Quirky London Google HQ

“The search giant is known for its playful, unconventional workspaces–perhaps intended to offset its fairly Vader-esque public image, and certainly, to sweeten the deal for young, in-demand engineers who may be juggling other offers.” Google’s Quirky New London HQ: Fit for Mr. Bean

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Importance of Space Design

Much like planning space in an office & maximizing your real estate, planning the seat arrangement/design especially on business class can bring in more revenue without buying new planes or rethinking the routes.  “…by shaping the seats like a V. It sounds intimate at first, with two passengers facing in toward one another. But ultimately,

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Pre-fab House for $20K & 10-Days to Construct

“The community, Rimbunan Kaseh, is in the Malaysian state of Pahang and it runs off energy supplies that are largely solar-generated, supplemented by biomass and hydropower. Its agriculture system grows both animals and crops: A four-level aquaculture system nurtures farmed tilapia–a high-protein fish–and then the wastewater is filtered and put to use to irrigate grain

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Employee Shuttles in SF to be Regulated

“City supervisors have said that they think shuttles provide a valuable service — namely, cutting down on vehicle traffic and adding to San Francisco’s allure as a place to live. But they also get complaints from neighborhood residents who don’t like it when the shuttle buses idle outside their homes or block Muni stops.”  Obviously,

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More Appreciation of Nature?

“People thrive when exposed to the outdoors. But most offices can’t offer employees beautiful vistas of streams and fields. Sky Factory’s video screens give office drones a little taste of the outside world, and potentially make them happier and more productive in the process. Says Witherspoon, “It doesn’t matter if it’s appreciation for the real

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See Cracks on Your Building?

Cracks, spalls & corrosion on the facade are great indicators of deterioration.  Visuals are great first line of inspection but they can be expensive, requires lot of hands-on, up-close evaluation from a scaffolding.  And they can be subjective.  In recent years, computer technology and modeling structures have gained headway.  “The result is a more precise

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What About Cardboard Furniture

“Frank Gehry created the Wiggle chair (above) out of 60 layers of cardboard, screws and fibreboard in 1972, and it looks as fresh now as it did then. Its engineering and clever design has earned it a price tag of $1,078. Here’s the dirty secret: The chairs look good, but they don’t wear well.” Function

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SF Peninsula Leasing Slowdown

“Grant said that leasing rates will end the year up about 10 percent. “After two years of irrational exuberance on rates, people are being reasonable,” he said. The strength is in the central and southern half of San Mateo County, with weaknesses in Brisbane, South San Francisco and Daly City” Leasing Slowdown Hits Peninsula Hard

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Video Chat Tools

“Nothing beats face-to-face interaction–even when the people who need to communicate can’t get together. Luckily, video chat services are making it easier to connect with colleagues from a home office, a hotel room, or even a park bench. Here are four options to consider.” Face Time, Any Time: Best Video Chat Tools

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Reduce & Reusing When Moving

Even though the Infographics below is geared more for a personal relocation, it still pointed out some ways to reduce your carbon footprint when doing a company move. 1. Biodiesel for the moving trucks – I haven’t seen this among the local movers.  But definitely something to consider especially if you’re doing a long-distance move.

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