Things We Learned in 2018

2018 gave us the Winter Olympics, a royal wedding, yanny vs. laurel, and so much more. Closer to home, we learned a lot as well, like how to scale a company to 2.5 x headcount, how to expand internationally, and that old school buses really hold their value. Here are some of our biggest takeaways from the year.

1. Curiosity about flexible office space is rapidly growing

We produced a serious primer on the benefits of flexible space, complete with case studies and industry trends you need to know.

White Paper: Agile Real Estate 101

2. Soundscaping is a thing

Landscaping is to the eyes what soundscaping is to the ears, and it can help you work better.

Is Soundscaping the Cure to Open Office Noise?

3. There are a lot of big ideas about the future of office space

The times they are a’changing, and everyone has their predictions.

What Does the Future of Office Space Look Like? Ask the Experts

4. There is a literal cow tunnel under 34th street

Is this where they got the idea for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?

Mad About Midtown: An Accountant Steaks Out Midtown West's Moo-ving History

5. It’s really hard to rent office space in Munich

And Berlin, and Paris — zut!

Expanding to Europe? Beware the Top Three Toughest Rental Markets

6. Skyscrapers will soon be built in factories

Imagine the flat-pack instructions for assembling one of those.

Will Tomorrow’s Office Be Built… In a Factory?

7. Voting is really important

Ok, we already knew that, but talking to Suraj Patel really brought it home.

Why Your Vote Matters — A Conversation with Suraj Patel

8. People are wearing horse blinders to work

Apparently this equine accoutrement is Panasonic’s answer to distracting environments. We have some better ideas.

Blinders for Humans (Or How We Learned to Stop Worrying About the Open Office)