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Outsourcing Cities, Coffee Offices, Reviving WeWork, and Shorting Campuses

1. An Office is not a Coffeeshop. On Wednesday, Antony Slumbers and I joined The Real Deal's Hiten Samtani to discuss the future of offices. Hiten brought up a suggestion made by Steven Roth, the Chairman of one of the world's largest office REITs, in his annual shareholders letter: It

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Google Goes, Airbnb Cuts, WeWork Fights, and Common Grows

I hope you and your family are well. We are still waiting for spring to officially begin here in New York. April was cold and wet. May is a mixed bag so far, with a couple of beautiful days, but a lot of clouds and strong winds. Whatever happens with

Google Goes, Airbnb Cuts, WeWork Fights, and Common Grows
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Clean Malls, Spacious WeWorks,Empty Schools, and Unsustainable Cities

1. Are you ready for Post-Pandemic Posturing? Parts of the world are easing their lockdown, and corporations are trying to figure out how to get people to come out and spend. Simon Property Group, one of the world's largest owners of retail space, is reopening 49 of its malls and

Clean Malls,  Spacious WeWorks,Empty Schools, and Unsustainable Cities
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Unbundling Cities, Extending Airbnb, Disrupting Kitchens, and Building Startups

This week's newsletter looks at the Great Covid Survey, Unbundling the City, Cleaning up Airbnb, The future of CloudKitchens, Blue Ocean Strategy, Urban Employment, the Future of Cities, and Venture Capital's shift from pure software to hard assets.

Unbundling Cities, Extending Airbnb, Disrupting Kitchens, and Building Startups
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Healthy Travel, Virtual Friends, Empty Offices, and Zoom Goats

I hope you and your family are well. We just concluded Passover 2020, in exile in the suburbs, waiting for Pharaoh to let us go back to Brooklyn. The thing is, we're not sure we want to go home. We're enjoying the time away from the city. Here are the

Healthy Travel, Virtual Friends, Empty Offices, and Zoom Goats
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Amazon Masks, Airbnb Bailouts, Autonomous Virus, Moon Walls, and Google Errors

Below are the eight most interesting things I've seen this week, at the intersection of the physical and digital worlds. 1. I'm from Amazon and I'm here to help. The Canadian Government signed an agreement with Amazon to distribute critical medical supplies across the country. Over in the U.S.

Amazon Masks, Airbnb Bailouts, Autonomous Virus, Moon Walls, and Google Errors
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WeWork Billions, Zoom Bombings, Amazon Spouses, and Phone Weddings

On Tuesday, I gave a guest lecture — via Zoom — at the University of Colorado about financing innovative real estate products. This was a great opportunity to test some of the material Antony Slumbers and I are preparing for our Future-Proof Office Course. If you are designing, building, marketing, or operating

WeWork Billions, Zoom Bombings, Amazon Spouses, and Phone Weddings
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Pant-less Office, Acoustic Homes, Airbnb Glut, and Bacterial Construction

I hope you are well and staying productive during these strange times. Earlier this week, I led a live discussion with Antony Slumbers, Susan Freeman, Elie Finegold, and Ronen Journo about the impact of coronavirus on cities and buildings. About 640 people registered for the virtual event, with nearly 500

Pant-less Office, Acoustic Homes, Airbnb Glut, and Bacterial Construction