Archive for 2010

Affordable Housing’s Distant Dream in Buenos Aires

“Affordable Housing – A Distant Dream” highlights Buenos Aires as another unfortunate example of one of the world’s great cities – in a middle income country, not one of the poorest – being unable to house its working and informal sector citizens in decent quality housing. Quantitative […]

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Commentary on NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate: Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future

The NYU Schack Institute’s panel, Latin American Real Estate Markets in the Near Future, highlighted where the smart money is going in real estate development in the region. Since real estate investment has to be part of a longer-term strategy, sentiment among these investors can be a […]

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Building It Right The First Time – Demolished Hopes in China and Beyond

A recent report by the Chinese Daily draws attention to issues of building and policy standards for public housing. Six new government-subsidized apartment buildings in Beijing were demolished by public officials due to faulty building materials and improper reinforcement. China plans to build 5.8 million more government-subsidized apartments over the course of […]

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Thoughts on SOCAP10 from the Urban Investment Perspective, Part 1

 SOCAP10 is long over now, but a week back now, but observations and thoughts are even more appropriate now that the messages and conversations have sunk in and many first round follow-ups are done. Socap is one of the best conferences I’ve ever attended. To put […]

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Iffy Ideas for Developing Country Cities

In recent months, we’ve learned that cities have hit the radar screen of big business with developing economy and emerging market cities making their way almost to center stage to boot. Why? Because most of the building and development that’s going to happen in coming years will be in those […]

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Beirut’s Real Estate Boom and Its Heritage Buildings: Tragedy, Development or Both?

The Financial Times article “Property boom raises fears for Beirut heritage” points up the struggle going on in developing country cities all over the world. In the absence of a strategy to leverage heritage buildings into value for the city, residents and also developers, often these buildings […]

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Initial Public Offering for India’s Experimental New Urbanism Settlement

It’s fascinating to see that India’s Lavasa project is planning to raise up to 20 billion rupees (or $425 million) in equity on the Indian stock market in an initial public offering (India’s Lavasa to file papers for $425 mln IPO – Reuters) out of a total […]

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Amplifying Innovation in Our Cities Ourselves: A Review on Two Urban Exhibits in NYC

In cities everywhere, our own New York City included, communities are developing a myriad of ways to live together resourcefully and comfortably. These innovative mindsets in sustainable urban living are undoubtedly necessary to ensure the recovery and continuation of human society on Earth; as William Gibson said, “The future is here. […]

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McKinsey Quarterly Highlights BOP Market Potential

Not for the first time has McKinsey or other major strategy consulting firm emphasized the potential in BOP markets in developing countries. The numbers cited in Early consumer product winners in the developing world could score lasting gains are compelling on their own. Add a little urban […]

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IFC Diving Into Affordable Housing Development in India

From a couple of days ago, the IFC in Discussion with Real Estate Developers to Create Large Affordable Housing Projects in the Hindu Business Line highlights the growing interest among development finance institutions in mainstreaming low cost housing into investment projects. IFC has already financed work by […]

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