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Does Wellness Translate Across Culture? 

Differing cultural norms make it challenging to bring the wellness concepts taken as gospel in Western countries into Eastern countries like China. But that doesn't mean Chinese workers don't value wellness. Above: a yoga room at Gensler's Shanghai office. Image © Gensler

The word wellness can be loosely translated into Chinese as 养生 (yǎng shēng), which literally means “nurturing life.” It implies a very gentle, well-rounded approach to a wholesome lifestyle. It calls to mind a sexagenarian doing tai chi at dawn or sipping herbal tea in the afternoon.

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Cost Versus Value in Corporate Real Estate

Supplementing utilization data with activity data represents both the cost and value of corporate real estate. Image © Gensler

As more companies move from dedicated seating environments to free address or mobile arrangements, questions about space utilization and cost can quickly become a greater focus. But cost alone should not overshadow the value that the right space can provide occupants. Over the years Gensler has used a variety of technologies, methodologies, and analysis methods to inform real estate and workplace strategies from both a cost and value perspective. Along the way, we’ve developed best practices and guidelines for data capture and analysis that have been applied to workplaces around the world. Gensler recently presented on this topic at the IFMA World Workplace Conference in Denver, Colorado and will be sharing it as part of a three part blog series.

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Advanced Architectural Design and Visualization with NVIDIA Iray 

This rendering of NVIDIA’s new headquarters was produced using the company’s IRAY software. Rendering courtesy of Iray.

Visualization has been part of the architectural design process for as long as architects and designers have been putting pencil to tracing paper. And as building design has evolved, so have the tools used to create and render everything architects and designers conceive of. But they have not evolved in lockstep. Even now, the most advanced digital rendering software provides only an approximation of the look and feel of a space. Critical aspects of contemporary designs—for example accurately simulating how form, light, and materials will interact in a space—hasn’t been widely possible. Until now.

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Collaboration, Interaction and Connectivity at Illumina’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Headquarters

Illumina’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Headquarters will promote scientific innovation through better collaboration, interaction and connectivity. Rendering © Gensler

October 21, 2015 marks the groundbreaking of Illumina’s new European, Middle Eastern and Asian (EMEA) Headquarters at Granta Park in Cambridge. The new EMEA HQ will provide Illumina’s workforce with a fully collaborative and better connected workplace to help the firm achieve its vision of transforming human health.

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What Does the Future Hold for the Corporate Campus?

In the future, corporate campuses could look quite different. Image © Gensler

In the last few years, there has been a big move toward corporate consolidation on large, amenity-rich campuses. The factors driving this move are the need to consolidate corporate real estate holdings, a desire to create synergy between formerly segregated departments, and a push to enhance company unity by putting everyone on one campus. Adding retail services and health and wellness amenities to the mix helps recruit and retain the best talent.

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