The New Mall Tenant Is Your Office, and Other Industry News

Our weekly round up of workplace news from around the web.

Mall owner Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield has a partnership with WeWork for co-working spaces at Fulton Center in Manhattan. Image courtesy of NYT. 
  • As retailers close, reports the New York Times, developers are converting the space into offices to bring in stable rent and generate foot traffic for remaining stores.
  • Ten years ago, it was enough to have something, anything, a check-the-box amenity like a fitness center. Today, says Curbed, landlords are looking at amenities with much more interest than they did before.
  • Fast Company interviews Kristy Tillman, Slack’s head of workplace experience design, on how she is thinking about how people at Slack work. Find out what she thinks about open floor plans.
  • Thrive Global asks: Did you ever consider how the view from your desk, and your workspace surroundings impact your mood and productivity? Check out this colorful office transformation!
  • How is the rise of artificial intelligence and chat bots affecting the modern workplace? RingCentral explains.
  • Sponsored Industry Announcement:
    Peter Buffington has joined SmithGroup as a design principal at the firm’s San Francisco office. Possessing 30 years of experience, Peter has extensive expertise in the planning, design and management of large-scale core-and-shell developments, commercial and administration buildings, and cultural facilities. In his new role, he will be responsible for the continued growth and development of a highly-experienced team of architectural design professionals for office buildings, corporate campuses, and workplace environments.
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