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PUBLIC ART. New York City's most important new piece of public art was unveiled Wednesday morning, "Vessel" by controversial British artist Thomas Heatherwick. 15 stories / 600 tons / 2,500 climbable steps / 80 viewing platforms. $150 million. Phew.

SELF DRIVING CARS.
The future is now in Pittsburgh. This is going large sooner than you think. Bet on the suburbs. I know, I know...but really.

WORKPLACE. When I speak to clients about workplace strategy I often use Hines's T3 building in Minneapolis as an example of how developers are trying to deliver authenticity, sustainability, and structural excellence. If you've followed this newsletter you know that Millennials love authenticity and sustainability, and of course 
companies prioritize the latest infrastructure. And now a new 40 story wood frame residential building is planned for Stockholm. N.B. the wooden Temple of the Flourishing Law in Japan has lasted 1,400 years.

RETAIL. Welp, this was only a matter of time. And of course the first is in Greenwich, CT.

URBANISM.
Atlanta is developing the BeltLine, a walking and biking loop built on an old railway. From my travels I've noticed that the business community in Atlanta has one of the greatest spirits of community in the United States. Unfortunately the NY Times denigrated this project as a "glorified sidewalk", but I'm excited to see how it turns out. Not everything can be the High Line.

BREXIT. OK, so even if banks want to leave London
where will they find the office space?

BROKERAGE TALENT.
An interesting study about investment portfolio managers that I think has relevance for identifying young brokerage talent. Related, psychologists are recognizing the importance of resilience for success. These are important articles to read if you're interested in identifying and nurturing junior talent.

SUPPLY CHAIN. Pop quiz.
Amazon has a warehouse within 20 miles of what percent of the US population?

NEW MUSEUM. The National Museum of African American History & Culture is about to open in Washington, DC. I can't wait! The building is evocative and the mission is important. Here is an article about the opening written by my good friend Tanya Ballard of NPR.

MOMENT OF ZEN. It's Autumn.
When and where to leaf peep. New Hampshire looks amazing!

JEFF LESSARD
Location Strategy | Master Planning | Workplace Strategy | Retail Strategy

Senior Managing Director
Cushman & Wakefield Strategic Consulting
Mobile: +1 603 921 0102

jeffrey.lessard@cushwake.com

 
 
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