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The Most Effective Way to Keep Star Employees From Leaving

For starters, let's look at what the best companies on the planet do.<p>Gallup has been tracking employee engagement over the past 17 years, and its research reveals that roughly 30 percent of U.S. workers are considered "engaged" in their jobs.<p>Translation: They are inspired by, involved in, …

Employee Engagement

Architect Turns Old Cement Factory Into the Most Stunning Home

The interior is just so lovely.<p>Even though people say it's what's on the inside that matters, this abandoned WWI-era cement factory started out as a serious eyesore all around. The outside was harsh and worn, while the inside looked like, well, a factory. But one architect with a goal to transform …

10 White Houses, 4 Arcs de Triomphe, 2 Sphinxes ... Now China’s Tower Bridge Attracts Scorn

BEIJING — China has at least 10 White Houses, four Arcs de Triomphe, a couple of Great Sphinxes and at least one Eiffel Tower.<p>Now a version of London’s Tower Bridge in the eastern Chinese city of Suzhou has rekindled a debate over China’s rush to copy foreign landmarks, as the country rethinks …

Singapore designed what could be the world's best bus stop, with swings, books, and a rooftop garden

The bus stop, first spotted by Citylab, features swings, books, a rooftop garden, bicycle parking, phone chargers, artwork by local illustrator Lee Xin Li, and ample seating. To create the bus stop, located in Jurong, an area in southwest Singapore, the architects collaborated with a number of …

Transportation

UNStudio Wins Competition for Landmark Mixed-Use Development in Frankfurt

UNStudio has been selected as the winners of an international competition to design a new mixed-use development on the site of the former Deutsche …

Aegean Concrete: 8 Greek Homes Rethinking the Vernacular

Greek architecture is born from context. Grounded in a legacy of order and proportion, modern Greek projects form new spatial approaches amidst current socio-economic conditions. Novel ideas on environment, view and form have emerged to reinterpret history and express modernity. Illustrating this …

As my son approaches his final exams, I'll share my advice: chill out about the marks!

The final year of high school has begun for my son. Formerly innocuous events – a mobile ringing, a barking dog – are all triggers for a nuclear explosion<p>I have a son in year 12 who is preparing for his final year exams. Let me pause my typing for a moment to take a deep breath, which I seem to …

Boston’s downtown municipal harbor plan gets green-light

Could mean 600-foot tower<p>The Boston Planning & Development Agency signed off March 2 on a rezoning of 42 acres of waterfront in downtown Boston, including 22 acres of filled tidelands.<p>The decision clears the way for one of Boston’s tallest buildings at the site of the Boston Harbor Garage. …

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution

Stefano Boeri, the architect famous for his plant-covered skyscrapers, has designs to create entire new green settlements in a nation plagued by dirty air<p>When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a …

Sunset Park will become home to a sprawling hub for NYC's fashion industry

This new hub will also have space for the city’s burgeoning film and television industry<p>As New York City’s garment industry continues to lose its stronghold in the Garment District in Midtown Manhattan, due to rising rents, the city has now proposed a solution: a massive new location in Sunset …

Astronomers discover 60 new worlds, find 'super Earth'

An international team of astronomers has found 60 new planets orbiting stars close to Earth’s solar system, including a rocky “super Earth.”<p>The experts also found evidence of an additional 54 planets, bringing the potential discovery of new worlds to 114.<p>One planet in particular, Gliese 411b, has …

Universe

Rolling green 'ribbons' proposed for new urban park in downtown LA

Anyone who has been to Los Angeles knows the city could use more green space, and now it seems Brooks + Scarpa agrees. The urban design firm has …

Urban Design

Renovated Vietnamese home 'sewn' together with intricate steel threads

Although most people probably wouldn’t like the idea of sewing their house together, Vietnam’s Block Architects have renovated a beautiful house …

Architecture

Seven more LA streets will be treated to ‘Great Streets’ makeovers

Improvements are coming to streets in East Hollywood, Watts, Park Mesa Heights, and more<p>Since it’s introduction in 2013, LA’s Great Streets Program has reinvigorated thoroughfares with the addition of such pedestrian friendly features as plazas, art, and safer crosswalks.<p>The streets and commercial …

If Your Employees Act Like They Don't Care, You Might Be Doing These 11 Things Wrong

A careless leader can wreak havoc on a company and send the best people packing. To keep your employees in the fight, stop waving these red flags.<p>I came across this quote today: "People come for great vision and leave for poor leadership."<p>It made me think of all the times when I've stepped into a …

Leadership

China's first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing

Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, China with the Nanjing Towers. The two green towers …

Skyscrapers

‘Architecture does not teach us what the sacred is, but it may touch it and draw others to it’

An intimation of the sacred can suddenly appear in a cluster of words, in the angle of a doorframe, or in the play of light on an altar. Architecture …

Artists

Why Google, Twitter, And LinkedIn Employees Are Kicking These Seven Work Habits

We asked insiders at some of the top tech companies which bad habits they’re trying to cut out of their workdays. Here’s what they said.<p>By this time in January, some of that initial excitement around New Year’s resolutions may be starting to fade. Here we are, just a week away from the whateverness …

We are destroying rainforests so quickly they may be gone in 100 years

At current rates of deforestation, rainforests will vanish altogether in a century. Stopping climate change will remain an elusive goal unless poor nations are helped to preserve them<p>If you want to see the world’s climate changing, fly over a tropical country. Thirty years ago, a wide belt of …

9 Things Passionate People Do Differently

Do you have enough passion in your life? Passion is the difference between playing the piano and being a pianist; it's who you are, not just what you do. Passion makes you leap out of bed in the morning, eager to start your day.<p>Dr. Robert Vallerand at the University of Quebec has studied passion …

How to Say 'No' at Work (Infographic)

Don't let this two-letter word scare you.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Whether you’re trying to impress your boss or you fear you’ll let someone down, saying “no” at work can be hard. But it shouldn’t be.<p>Too often, people burn themselves out by agreeing to take on …

Infographics

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

These days it seems like most people have too much on their plate. Everyone complains about feeling overworked. So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while …

10 must-read biographies of brightest entrepreneurs

Share26<p>Tweet<p>Share34<p>+11<p>Shares 61<p>Books are a terrific source of inspiration, a distillation of years of wisdom, a constant friend, a flight of the …

Howard Schultz

Introducing 'Year 2050,' Our Guide to Surviving the Next 33 Years of Climate Change

How much will our world change after three decades of rising temperatures?<p>We don't know what the world will look like 33 years from now. By then the Trump era, uncertain as it may seem from our vantage point, will become the stuff of history textbooks—or more likely, of history VR experiences. No …

Climate Change

Amazing Japanese Architecture That Makes Us Rethink Everything

Japan is the land of the unusual, quirky and revolutionary, a place where you pretty much expect anything, including extraordinary architecture that …

Amazing

If colleges keep killing academic freedom, civilization will die, too

<i>José A. Cabranes, a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, was Yale University’s first general counsel and later served as a trustee of Colgate, Yale and Columbia universities.</i><p>Sixty years ago, Chief Justice Earl Warren warned our nation that we had a choice. Either “teachers and …

Higher Education

10 Success lessons from JK Rowling – “Billionaire Author” for entrepreneurs

Share58<p>Tweet<p>Share40<p>+15<p>Shares 103<p>British author JK Rowling wrote the first Potter books while a single mother living on welfare. Written on a manual …

Motivation

Top Design Cities of 2016 - SURFACE

Travel<p>This year, we looked at 10 places being transformed by new architectural projects and public spaces. Here is our guide to 2016's top design …

Advocates: Street redesign approach needs an overhaul

New York City should be taking a more holistic approach to redesigning its streets under the Vision Zero transportation safety plan, according to a …

Science Hasn't Figured Out How to Build the Perfect City Yet

And that's a problem, according to British physicist Laurie Winkless.<p>The revolution will not be televised. It'll be sent to your inbox by us.<p>In the …