring at work?

The UK has more than twice as many open plan workers than the global average. Almost half of UK workers (49%) are based in open plan offices compared to 23% globally. In research on territoriality, open plan offices are referred to as “non-territorial offices”. This implies that there is no territorial behaviour in open plan […]

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How is technology affecting your work/life balance?

Technology is impacting us all, whether we choose to embrace it or not! It’s something I’ve thought about (and written about) a lot, and a recent debate we arranged within the Strategy Plus team threw up some interesting questions about how technology is impacting work/life balance and how it will go on to do so […]

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The point of a pilot

Taking risks and testing performance – that’s the point of a pilot. These two key themes emerged in a recent AECOM conference presentation in Sydney. The conference explored Next Generation Activity Based Workplaces (ABW). I shared an extended case study of SBS’ Agile pilot space in its Artarmon headquarters. With a background as Australia’s multicultural broadcaster, […]

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Big data hits the big time: global cities indicators

Photo: Copyright AECOM by David Lloyd The Global Cities Indicators Facility (GCIF) at the University of Toronto has for a long time worked with many cities around the world to collect and share data on city-level information that would be valuable for city management. Their global conference held this past May in Toronto brought together […]

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Ideas from the IFMA workplace strategy summit

Photo: Copyright AECOM / Robb Williamson I was invited to speak at the International Facilities Management Association workplace strategy summit held near Reading, UK in June. This was hosted by Professor Alexi Marmot from University College London and was a followup to a previous summit held at Cornell University in 2012. The attendees were an […]

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Meaning through work

(Image: www.candychang.com) As work leaves the confines of the office, organisations are looking to the workplace to be an anchor of collaboration that connects people and ideas. In a workplace landscape replete with huddle spaces, whiteboards and meeting rooms, collaboration is king. Whilst this is particularly relevant to the knowledge worker in the head office, […]

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Ten years of time utilisation studies

Dark = percent of time occupied; medium = percent of time temporarily occupied; light = percent of time empty. Looking back to when we (then DEGW, now Strategy Plus at AECOM) carried out the first Time Utilisation Survey (TUS) for IBM in the early 1990s, we didn’t realise that it would become the start of […]

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Suburbs or city center?

Left to right: Panelists Neeraj Bhatia, Alexa Arena, and Andrew Laing. Urbanism, the future of work, and the implications of both for real estate were top of mind when the Strategy Plus team hosted a Think+Drink event in AECOM’s San Francisco office earlier this month. The “thinking” portion of the event, attended by more than […]

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The new office workscape

The Fourth International Utzon Symposium was held in the Sydney Opera House March 7-9. The work of the late Danish architect, Jorn Utzon, is renowned globally and his vision for the Sydney Opera House has been formally recognised with its inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007. The Symposium brought together the full […]

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Working in the Digital City

What interests me most about the technology sector in New York was that it pioneers so many of the new ways of using space and technology and represents a broader vision of what future workplaces could be like. The tech sector has been growing very fast in New York, primarily because the products and applications […]

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