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Editor’s Note – Global Cities Issue

Change — like death and taxes — is certain and inevitable, so much so that it is even a fundamental premise of economic and valuation theory. Although no one has a crystal ball, it is, nonetheless, important to be able to predict the future as it is the foresight and anticipation of what is to […]

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Keynote Address with Chip Conley

Speaker: Chip Conley Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy, Airbnb Moderator: Elizabeth Youngblood Lambird Executive Director, Stanford SPIRE “Dramatic disruption in the hospitality business” is what Chip Conley, Head of Global Hospitality & Strategy described as the cause and the effect of his company, Airbnb, when he spoke to the Global Cities in an Era […]

Keynote Address with Luís Bettencourt, Ph.D.

Speaker: Luís Bettencourt, Ph.D. Professor of Complex Systems, Santa Fe Institute Introduction: Howard C. Gelbtuch, CRE Principal, Greenwich Realty Advisors, Inc. Dr. LuÍs M.A. Bettencourt is Professor of Complex Systems at the Santa Fe Institute (SFI) in New Mexico. His academic background is in theoretical physics, but he has done significant work on economics and […]

Urban Infrastructure and Sustainability

Speakers: Don Clark Principal, Cathexes H. Kit Miyamoto Ph.D. CEO, Miyamoto International Steven Straus President, Glumac Moderator: Ed Friedrichs Friedrichs Group and Partner, Donald J. Clark Group Resiliency and sustainability are keys to creating smart cities for the 21st century and beyond. Creating a collaborative environment among all stakeholders, the Developers, Architects, Engineers, City Officials […]

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Steering Capital to Build Sustainable Cities for the Future

Speakers: Philip Barrett Risk Officer, Pramerica Real Estate Investors Frank Billand, Ph.D., FRICS, CIO Member of the Management Board, Union Investment Real Estate Jeff Jacobson CEO, LaSalle Investment Management Robert White, Jr., CRE, FRICS Founder & President, Real Capital Analytics Moderator: Martin Bruehl, FRICS Managing Director, Union Investment Real Estate As urbanization continues with unprecedented […]

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Keynote Address with Sam Zell

Speaker: Sam Zell Founder/Chairman, Equity Group Investments Moderator: Ed Friedrichs Friedrichs Group Changing demographics and global economy is creating opportunities and pitfalls for commercial real estate and consumerism EF: How do you see demographics changing society, real estate, consumerism and investment opportunities? SZ: We’re in the middle of one of the greatest demographic transformations in […]

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Awareness, Preparedness: Cities in the Era of Risks

Speakers: Heather Roiter Damiano Director of Hazard Mitigation, NYC Emergency Management Graeme Wood Author, The Atlantic Magazine Moderator: Thomas M. Justin, CRE, FRICS Principal, The Weitzman Group, Inc. Introduction As part of the symposium titled Global Cities in an Era of Change, the Steering Committee felt strongly that this forum must address the many risks […]

Reinvention of Cities

Speakers: Andy Cohen Co-CEO, Gensler Colin Shepherd CEO, Investment Management, Hines Lisa Wise President, Lisa Wise Consulting, Inc. Moderator: Ed Friedrichs Friedrichs Group New types of cities are leveraging cutting-edge technologies, infrastructure, design and planning techniques. The following is a summary of discussions between the panel participants, followed by some key points from each of […]

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Symposium Wrap Up

Speakers: John Barton Director, Stanford Architectural Design Program James Curtis III, CRE Managing Partner, Bristol Group, Inc. Bowen ‘Buzz’ McCoy, CRE Member, Stanford Real Estate Hall of Fame Moderator: William L. Ramseyer, CRE Consultant, Guest Lecturer All of us who have been in the real estate investment and counseling business over the years have attended […]

Connected Citizens Enable 21st Century Urban Systems: Cities Powered by Rich Data and Smarter People

With the arrival of new and powerful technologies and the declining costs of these technologies, some new possibilities are emerging for cities and their transport systems. For example, the Internet of Everything (IoE)[1] can benefit cities by connecting people, processes, data and things as everything comes online. This is creating unprecedented opportunities for organizations, individuals, […]

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