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March 28, 2014

Each week, I select a few articles that rise above the fray and hopefully help you on your journey in the CRE world. I welcome your comments on these articles and the submissions of others (with credit to you if I post them).

Why The Best Offices Are Like Jails 
Numerous anthropological studies show that group size—the number of individuals who live or work together—is key to peaceful collaboration in all kinds of environments. The ideal group size for forming bonds of trust is around six to eight people. I have to add…just remember you have the right to remain silent!

Ten Skyline Changing Buildings Under Construction This Year
U.S. cities are getting taller this year, thanks to a handful of new construction projects across the country. The recession put dozens of major commercial and residential projects on hold, but with the economy coming back to life developers are eager to jump back on the building bandwagon.

Google Ditches Cubes
Architect Clive Wilkinson convinces Google that cubes are bad for business. “Cubicles are the works – like chicken farming” says Wilkinson. “They are humiliating, disenfranchising and isolating.”

The Daily Routines of Geniuses
A interesting article by Sarah Green: “I began to notice several common elements in the lives of the healthier geniuses (the ones who relied more on discipline than on, say, booze and Benzedrine) that allowed them to pursue the luxury of a productivity-enhancing routine.” “I became convinced that for these geniuses, a routine was more than a luxury — it was essential to their work.”

How Fast Can You Read This?
People read more than ever on mobile devices and usually in 10-minute bursts, according to research by e-reading subscription services. To tap into this, there’s a revival in traditional speed-reading classes as well as new apps that promise to make reading on a small screen easier.

To your success, Ken