Annotated Bibliography: WeWork/Wonder Bread Factory Build Environment Description

Bort, Julie. “39 Ways the American Workforce Is Dramatically Changing in 2015.” Business Insider, Business Insider, 04 June 2015, Accessed 03 Dec. 2016.

This source focuses on the changing work force, but mostly on millennials and how they are not what some people may perceive them to be. Like another article I have, this one continues to mention how there are different skills jobs are looking for than in the past. People are looking more for more critical thinking and leadership skills rather than “unskilled jobs.” It also mentions how there are more workers in cities than ever before. However, what I mostly chose this article for is how they analyze millennials. This source provides data about millennials being the biggest population of workers starting this year, how they have different priorities than older workers, and they believe they can start their own company if their job does not work out. This information is crucial to my project.

I plan to use this source as an exhibit. The data perfectly represents the WeWork population and how the CEOs attract millennials because they have the model that millennials desire. Also, this data can help me make the argument that millennials are not what some people perceive them as. This data corresponds perfectly with my specific stories about the company and the WeWork website itself being perceived as modern and “hip.”

Brown, Anna. “Key Findings about the American Workforce and the Changing Job Market.” Pew Research Center, Pew Research, 06 Oct. 2016, Accessed 03 Dec. 2016.

This article analyzes the job market and how the skills companies look for and require

changing. Businesses no longer desire low-skilled and good-making workers. They want people with solid social and critical thinking skills. Jobs are also looking for individuals with leadership abilities and a desire to challenge themselves. It also mentions how employment and wages have increased with these types of occupations as well.

This article is an exhibit and argument source. I will use it to showcase WeWork workers have these changing skills while the Wonder Bread Factory had the skills of the past workers. Additionally, I will form arguments about how the companies do or do not consider this data when they build their business models. My other sources have stories about Wonder Bread and WeWork, but this article deals with data and the overall job market which is exactly what I needed. I plan to combine these two types of sources together to build a strong argument and show readers how WeWork is ahead of the game compared to most companies.

Clabaugh, Jeff. “First Tenant for Wonder Bread Building.” Washington Business Journal, American City Business Journals, 20 June 2012, Accessed 05 Oct. 2016.

This source contains general and factual information about the building, and how Wonder Bread was the first to lease it after Douglas Development took ownership. It also provided additional information about the building’s past, and how the Dorsch’s White Cross Bakery were the initial owners. Additionally, the article mentions the size of the building and how they planned to construct and improve the interior.
Overall, this source can be used as exhibit and background information. When it comes to factual evidence, this source does an excellent job of providing numerical data and historical information about the building. It provides the reader with basic information they would need to know. Additionally, the source could be analyzed by the reader. Readers could question why there is not more information about the building’s past. They could question the worth of the building, or why the authors did not include more about The Wonder Bread Factory company as a whole. For the most part, this source would be mostly used as background, however there is availability for analysis.

IStrategyLabs. “The Wonder Bread Factory.” Douglas Development, Douglas Development, 2013, Accessed 05 Oct. 2016.

This article is focused on the history and planning of The Wonder Bread Factory, or previously, Hostess Cake. The article prioritizes more of Wonder Bread’s history than Hostess Cake, but it also mentions the building’s history. They state how the building was in very poor shape, and was completely abandoned and unusable. The construction team included additional floors, but wanted to maintain the character of the original building. Overall, the article could be more specific about the details of the Hostess Cake section of the building, but most buildings or developments do not have websites this focused on their history.

This source’s sole purpose is for background information. It does an excellent job of describing the history and planning process of the building over the years. Also, it gives a great overview that will be useful to look back to when reviewing other sources. I can double check that my new sources will be in the correct era, and that they correlate with the building’s construction. This source is not useful for making arguments or as evidence, but it is solid background information.

Konrad, Alex. “Inside The Phenomenal Rise Of WeWork.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 05 Nov. 2014, Accessed 03 Dec. 2016.

This article is about WeWork and how they have successfully become one of the most “modern” companies in the industry. It begins by mentioning the owners and how they stunned potential investors by showing their platform and how they are not just basic office spaces. While they are beautiful locations and workspaces, WeWork is much more than that. The article expands on this by describing how all of the workers use each other and their various businesses often end up needing each other. Most importantly, WeWork is refreshing, and unlike any business in the world.

This article will be used as an exhibit. I will mostly analyze what the author is saying about the WeWork workers and business model. I’ll also mention how it shocked people in the industry that have been there for decades because of how transformative the CEO’s and workers aspire to be. This source works well with the other sites I have about WeWork‘s atmosphere, and the articles about the Wonder Bread Factory in the past. I plan to compare and contrast the two environments, and this article is perfect evidence for that.

O’Connell, Jonathan. “Start-up Incubator WeWork Coming to Open in Wonder Bread Factory and Chinatown.” The Washington Post, WP Company, 17 Sept. 2013, Accessed 05 Oct. 2016.

This article is about WeWork, the building right next to the Wonder Bread Factory, moving in and leasing the neighborhood building. WeWork owns shared work spaces for various companies and they also own buildings in other major cities such as New York and Los Angeles. The article also mentions how WeWork struggled to find unique and interesting buildings in DC that were up to their standards. They also hope that their new locations in DC will increase small businesses in the city.
Overall, this article can be used as background and exhibit information. There is some background information about WeWork and their new locations. There is also some information about their style and building choices in the DC area. Additionally, WeWork described the DC buildings as dull and plain. While this can be used as background information, it can also be analyzed on how the DC area is architecturally. Also, WeWork chose the the neighboring building of my site due to its character and more interesting infrastructure. Both locations have almost identical structures which shows the beauty and uniqueness of my site compared to the rest of the city. This source is very useful for my built environment description both externally and internally because it shows how an outside company and perspective views my site.

Rhodes, Margaret. “WeWork’s Radical Plan to Remake Real Estate With Code.” Wired, Conde Nast, 18 Mar. 2016, Accessed 03 Dec. 2016.

While the other WeWork articles dealt with the workers and owners, this one is more focused on their model. It goes into great detail about the spaces and how they fit in with more modern designs. It also analyzes all of the amenities the company offers that they create with their desired clientele in mind. The key difference between this article and the others is that it goes in-depth on the code the company uses to test out their spaces. Every printer, phone, and desk they add is chosen specifically with the future in mind which is crucial information for my essay.

This article is an exhibit source. It provides evidence that the company considers the future and their clientele with every design and object they choose for the work spaces. Not only is this perfect for my essay, but it also works perfectly with the other sources. These three articles that specifically analyze WeWork all deal with varying components of the company. This one is crucial because it provides specific examples that show how the business does not randomly choose anything. They are revolutionary and use every skill possible to build and improve their overall model.

Rice, Andrew. “Is This the Office of the Future or a $5 Billion Waste of Space?”, Bloomberg, 21 May 2015, Accessed 03 Dec. 2016.

This source is another analysis of WeWork and how they have established their own spot in the business world. However, unlike the previous WeWork article this one also mentions the flaws of the business and where it could go poorly. This article also focuses more on the workers themselves and how they all feed off of eachother. Despite them all being different businesses, they still connect and use eachothers’ expertise and resources. Also, the source dives more into the CEO himself and how he took a risk by starting a completely new idea that could have completely failed in this market. Overall, this article goes very in depth on the company, its workers, and the creators.

This source will be used as argument and exhibit. It provides several examples of how the workers work off of each other and how the CEOs always thought of the future and the current skill market. It also mentions millennials and how the company focuses on attracting them. Furthermore, I was going to dispute the claims the author makes about WeWork‘s potential flaws and how they are unlikely due to the current job market. Once again, this source works perfectly with the data I have about the job market and millennials specifically.

Tatian, Peter, and Serena Lei. “Chapter 1: Demographics.” Washington, DC: Our Changing City, Urban Institute, Accessed 03 Dec. 2016.

This article is specifically about the shifting demographics in DC as a whole. It provides data that shows how the district has less black people, and more whites joining the city. Additionally, it provides an overview on how the city’s population is growing. There are more more millennials and less children moving in. Overall, the article is mostly data, but there is also good analysis and opinions for why there is a shift in population and demographics.

This source is a background and exhibit source. It provided me with basic information towards how DC overall is right now. Also, I can use it as evidence to showcase how S Street, or where the Wonder Bread/WeWork building is, is reflective of the district as a whole. With the US Census data that I have for my locations zip code, I can use both of these sources to show the connections.

WeWork. “Mission | WeWork.” WeWork, Accessed 21 Nov. 2016.

This source, the WeWork mission statements and website, told me exactly what the company was all about. The site is filled with beautiful pictures of their various WeWork locations and makes me want to work in one myself. More importantly, the several inspirational quotes are crucial to bringing the entire site and company together. When I first saw this site, I knew exactly who and what WeWork represents.

This source is used for background and exhibit. At first, it was mostly used for me to get more information about the company as a whole, and while it did achieve this, I was surprised by how much more this site provided me. It also showcases how modern the company aspires to be which relates to my overall argument. I plan on using the quotes from this site to format the site on my wordpress and the essay itself. This source also complements my other sources that describe WeWork‘s overall tone and it is the perfect addition to my project.

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