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There's been much in the press lately about the future of the office and what shape it will take in this post-GenY, post-recession, post-technology environment. The question that keeps recurring—as Boomers retire and HR folks turn to the next generation, as corporate space allocations continue to shrink and as digital devices free us from our office desks—is, what is the importance of place?

It was the topic of conversation for my keynote panel at the BOMA Every Building Conference in Seattle in June, and is treated in-depth here in Jennifer LeClaire's insightful feature, Brave New World—In Your Office. Indeed, all of these factors (probably the economy least, or at least most short-term, of all) present major changes on the way we work and the shape of where we work.

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