Posts Tagged business model

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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Building innovation for the BOP: Experiences in Israel

Pyramid Scheme, appearing in one of Israel’s main newspapers, Haaretz.com, offers an instructive look at the intersection between innovative architecture, building and affordable housing and models that might unite diverse social, design, environmental and business objectives. This residential project, the Pyramid building in Be’er Sheva‘s Dalet, Israel, […]

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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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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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Emphasis on Green Maintenance in Green Buildings

Nice to see that the 2010 Green Building Council of South Africa (GBCSA) convention will focus on maintenance as a core element of green building. In fact, what happens after the building is built and companies are occupying these buildings is at least equally important to the […]

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What Does Multinationals’ Consumer Goods Strategy Have To Do With Inclusive Real Estate?

Capturing the world’s emerging middle class in the McKinsey Quarterly looks at consumer goods in rapid growth emerging markets and doles out advice to multinationals wanting to compete in these markets, but there is much here for domestic and international real estate developers and homebuilders to consider. […]

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International Private Equity Investments in Mexico Innovative Housing Scheme

“Mexico’s Urbi Teams Up With Aureos On Rent-To-Buy Home Sales” serves up some excitement for innovative impact investments in housing in developing countries. Urbi Desarrollos Urbanos is one of Mexico’s top three homebuilders with a special niche in the low cost housing market. Aureos Capital was established […]

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Merging Business Strategy and Green Building in India

This Live Mint article on Crisil’s new HQ in Hiranandani Gardens in Mumbai’s northern suburbs highlights how perceptions of green building are changing in rapidly growing developing cities like Mumbai, how a business merges its strategy with its environmental footprint and how green building projects are adapting […]

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