Architectural design is a complex process, but sometimes environmental aspects of a project are relatively low-tech. Today, The New Yorker takes a look at new architecture projects being developed for tech companies and how they include access to fresh air, natural light and green space. While this isn't necessarily a new phenomena, what is new is the degree to which nature is being integrated into the office and how neuroscience research allows us measure its affect on cognitive performance.
“Research has shown that natural environments can restore our mental capacities. In Japan, medical patients are encouraged to forest-bathe, taking extended walks through bamboo groves to lower their blood pressure, pulse rates, and cortisol levels."