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Entries in Commercial Office Buildings (20)

Thursday
Jan162014

Life is Urban Again

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Cities are cool. I find myself increasingly fascinated with how attractive city living is for so many new urban dwellers and how cities try to keep pace with re-urbanization and to the push to become more “livable.” With re-urbanization in full swing, the growth of a globally connected workforce, and the proliferation of mobility tools that allow living and working to happen anywhere and any time, we have some choices to make.

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Monday
Jan132014

Modernity Vs. Hierarchy: China’s Evolving Commercial Office Building Market

Chinese commercial office buildings communicate power and corporate culture. They uphold traditional business hierarchies and segregate the executive class from everyday knowledge works. Image © Gensler

When considering the future of commercial office buildings in China, it’s critical to remember how new the industry is compared with that of the Western world.

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Monday
Jan062014

From High Rises to Hip Neighborhoods: LA’s Shifting Commercial Real Estate Market

This Class A office building (right) and five story empty warehouse (left) both sold for similar prices per square foot in 2013.

Over the course of the past year, the Los Angeles real estate market has shifted. Recent trends reveal that prime commercial real estate markets in the city are in competition with non-traditional neighborhoods, many of which are attracting start-ups with a unique formula of lifestyle oriented amenities. The sales of the U.S. Bank Tower, located on Bunker Hill in central downtown, and The Desmond Building, only five blocks to the south, clearly illustrate this shift in the market.

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Wednesday
Oct302013

Daiichi Properties Helps Boost Philippines’ Real Estate Boom

World Plaza , a 27-storey office building, is conveniently located at one of the country’s premier business districts—Bonifacio Global City (BGC). Image © Gensler

The Philippines’ investment grade improvements turned the country into a viable investment site for foreign investors, its status affirmed by credit ratings firms such as Standard & Poor’s that dubbed the country as Southeast Asia’s economic leader. Recently, Moody’s Investors Service has also upgraded the Philippines’ rating to “investment grade” and has also revised its outlook for the country’s debt rating to positive which indicates the possibility of another upgrade in the next 12 months. The real estate boom happening all over Metro Manila and in other key cities nationwide is just one of the many indicators that the country’s strong economic performance will continue.

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Friday
Oct252013

SIU Announces New Transportation Education Center

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Ever wonder what putting a collection of aviation techs, group of high flying air jockeys and a collection of automotive gear heads together under one roof may inspire? Mix in a healthy collection of green strategies, innovative planning, and a creative design solution and you end up with a high tech instructional facility worthy of housing three distinct university programs, which are collectively working together towards the advancement of transportation, whether on the ground or in the air. Now place that facility within an overall remote site consisting of an aviation test cell building, an adjacent runway for the air jocks to take off from and an automotive storage center large enough to corral a healthy supply of four wheeled toys, and you have Southern Illinois University’s latest project; - the Transportation Education Center, (TEC).

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