Category Archives for "Urban Economics"

Nov 28

How to build an adaptive organization

By Bruce Firestone | Business Coaching , Business Models , Urban Economics

I’ve just finished reading Ron Wiens’ excellent book, Building Organizations: that Leap Tall Buildings in a Single Bound, 2012. If I understood it correctly, the role of a leader is to build an organization that (eventually) won’t need him or her to function effectively. You can do this, according to Ron, by building, EI, emotional intelligence, RI, relationship […]

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Nov 20

The Pit

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Design , Investing , Real Estate , Urban Economics

The Pit If you want your building interiors to be highly animated and increase collisionable hours, you could do (a lot) worse than copy the Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism’s “pit” on the main floor of their building on Carleton University’s campus… What’s it used for? -speeches -parties -presentations -charettes -teaching -gatherings -random meetings/collisions -concerts […]

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Nov 20

Parking Nazis

By Bruce Firestone | Architecture , Real Estate , Urban Economics

Years ago when I was teaching at Carleton University’s Azrieli School of Architecture & Urbanism (a 14-year sentence), I was on campus walking to my office one beautiful early-fall day when I saw dozens of vans parked along a main road. From these behemoths, hundreds of excited freshmen and their parents scurried across the road […]

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