Still a Preference for Brick &Timber Space

“The burst of construction is being driven by a combination of rising rents and declining vacancy. Vacancy dropped to 9.5 percent in the first quarter, according to Cushman & Wakefield, the first time the rate has dipped below the 10 percent mark since the second quarter of 2008. The brokerage is projecting that vacancy will

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Entertaining & Hanging-out in the Kitchen

“If you could have one room to fill with luxury features in your home, would it be the kitchen, master bedroom, bathroom, living room or backyard? About 80 percent, or 20 out of the top 25 survey respondents on this Friday’s Residential Contractors list, said most homebuyers look to the kitchen first. The master bedroom

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Spike in SF Rents

“Rents in San Francisco were up 1.7 percent to $35.60 per square foot annually, while New York’s rose 1.6 percent to $49.63 per square foot.” Source: San Francisco leads in office rate growth

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More Sustainable Flooring Using Cork or Bamboo

“Bamboo is an Asian grass that matures in seven years, making its harvest very sustainable. After milling, drying and finishing, bamboo is harder than teak, But cork is Steele’s best-seller right now. “It is super-resilient, waterproof, and maintenance-free,” he explained. Most of the world’s cork comes from Portugal’s cork oak trees. Cork is the tree

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Zendesk at Mid-Market

“In 2011, Zendesk moved into a 42,000+ square foot office on mid-Market and took over multiple floors to support their growing business. The culture is very informal and relaxed, so the space needed to be something that reflects and enables the same.”     Source: Zendesk’s Calm Space Takeover at Mid-Market

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More Options for LED Bulbs

“LEDs last about 25 times as long as incandescents and three times as long as CFLs; we’re talking maybe 25,000 hours of light. Install one today, and you may not own your house, or even live, long enough to see it burn out. (Actually, LED bulbs generally don’t burn out at all; they just get

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New Twist on Industrial Fluorescent Bulbs

“The industrial fluorescent bulbs and brushed aluminum casing get a makeover from the open, organic-feeling construction of the octagonal pendant. While it makes a statement as a single hovering light, the design truly shines when clustered in groups, as in the lobby image,” Source:  Design Daily: Sculptural Pendant Light by Neidhardt

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Influencing Urban Planning with Green Spaces

“For society as a whole, green spaces contribute to health. But with more than half of the world’s population living in urban environments, many people may have few options for contact with nature. The report points out the importance of local green space and green exercise to improve the quality of life as well as

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Silicon Valley Perks

“Communal bicycles. Free food. Sleep pods. Unlimited vacation. Those Silicon Valley perks make headlines. But what’s more shocking are the basic perks that technology company employees enjoy that hardly anyone else in the U.S. gets.” Source: Only in Silicon Valley: 10 employee perks other U.S. workers don’t get    

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Disney’s RFID Wristbands

“A family of four can put MagicBands on after registering for the cloud-based service, then instead of digging through cash or (the unmaxed) credit cards, they can use their wrists to enter the park, buy lunch, and even unlock their hotel room. A skeptic would point out that such an interaction will disassociate people with

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