Step into my office…

70% more employees are teleworking since the pandemic began which is resulting in large empty office spaces. As corporate leases expire or are exited what should we do with the empty space? Here’s three thoughts on ways we can turn this institutional shift into a cultural boom

Upgraded space for schools

Many of today’s school building are either aging or have been renovated so many times that you can’t tell what’s new or old. This is especially true for many schools in urban settings where the land is at a premium. Office building often already have huddle spaces and conferences rooms that would allow for more intimate small group instruction. They also have a significant networking infrastructure to allow for remote learning. The cubicle farms of yesterday are very easily converted to individual student desks with privacy to work on their activities and still open enough to have supervision.

The new farm and farmers market

Farmers markets are often a seasonal thing because of weather but if you wandered around a open space that had stalls for local vendors and farmers but were protected from the elements there is no longer a weather restriction. Having a place to sell goods only works though if you have items to sell and high rise office buildings have more than adequate size and structure to support more urban farming techniques. Utilize the existing large power supplies or add more alternative energy and lighting can be added along with irrigation. Indoor farming isn’t new but could have a new rake in office buildings.

Affordable housing for all

This one is really up to the same developers that chose to build for businesses because that’s where the revenue was. Now they have empty buildings that could be converted without too much work into multi family housing. This wouldn’t work for every space but office centric spaces could easily be converted to dormitory style living. The addition of more bathing space is one of the few additions really needed.

Combine them all

If you took all of these concepts with a single high rise office building you now ha e places to work (farms or good creation), places to learn and places to live all just riding an elevator or taking the stairs. Clearly a shangri-la but we are at an inflection point that we can reinvent the world we live in so why not…

Smart Cities: The Next Frontier of Data Management

It is projected that by 2050 over 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Similar projections show a 25% increase in total population to reach almost 9.9 Billion meaning that almost 7 Billion people will live in urban areas in the next 30 years. As these urban areas grow so will the infrastructure systems that are needed to support them. These modern systems are often part of a grander smart city initiative, collecting everything from traffic data to water usage.

smart city is an urban area that uses different types of electronic methods and sensors to collect data. Insights gained from that data are used to manage assets, resources and services efficiently; in return, that data is used to improve the operations across the city.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smart_city
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Smart cities merge technological and social aspects of urban life while attempting to make the environment safer and more enjoyable for everyone that lives there, but the question is how….

Imagine if the heavily trafficked thoroughfare through your city was able to monitor what cars were driving on it, what the weather conditions were like, and even monitor bicycle usage. You could use this data to determine if new bike lanes were needed to reduce traffic congestion and if they should be temporary to account for winter months. As a business you could get demographic data on drivers and determine if your local shop is servicing the right clientele.

All of this is a result of the data points that are collected. This data is going to continue to grow and impact the global data sprawl. It is projected that we will have 175 terrabytes of data by 2025 growing at a 61% CAGR. If we use the same growth rate out to 2050 we will have 27,000,000 terrabytes of data in 2050.

With exponential data growth, Smart Cities are just one of the area that need to be addressed to reduce data management and storage costs. How do we address it? Well that remains to be seen, but option like data tiering and archival will play a large role along with tried and true technologies like deduplication and compression.

New Year..Same Problems

A New Year Calls for New Year’s Resolutions

Now, how about those New Year’s resolutions? A new decade, a new… you?

New Year’s Eve and the start of a new year, let alone decade, is always a great time to set yourself some goals. Whether these are personal, professional, or fitness goals is up to you. However, being a health club, we’re going to dig a little deeper into those fitness goals.

Let’s have a look at some common and achievable fitness goals to get your year off to the right start. Also, let’s look at some great tips to keep those fitness goals going past January…

Resolution 1: Maintain an Active Lifestyle

When it comes to New Year’s Resolutions to keep fit, you don’t need to set yourself a goal of running a marathon by the end of 2020. If you set yourself a goal that, realistically, you will be unable to achieve, you are only setting yourself up for failure. This is a terrible way to start off your year and your fitness level may actually suffer as a result! Check out the latest info about revitaa pro.

Instead, focus on small but achievable fitness goals that will still mark a positive change. As we said above, a very important part of staying in shape is maintaining an active lifestyle.

What does this entail?

It is commonly recommended to ensure you are working up a sweat at least 15 minutes every day to keep your organs and body happy and healthy.

A gym session is a great way of doing this, but for those who worry about the time commitments of joining a gym, remember that an active lifestyle involves making small, everyday changes to your daily pattern.

For instance, take the stairs instead of the lift or escalator. Even if this means only one flight of stairs at the station, it will make a difference as it keeps you moving on a regular basis.

Also, make the most of today’s tech to make sure you are getting in your 10,000 daily steps. Most smart watches and phones have options to remind you every hour to get up and walk around. Or, get off your bus a stop early and walk the rest of the way. Use ten minutes of your lunchbreak for a walk. Choose the parking space the furthest away from your building. There are so many ways to change up your lifestyle!

Staying active is key, especially as so many of us spend the day sitting down at desks. Get those steps in!

Resolution 2: Try Out a New Activity and Stick to It

When it comes to setting personal fitness goals, everyone is different. Not only are we all at different stages of our fitness journeys, we are also interested in completely different things. Meaning, we set ourselves wildly different goals.

So, it can be redundant to write a blog about fitness resolutions and direct it to a large group of, probably, very different people.

Moreover, unless you have set yourself a very specific fitness challenge or joined a group challenge, ordinary fitness resolutions can become mundane and hard to commit to.

So let’s mix it up! A new year is always a great time to try something new.

Beckwith Health Club is on hand to help. Take a look at our packed class schedule and find a class that’s a bit different to your usual workout.

Maybe it’s something you’ve always wanted to have a go at, but never been confident enough to try. Or, it’s a class you’ve been interested in but not sure you’ve been suited to. Or perhaps it’s just something you’ve never heard of!

Either way, choose a new activity. It could be spin, Zumba, trampoline, circuits, and everything in between. Now, stick to it!

The beauty of starting something new is you’re not holding yourself to any previous expectations. Enjoy the learning experience, and use the new activity to prevent yourself from getting bored with your routine!

Resolution 3: Stretch It Out!

There are many components to fitness: workouts, diet, mentality, and also, stretching!

Stretching is something absolutely essential to any fitness journey, workout, and isolated exercise. Whether done alone, in the form of yoga, pilates, or simple morning stretches, or as part of a warm up and cool down routine, stretching is a must of any activity.

When done as part of a warm up or cool down activity, stretching increases the benefits of the exercise and helps to prevent injury before, during, and after a workout.

However, even a daily, ten-minute stretch can have massive benefits once it becomes a part of your daily routine. In terms of preventing injuries resulting from daily life (such as lifting a heavy bag, running for a bus, or even the strain from sitting down all day), a daily stretch will keep your body in tip-top shape.

5. People break things

I mentioned backups but it’s not just cybercrime that makes backups necessary. Users delete files and people corrupt systems, sadly it happens so make sure to take the time to look at a full business continuity and disaster recovery plan for this year. Yes they are two different things but that’s an article for another time.

These may be common problems but 2021 promises to have lots of positives as well and let’s hope it’s even more than last year!

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