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The CoreNet Global Knowledge Center is the single source for corporate real estate (CRE) research. This important resource contains original research, member organization publications, market reports, and CRE-specific research reports and white papers.

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The philosopher, Marvin Gay, challenged us to think about ourselves and to purposefully consider what we are doing.

Hear from the next generation of talent! Student teams from universities around the world were invited to compete in a competition where they are asked to play the role of an internal corporate real estate team. This year’s challenge was to develop strategies for the corporate real estate portfolio that prepare the company for a fluid workforce where virtual and augmented reality are practically applied to deal with the expected blend of remote and office workers.

As corporations, and as individuals we have the responsibility to support both planetary and  human health. Meeting the minimum requirements isn't enough.

As a CRE leader looking to drive technology innovation and transformation within your organization and to plan for and implement an AI-enabled operation, there are some key questions you should be asking. Do you know what they are?
The move to distributed and hybrid work strategies has untethered millions of trusted knowledge workers to work how and where they choose on most days. 


The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift toward hybrid working. More than a third of U.S. workers transitioned to remote or hybrid work between March and April 2020 alone. According to the most recent Gallup data, more than half of employees in ‘remote capable’ roles expect a hybrid arrangement in 2022 and beyond.

This session will highlight the value of a highly agile practice of iteration throughout the pandemic and demonstrate decarbonization achievements through design elements.

With both occupiers and owners making decarbonisation a priority, the C Change programme from ULI Europe is committed to identifying common goals between the two sides on this urgent challenge. This panel will discuss the outcome of its owner & occupier engagement work and debate practical next steps that can help both sides align to meet their decarbonisation goals. ULI’s C Change programme is a multi-year strategic programme to fast track the decarbonisation of the built environment in Europe. Owner and occupier engagement and alignment was selected for dedicated research and action in 2022 and 2023.


Many welcomed the flexibility of remote work and an opportunity to spend time with their families during the pandemic. However, for some, working from home has led to increased feelings of isolation, stress and anxiety.
Supplier diversity programs are not new, but they have never been more center-stage than they are now.
Join and understand how flexibility in the physical workplace and agile leadership go hand in hand, and how the ability to think outside the box will be necessary to promote the benefits of the workplace.
Integrated design firm, SmithGroup and general contractor, DPR Construction come together to showcase how commercial development focused on both people and the planet drives results. Panelists will share how the firms’ collaborative approaches have resulted in ground-breaking projects including Arizona’s first commercial net-zero-energy office building, an adaptive-reuse project in Sacramento that exceeds California’s Commercial 2030 Net Zero mandate, and the new net-positive energy headquarters in the South Bay. The resilient work environments also foster collaboration, innovation and cement deep connections to the outdoors and surrounding communities. The Sacramento project utilized cross-laminated timber shear walls, a first in the state of California. Come join us for an interesting discussion on how two future-focused organizations are changing the industry by focusing on people and planet, first.
When we think of connecting with buildings, we think of how an occupier connects with their space, but a “Connected Building” is an array of intelligence that is closely connected with the infrastructure and occupants.
This dynamic session will explore how corporate real estate (CRE) and CSR can work together to develop a road map that achieves both net zero goals and social impact.
This session will provide a high-level understanding of the factors influencing corporate real estate (CRE) organizations and the deployment of real estate and workplace technologies impacting employee experience, ESG, operational efficiency, and more.

Corporate real estate has evolved to encompass so much more than the physical office building. Designing and maintaining productive workspaces these days require CRE managers to be attuned to the behaviors of their workforce. This quest to understand how teams interact and engage with their offices is now just as important to CRE as understanding the physical space, but quantifying behavior is not a simple task. In this session, workplace analytics solution Locatee shares the latest best practices on how to derive meaningful insight from office utilization into impactful business decisions.

This panel will examine recent trends in the elevated focus on employee experience, its impact on larger business objectives, and the role that executive leaders play in this evolution.
In this session, Benjamin Bader, HERE's Global Head of Real Estate discuss details, key lessons learned, and how the decision was made to take HERE’s CRE in-house.

Leveraging sustainability goals to achieve a lean carbon interiors project in Times Square.


The panel will discuss how corporate real estate leaders can infuse DEI into workplace strategy, what role buildings play in the employee experience, and best practices to maximize return on investment.
How can the Public and Private Sectors collaborate to establish the delivery and operation of accessible electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to decarbonize our cities and regions?
Collaboration spaces are the corner stone of much of hybrid working in the office but most current workspaces and technologies in them, aren't able to support this new way of work. So, the question then is, what is?


This session will be centered around implementation, innovation, outcomes, and best practices from the implementation of CBRE’s first metaverse XR studio at their Workplace360 physical office in Richardson, TX.
The way we plan for, design, and fit out our workplaces and meeting areas need to change going forward to meet the new needs of the hybrid workforce and provide meeting equity.
Our world is rapidly evolving, and how we live, work, and experience space has changed. We need a new approach to solve this new challenge and creating experiential destinations can be the strategy that connects people, place, and purpose together in our new environment. In this session, the panel will share their insights and discuss topics that are important to corporate real estate leaders including business goals, employee engagement, and hybrid working strategies - and show how experiential design can be a solution to better serve all of them.

Real estate departments are constantly challenged to optimize portfolios and reduce costs. But with business changes like hybrid workplaces and online-to-offline commerce, the need for insightful and innovative real estate strategies has never been greater.


Corporate real estate is not only driving value on the environmental side but also the social side.

Do you ever look at your Real Estate portfolio and realize it’s a little too late to pivot a project to remain on time and on budget? Is leveraging data to forecast current and future projects a tremendous hurdle?

The old trope of going from generations 1-4 of outsourcing in order to achieve a desired state no longer solves the issues of the business or meets the time expectations of CREF, the business or its employees.
How is “The Great Return to Office” playing out around the globe? Researchers found that employees are now using offices very differently from how they have been used in the past.
In order to extract additional value from location strategies, increase savings, and ensure future success, companies are beginning to leverage economic incentives in greater capacity and frequency.
Through exploring case studies and hearing from industry experts, the panel will discuss the perfect recipe for creating a strong and healthy culture that motivates your team and boosts productivity.
This session will guide the audience on how to create a "wow" employee experience by bringing CRE, IT, HR together through a workplace journey map and defining a common set of success metrics.

The audience will hear from female entrepreneur, Liz Powers, and real estate leaders at Google and PwC on why art is good for business. Liz will take the audience on her journey as a social worker who identified extreme inequities in the workforce and art market, developed a "business for good" model, and partnered with 400 corporations to generate millions of dollars in income for individuals experiencing homelessness and disabilities.

Learn how Tango connects your employees to the places they need to work, and be productive, in a hybrid workplace – and how to leverage this utilization data to make strategic decisions about your space and portfolio.

The workplace industry is going through the biggest tectonic shift ever seen. Decisions that are made now will influence the CRE world for decades. But firms still struggle to get actionable insights to guide their workplace strategies.
IBM is a Global Enterprise managing 50 million square feet of real estate across 800 locations and 100 countries. As a 111 year old company, and a leader in environmental sustainability, IBM is no stranger to transformation. Come learn about how IBM is embracing the latest technologies to evolve their real estate operations and sustainability management through a major digital transformation. This will include a description of how IBM Global Real Estate will utilize robotic sensor platforms, in partnership with IBM Research and Boston Dynamics, to address the pressing needs of a complex, global real estate portfolio.
The panel will discuss how the post-pandemic office can find inspiration in hospitality design to become a destination with intention that not only draws workers back, but also encourages them to stay.
Gain insight on navigating change as we emerge from COVID, and understand how CRE leaders are engaging, evolving strategies, and accelerating for future success now.
Attend this session to learn how workplace management systems can work together to enable data-informed decisions for operational and strategic decisions.
Using cell phone mobility data researchers can measure the evolution of pandemic-induced migration trends, including which cities and places have returned to historical normalcy and what the implications are. Learn more!


This presentation will leverage research, discussing principles of happiness, and provide insight into supporting client visions for creating people-centric organizations through use of new metrics. 


With the connected fleet solution in place, Microsoft is preparing for the future as it delivers a new campus, but making data accessible is the key.


Hear from a panel from both government and private enterprise, along with specialists in workplace strategy and change management, about their consolidation journeys.
This session explores how a trusted partnership and relationship was an integral part of being ‘open for business’, mitigating potential hazards, and reducing injuries during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 25% of corporate occupiers have adopted a net zero carbon target today, and that percentage is expected to more than double by 2025.

We have entered the digital era, and virtual and remote work have enabled new levels of flexibility, choice, and ecosystems. Understand how this will impact CRE.
This session will explore new metrics that are inclusive of HR, IT, and Finance partners to gauge effectiveness.
With the pandemic changing the definition of how we work, where we work and what is required of today's CRE, the question remains whether the promise from a full-service real estate outsource solution fulfills its aim?
What does a "Return to People" look like when placing the emphasis on the most important ingredient of work and the workplace, the people?

This session will illustrate opportunities to transform the physical workplace into a powerful tool for cultivating a sense of belonging.


If portfolio strategy is an ongoing process of understanding organizational objectives and aligning real estate solutions to meet those objectives in the most effective, affordable way, then what defines portfolio perfection? Portfolio Perfection occurs when the real estate portfolio is perfectly aligned with organizational strategy.
Innovative strategies are required to mitigate unconscious bias and can lead to novel solutions that develop a common language, identify blind spots, and challenge the status quo to create truly inclusive practices.

Join a thought-provoking, interactive discussion on how HP developed a return to office program focused on creating an inspiring work environment for their employees.

The panel will discuss the pitfalls that can increase risk and share strategies for how Corporate Real Estate (CRE) leader and partners can protect sensitive/confidential information and assets during real estate projects.

Climate change and respiratory illnesses represent two historically unprecedented challenges to the built environment, with major financial, legal, and reputational costs, risks, and liability for enterprise real estate, both now and in the future.

The technology industry is presently experiencing a shift with some companies focusing on high profitability, cash flow and cost efficiencies while maintaining productivity. Others are extending their virtual real estate portfolio to respond to employees' interest in working remotely. Finally, Silicon Valley is also seeing employees slow down with jumping from one company to another for more income.

How accurate are your assumptions about the people who populate your buildings? Do you know what they want? What they think? What will enable them to be effective in your workplaces? Come test your knowledge and join in the discussion of the answers!

This discussion will look at key strategies used in health rating systems and provide an overview of how these strategies can increase occupant trust and show financial returns for real estate investors.

This session will explore how technology can be used to enable inclusive, collaborative experiences that excite workers from all backgrounds, providing a safe, secure working environment for all.

Our workplace environments are extensions of our minds. At their best, they provide the cognitive scaffolding we need to think effectively and achieve flow. At their worst, they dull our thought processes, distract us, and amplify the attention-stealing effects of our urban technoscape. Cutting-edge research is revealing how workplaces can be designed to maximize our cognitive performance, not only in traditional office settings but also in hybrid environments with a wide range of neurodiversity. Through a series of participatory examples, we will introduce the audience to cognitive ergonomics, a rapidly growing field studying how our environments affect human well-being and performance. We'll explore the universal constants that influence our cognition and discuss how hybrid work settings are throwing curveballs--and opportunities--at our minds. To illustrate these concepts, we'll expose volunteers to different conditions and show how subtle shifts in our settings can have significant effects on our cognitive performance. This is a practical session for real estate and design professionals alike. We'll present lower- and higher-budget ways to design workspaces that support all kinds of thinking--deep concentration, ideation, routine tasks, and organic creation--all drawing on the latest in cognitive research. We'll highlight how these spaces can be better attuned to the neurodivergent to create settings that enable all employees to think at the top of their games. 


With the traditional work environment and how we work changing fundamentally, a multinational worked to design a workplace environment that supports their organizational transformation and ever-evolving work patterns.
How do you balance the demands of the now, with the musts of tomorrow? If you don’t know, you’re already irrelevant and overdue on adapting your leadership strategy. We are living in a precipice of change, a kink in the curve, an evolutionary moment, and for organizations to survive, it’s becoming increasingly imperative to master current demands while anticipating and planning for future innovation.

This session will explore the basics of embodied carbon and discuss how smart decision making in real estate can contribute to an organization's environmental and corporate responsibility goals.

Panelists from two different industries will share unique approaches, what they are piloting, and the lessons learned in reality. Join this interactive discussion on new workplace realities in practice, and what it may mean for what’s next.
There is no going back to 2019. The past 2+ years made us all fully adopt virtual work and new technologies while managing major stressors like the pandemic, changes in routine, and household chaos. We made it work.
Workers are returning to the office with different expectations for the space in which they work and with different habits for how they interact with customers & colleagues. Sound is central to these changes


In an era of personalization, faster service and tailor-made solutions, the world of work is slow. With the advent of hybrid, which promises greater employee empowerment, companies must evolve or fail.

The current energy squeeze is accelerating need for decarbonization and a new approach to managing/reducing consumption and cost of power, and is the basis of a major project to develop an international real-world Metaverse.

Diversity is a pivotal economic, social, and business imperative, yet that understanding alone is not enough to tailor them into today’s corporate culture. We surely may be living in the diverse world, but that is not always reflected in our workplaces.
Think you're wicked smart when it comes to Flex and co-working? Put your knowledge to the test with Josh & Laura's Flexible Office Solutions Flex IQ tool!
While TIAA prepared to renovate and redefine its campus, the 2020 lockdown began, requiring TIAA to pivot to a new vision of work - a massive scope of change, affecting everything from CRE strategy to design to wellbeing.
There seems little doubt amongst the real estate leaders of the world's most dynamic companies, that hybrid working is here to stay and that consequently, real estate footprints will shrink. But by how much?


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