Archive for the China Category

SCA Urban Investment Theme #1: Are Smart Cities Smart Investments?

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In coming weeks, our blog will be looking at Smart Cities Advisors’ 2014 urban investment themes in emerging and developing markets. SCA is all about urban impact investment and social enterprise in developing countries – still an early concept, still developing, but urgent, inevitable and promising. Our 2014 […]

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Challenges of Heritage Conservation in the Developing World and Urban Impact Investment (Part 1)

As the new and rapidly growing urban areas of the developing world reach to build dynamic, competitive cities, promoting heritage conservation is a central issue – not just for foreign tourism, as is often thought – but also for promoting livelihoods, economic development, cultural identity and urban […]

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High Anxiety about Housing in China

(Based on reporting in http://news.xinhuanet.com.)  When the Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao visits a massive Beijing affordable housing project on Labor Day (Wansiying low-income housing project in the Chaoyang District), it means that the leadership felt the need to respond directly to frustration among workers about the grave […]

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McKinsey on Developing World Cities Highlights the Urban Investment Gap

McKinsey’s latest on cities, Urban World: Mapping the Power of Cities, is a must-read for anyone interested in the potential for urban impact investment in the developing world. The massive shift highlighted in this document is not in the urban reality of our world, but rather how […]

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Sustainable Cities Need Sustainable Business Models and Social Fabrics Too

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The new report from Harvard Business School* (January 22, 2011) entitled “Sustainable Cities: Oxymoron or the Shape of the Future?” As interest turns to responses to urbanization, especially in rapid growth developing countries, a number of analytical frameworks have […]

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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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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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Green Materials in the Spotlight

Smart Cities Advisors has been researching the hot space of green building materials of late. According to NextGen Research, green building materials were globally a $455.3 billion market in 2009 and were predicted to become $571 billion market by 2013.  In developed markets, diverting reusable materials from […]

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Global Real Estate Ups and Downs

Along with the very modest global economy recovery, most developed countries around the world have started to see their housing markets stabilize or, at least, decline more slowly than past quarters. Most emerging markets, on the other hand, especially in Asian cities, have experienced rapid acceleration of […]

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Housing China’s Millions: Passive vs. Active Strategies

China’s real estate community is in a stir over news published in the July 9th edition of the People’s Daily International. Titled “What Does the High Housing Vacancy Rate Mean?” (in Chinese), an economist at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences estimates approximately 64.5 million currently empty […]

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