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The Captured City

Rather than produce the smart city, it yields the captured city. The idea of the captured city requires an adversarial view of a city's inhabitants: When the enemy can be anywhere, the battlespace is everywhere; all places and people must be accounted for at all times. The captured city provides infinite possibilities for upgrades. The most insidious aspect of the captured city is how much of its militaristic power is
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3 Multipurpose Furniture Trends For Open Office Design

In open office layouts, furniture should be chosen not only for its pleasing aesthetics, but also for proper functionality. Successful open office interior design gives employees furniture choices that jive with different tasks and functions. At the 2019 IFMA World Workplace conference and expo in Phoenix, we noticed a variety of multipurpose furniture trends and products that cater to the open office environment, from adjustable furniture on wheels to decluttering
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Performance Contracting Helps Achieve Energy-Saving Upgrades

John Poggi, account executive at Johnson Controls, describes performance contracting as "a funding mechanism that allows administrators to implement facility improvements without a capital expense." Poggi explains how a performance contract is developed: The financial partner assesses the building, including infrastructure, systems and technologies already in place, and proposes a project that addresses the specific needs of the building. With it, organizations can conduct upgrades and pay for them through
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Digital Transformation In Action: Tracking The Growth Of Proptech

The outcome is the MIT Tech Tracker, a tool that scouts and tracks cutting-edge technologies in real estate and their progress from concept and invention to the PropTech marketplace and ultimately being taken for granted in our everyday lives. "The MIT Technology Tracker is a tool not dissimilar from the tried and tested Yahoo Finance Stock Tracker," explains Dr. Andrea Chegut, Director, MIT REIL. 'But, instead of tracking stock prices
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4 Future Workplace Trends Hr Should Understand For 2020 And Beyond

Here are future workplace trends that HR teams will contend with in 2020 and beyond. New job roles have been created in the last 10 years to use some of these creative skills, such as "Director of employee experience" and "Director of financial wellness," to catch up with these future workplace trends. Sixty-four percent of employers report a skills gap, up from 52% in 2018, according to research by Wiley
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Brand And Culture: Why You Can’T Do One Without The Other

Like the proverbial chicken and egg, brand and culture are inseparable and must lead to each other. In fairness, they were so idealized it would have been tough for any culture to measure up, but they faced the unique problem of a near-toxic culture on the inside of a glimmering brand. Brand and culture are inextricably linked-and each should enhance the other-and the relationship between brand and culture is a
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Salesforce Embodies Its Ohana Throughout Its San Francisco Hq

Salesforce embodies its Ohana throughout its San Francisco headquarters upon opening up its Salesforce Tower to the community. All existing Salesforce headquarters, from all parts of the world, were analyzed to find the Ohana that lied within it. Today, along with the official grand opening of its Salesforce Tower in May 2019, Salesforce San Francisco is now a home for not only its employees, but its customers, partners, and community.
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What Is The Building Internet Of Things?

Here's how to evaluate Building Internet of Things devices and systems to determine how they'll fit in your existing building automation system. For facility managers, smart technology options are everywhere, from more sophisticated and powerful building automation systems, to specific pieces of equipment like rooftop units or meters with built-in intelligence, to a new generation of Building Internet of Things devices and systems. To get the benefits of B-IoT technology,
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How Technology Is Disrupting Facilities Management

Facility managers must remain agile and flexible to respond to changing technology. The reality is more complex, and the example highlights the challenges that facility managers face responding to the forces of change that are disrupting facilities. Using the Apple Watch to monitor heart rhythms should actually increase the use of health care facilities: If an irregular pulse is detected, the next step is to go see your cardiologist or
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The Four Most Common Team Development Mistakes, And What To Do About Them

In the article "Stop Team-Building-Start Better Teamwork," I describe that team building is like dieting as it often results in a yo-yo effect of highs and lows when the team doesn't stick to the prescribed "Diet." Like failed diets, teams can experience even lower morale following a team-building session when they discover that the session didn't produce the changes they expected, not to mention the waste of time, resources and