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Bert Broadhead & guests explore developing themes in innovation, technology & futurology in real estate and the built environment.


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Andrea Pizziconi | Real estate as a catalyst for social change
Can real estate development deliver social justice?Andrea Pizziconi is a singer, songwriter and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of the Christie Company (a pioneer in affordable, mixed-use developments) and of Africa Integras (financier of education infrastructure in Africa) as well as the co-founder of Compositions for a Cause, which creates cause-related music to inspire activism for social justice.In this podcast:Educational infrastructure & real estate as a catalyst for regenerationFunding with social capital - how to do itIs private capital the answer to social issues?The impact of building design on learning faculties and the role that taking care of other social needs playsLooking beyond student housing when it come to educational real estate investmentCombining careers in music and real estateVanessa’s recommended books are:The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, Robert A. CaroHer favourite buildings are:The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, designed by Frank Gehry for its visual impact at sunsetThe Dancing House Building in Prague (also known as Fred & Ginger), also designed by Frank GehryThe World Financial Center, New York, designed by Cesár Pelli, where the glass is designed to perfectly mirror the changing colours of the skyAndrea’s technology to watch out for is those that can empower the end user of the built environment. Her company, Girls First Finance, is certainly one to watch in this regard.
Vanessa Hale | the changing shape of the real estate industry
Breaking down the barriers: the built environment in a post-digital world where sectors, silos and boundaries are increasingly blurred.Vanessa Hale is Director of Research at BNP Paribas Real Estate and brand-new, and youngest ever, chair of ULI UK.Vanessa has 20 years of experience in global strategic research across all real estate sectors in the UK and the US.In this podcast:The breakdown of traditional real estate “sectors” and boundariesThe role of technology in changing how we use buildingsThe rising power of social value in real estate investingExpanding the horizons of those working in the build environmentHow to re-skill in a world of operational real estateThe changing face of later-livingAttracting talent to the real estate industryThe future of the ULI and how to get involvedVanessa’s recommended book is Good to Great, Jim Collins. Her favourite building is the Monadnock building in Chicago for its role in driving innovation in building upwards during the late 19th century.Vanessa’s emerging theme to watch out for is the role of public data in so far as how it interacts with the built environment; who will own it and how will it be used?
Mike Bristow | Can P2P lending boost UK housing production?
Can P2P lending boost housing delivery numbers by financially enabling SME house-builders? What does the P2P market need to learn from recent history to ensure a fair & transparent market of risk / reward for investors? Is technology the right answer?Mike Bristow is CEO & Co-founder of CrowdProperty; a specialist property peer-to-peer lending platform facilitating loans between private individuals and UK professional property businesses. Lending is focused on the SME property developer market, a key segment for supplying much needed UK housing stock, which Mike believes poorly and inefficiently served by traditional funding sources.  In this podcast:How did CrowdProperty come about and how does it differentiate itself from its peers?Why is P2P suited to the SME property developer market?Has the collapse of ‘mainstream’ P2P business (e.g. Lendy) impacted business?How does the CrowdProperty model harness traditional & tech skills to deliver its service?How much further has P2P got to go in respect of the built environmentMike’s favourite building is St Pancras. His recommended book is Yes! 50 secrets from the science of persuasion, Robert Cialdini & Steve Martin, encompassing 50 chapters of studies to ethically influence the human brain. Mike’s technology to keep an eye on is AskPorter; leveraging tech and AI to make human-resource intense management of buildings more efficient.
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Apr 6th, 2018
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Oct 11th, 2019
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