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Distinguished Fellow Spotlight

Michael Maxwell

Michael Maxwell

Michael Maxwell is a professor and the interim director of Nova Southeastern University’s Master of Real Estate Development Program at the H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Maxwell maintains an active real estate development and advisory firm focused on regenerative development in evolving urban markets. He holds a Master of Planning degree from the University of Virginia and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin. Maxwell’s interests and research are focused in the areas of emerging retail trends and urban revitalization and public/private partnerships. His professional activities encompass the NAIOP South Florida Board of Directors; ULI Florida/Caribbean District Council Executive Committee; ULI Inner City Council; Greater Miami Urban League; and founder of New Urban Development LLC, a not-for-profit affordable housing development company.

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Research Reports

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Workplace Innovation Today: The Coworking CenterSubmitted By: Andrea P. Foertsch, Founder, Disruptive Space; Principal, Melrose Real Estate Strategies; Visiting Lecturer, Baker Program in Real Estate, Cornell University

Picture an office filled with people. But imagine that — unlike a traditional office, where all of those people work for the same company — some of them are freelance writers, graphic designers, programmers and app developers; others are teleworkers; still others are in the process of forming startup companies or working for very small firms. The office may simply be a large room where people work at couches, tables and bench desks, or it may contain carrels, cubicles, private offices and even classrooms or auditoriums. What is this place? It is a coworking center.

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Research Revolutionizing Commercial Real Estate

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New Report Confirms Commercial Real Estate Development Industry Growing at Strongest Pace Since Economic Recovery Began

The commercial real estate development industry grew at the strongest pace in 2013 since the economic recovery began in 2011, according to an annual report on the state of the industry released today by the NAIOP Research Foundation.

New Report Shows U.S. Leading a Global Trend Toward a More Innovative, Independent Workplace

It may be too soon to wave goodbye to the cubicle, but a new trend towards a more open and innovative workplace is sweeping America and the globe. It is called “coworking,” where workers share the same roof but not necessarily the same boss.