Thinking about the cities of the future may conjure up the image of glittering skyscrapers in ever more exciting forms – but shouldn't we keep track of the more prosaic elements?
In the new issue of Property Journal, Miles Gibson points out that dustbins and homelessness will still be in the picture in 20 years' time, and anyone thinking about the future of cities has to look down as well as up.
Meanwhile, proptech has ceased to be something glimpsed in a crystal ball and is rapidly becoming embedded in the surveying profession. All the same, barriers to adoption remain, as Anthony Walker examines.
And is blockchain fulfilling its potential in real estate? The technology is there but legal and legislative issues persist, as another piece picks up; the subject will be examined in greater detail by a research piece in our next edition.
Back to the current issue, sustainable business and sustainable housing both come under scrutiny, looking at environmental, social and governance factors in real estate and trends in European housing.
In the Residential section there is also further exploration of housing for older people, with JLL reflecting this time on the potential in the most affluent end of that market, and there is legal comment on proposals to ease leasehold extensions as well as how to avoid enforcement action in rental property.
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