Work spaces

The Co-working Concept, Issue 80

January 22, 2024

Co-working space came to mean the notorious We Work model. When I had been asked to opine on co-working I tried to steer the conversation away from the Adam Neumann / Softbank  flimflam growth model. Instead, I suggested that property owners look at usage and users. While I doubted We Work’s ability to survive I […]

Public Spaces, Issue 55

August 9, 2021

Sociologist Ray Oldenburg coined the term  “Third Place” in 1989. He defined home as the First Place and “the office / factory floor/ etc” the Second Place. Oldenburg’s Third Places were neither home space nor work space. Boundaries between work, home, and play fade Since 1989, information and communication technologies have helped fade the boundaries […]

What Have I Been Reading? June 19, 2021

June 19, 2021

Quote of the Week “A walkable community has to have useful things for people to walk to.”  ― Philip Langdon, Within Walking Distance: Creating Livable Communities for All Jacob Gotta, June 13, 2021  THE GROWING POLITICAL PUSHBACK AGAINST FREEWAYS  If you haven’t clued in by now, you haven’t been reading everything I write. I […]

Transition to post-Coronavirus Life, Issue 42

March 17, 2021

The time has come to start building enthusiasm for the transition to post-Coronavirus life. I, for one, cannot wait to Zoom out of conference calls and zoom in to in-person meetings. We need to recapture all those little pleasures that we took for granted. My personal list of things that I miss from my routine […]

It has been quite a year! Issue 41

March 12, 2021

One year ago today I had made the decision to cut short our escape from winter. On March 13, we were flying back to Montreal from London, two weeks early. It was disappointing to lose those last weeks. We had tickets for the opera and the ballet. There was a plan to splurge at Core […]