Posts Tagged real estate development

SOCAP Panel Preview: Greg Giornelli, Purpose Built Communities

Greg Giornelli is President and COO of Purpose Built Communities, a nonprofit organization located in Atlanta, GA that supports holistic community redevelopment focusing on mixed-income housing strategy, cradle-to-college education, and supportive services.   Through their Purpose Built Communities Network, they provide guidance and technical assistance to foundations, community […]

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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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Mi Casa Es Tu Casa – Mexican Housing Day 2011

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The eighth annual Mexican Housing Day (February 10, 2011) in New York City and London gave the government, financial institutions and publicly listed (not the vast majority of unlisted developers and builders) housing developers a chance to crow about […]

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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 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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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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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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The Undoing of Dharavi’s Redevelopment

This article in the Economic Times (Calls to scrap Dharavi makeover gain ground) highlights the tailspin that the Dharavi redevelopment plan has been in. Having gone from a proposal that attracted the interest of bidders from all over the world to one that started to repel investors […]

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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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