🏱 This office building was designed to last 500 years

When the Portland-based company PAE Engineers set out to co-develop and build its own office building, sustainability was top of mind. As experts in designing systems that allow buildings to reduce their energy use and harvest their own water, the company wanted its new office to show off. They wanted on-site energy production, in-house waste treatment, and all the latest building systems to cut electricity use and carbon dioxide. But being located in the Cascadia Subduction Zone, the threat of a big earthquake meant that even with all these sustainability features one large seismic event could bring it all down.To make sure the sustainability features they were designing would last, the building's design was revised. Now open, the office building is expected to be able to stand for 500 years. Read my story to see how longevity was designed into this building, and how others can follow its lead.
—Nate Berg
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This office building was designed to last 500 years

And it didn’t break the bank.

leadership now
You don’t need to get in someone’s face. Here are 5 other ways to manage conflict and create change

An anthropologist explains how a strategically-positioned individual, moving with empathy, can passively create organizational change without bringing the conflict to a pitch. 

Social media
How the product manager who went viral on TikTok schooled a bunch of tech bro trolls

After posting a poolside job explainer on her TikTok account, Darby Maloney faced the brunt of internet insults—many of which came from tech workers. Here’s how she responded.

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A social work researcher explains why apps are turning people on to therapy

While there are questions persist about how apps are regulated, there’s no denying that therapists are interacting with people who may never have considered therapy before.

video games
3 years ago Notre-Dame caught on fire. This video game lets you fight to save it

A detailed architectural model of the building—originally made for another video game—has players working to save the burning cathedral.

mindfulness at work
Try this hack for being present even when you need to check your phone

Juliet Funt points out that the people around us crave our support, our thoughts, our talents, and our energy. But our presence matters most. Here’s how not to ‘disappear’ when you’re with others.

Building truly accessible digital products goes way beyond your limited checklist

Just because your website checks all the ADA compliance boxes doesn’t mean it’s inclusive for people with visual limitations and other disabilities.

70 well-designed Father’s Day gifts for every type of dad

Father’s Day is fast approaching. Here are Fast Company’s picks of the most delightful gifts you can find, from a sampling of grill-friendly spices to a ready-for-anything smart speaker.

Crypto layoffs loom: What you need to know
Layoff announcements at crypto-focused firms are piling up this week in the wake of a crash that has seen the value of major cryptocurrencies tumble significantly over the last few days.
Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said in a blog post Tuesday that the company will cut about 18% of its workforce. According to its website, the company has about 4,900 employees, meaning almost 900 could be affected.
Armstrong cited economic conditions and the possibility of another “crypto winter” among the reasons for the cuts. He also said, “We grew too quickly.”
According to Reuters, the value of the cryptocurrency market dipped below $1 trillion for the first time since early 2021 on Monday. That’s compared to a peak of about $2.9 trillion at the end of last year.
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How You Can Restore an Economy By Saving A Coral Reef
In this episode, Fast Company’s Talib Visram spoke with James Robinson, a research fellow at Lancaster University in the U.K., and Sam Teicher, the cofounder of Coral Vita, about their efforts to not only restore coral that’s been lost but also help support local economies that rely on coral reefs.
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