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Futures Cut

Sign up to Futures Cut - a personal view of the evolving role of real estate in a world of technological, social and business change, by Richard Pickering, Head of Innovation, EMEA.

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Future of Cities

Cities are one of the most fantastic and yet most challenging human constructs. They explain most of our evolution as a species; they are the crucible of innovation and societal progress. Just about every great thing that we have ever achieved has its genesis in one of our cities.  

And yet they harbour a darker side. If managed poorly, they are catalyst for inequality, a nest for crime, they foster overconsumption and are an engine for carbon emissions. Most bad things also have their origin in our cities. 

For good or bad, in the West our economies are significantly dependent on our cities. For a country like the UK, which is 85% urbanised, how most of us work, shop and live is all heavily dictated by the urban form. And, of course, the vast majority of real estate by value is held within our city boundaries and framed by urban economics. But our world is changing. As deep transformational undercurrents start to reshape urban fundamentals, what more important topic can there be right now than the Future of Cities?  

Over the coming year, we invite you to a conversation on how our cities might, and should, develop over the next two decades. We will consider how macro forces will reshape our cities, and what this will mean for the constituent elements of our cities, including our real estate.   

We invite you to step inside our Future of Cities Lab below. We will be releasing new content into the Lab on a weekly basis, so keep checking back or sign up to Futures /Cut.  

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