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Elise Shapiro
Elise Shapiro
Elise Shapiro is a contributing editor. Little did she know that her first job, in the facilities department at Ralston Purina, while obtaining her M. Arch at Washington University, in St. Louis would foreshadow where her career would lead. She has always been a strong advocate for providing the best possible spaces for people to work – where aesthetics meet function and drive business success.

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

The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, which opened in 1930, is sometimes called the country’s first groundscraper. Credit: Raymond Boyd/Getty Images
  • Groundscrapers have been considered less desirable than taller buildings, but their ability to house an entire company on a single floor has made them more desirable in the pandemic, says the New York Times.
  • Business Facilities reports that workers should not expect to return to the workplace by year’s end.
  • How has the pandemic changed landlord/tenant relationships? Bisnow investigates.
  • The Financial Times shares how better design will improve the spaces where we work and live.
  • Is the pandemic really the death of the traditional HQ? GeekWire explains.
  • The Australian Financial Review reports that Dropbox is retiring the 9am to 5pm workday and will use its offices solely for collaboration and teamwork as it moves to become a virtual-first company where staff will work from home permanently.
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