Monthly Archives: February 2018

Our urban environment is ripe for optimisation

Property technology is whizzing with ‘optimisation’ yet the reality of delivering efficiencies or improvements are not always as direct as stated on the Tech Tin! The ULI Tech Forum recently hosted the first Asset Innovation Series themed around Optimization, with representatives from The Collective, EY, JLL, Standard Chartered Bank and a cross sector audience of real estate professionals. Seeking to understand how optimisation is occurring across the property field the penal debate heard from The Collective’s Lora Salomidou on how her firm was leveraging technology to provide value for her … Read More

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Collision: Disintegration or Connection Parag Khanna, Geo-strategist and author

It is becoming more important for cities and countries to protect their connectivity and supply chains rather than focusing on single issue politics. Our global connectivity systems of transportation, energy, and communication were likened to the human skeletal, vascular, and nervous systems. These global infrastructure grids matter much more than land borders. Over the next 40 years the world will experience more infrastructure development than in the past 4000. It is time to focus on functional geography rather than political geography. Despite Brexit, the EU is continuing to grow and … Read More

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Collision: Disintegration or Connection: Parag Khanna at ULI UK, by Christopher Choa, ULI UK Chair

On one of his swings past London this week, I had the pleasure of hosting Parag Kanna for an evening ULI session at AECOM.  Parag, with his ever-roving attention, is finishing up a new book centred on the emerging dynamics of South-East Asia. But during this particular presentation and the lively discussion that followed, we focused on how globalism and diversity are colliding with protectionism and solidarity, and tried to address a few questions: How are these colliding themes influencing the planning of regions and cities? Will devolution create fragmented … Read More

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