The World is Watching. How Will Berlin House Talent?

Cities which provide more affordable and accessible housing options were one of the recommendations of The Class of 2020’s advisory project for Berlin Partner for Business and Technology. The research project which brought together 15 real estate experts focused on gathering insight on how best to attract and retain talent by innovating rental housing and building mixed use communities. Here we bring together experts from our research and beyond to discuss how the real estate industry can solve the housing crisis and create vibrant and innovative communities attractive to young talent.

Maximising Space through Smart Technology

Smart technology can provide a range of opportunities for shared living developers, operators and residents to maximise use of space. Smart systems that optimize energy usage, support flexible spatial design and streamline building operations all contribute to high-quality sustainable spaces. Buildings are no longer seen as stagnant structures; rather, living and breathing multi-use spaces that vary in needs throughout the day. How can smart technology elevate the efficient usage of rooms, buildings and cities? How can developers reshape their approach to design and operations in shared living and working models? What are the costs and benefits of ‘green’ buildings?

Mind Your Business: The Bottom Line on Student Wellbeing.

Research indicates that students experience more mental health issues in the transitional periods at the beginning and end of university. Many actors play a role both in shaping everyday university experiences and in mitigating more serious mental health crises during transitions. How can accommodation design support wellbeing? What are the current physical barriers to wellbeing in student life and beyond? How can actors as diverse as housing officers, residence managers, housing providers and designers address the issues such as burn out and loneliness which transcend student and young-adult life? Why is wellbeing important for everyone- from investor to operator- to pay attention to?

The Moment for Coliving is Now

In cities around the world, coliving is the hot topic catching the attention of developers and corporate investment in the housing market. The shared living concept is not a new one; but the need for a housing solution is apparent now more than ever before. Largely due to urbanisation and shifts in lifestyles of Gen Z, coliving concepts combine shared communal facilities, private living living spaces and foster community. What are the challenges and opportunities for operators? What are the varied business models? What makes a coliving community?

Apples to Oranges: Understanding Shared Living in Alternatives

As PBSA matures and coliving models pick up speed, the traditional factors determining the performance of alternative residential assets is complexifying. With Gen Z appetites driving the importance of operational teams, community and branding, how is performance of new models assessed? What are the opportunities and challenges when it comes to investing in platforms? Moving from an asset-based investment category to a brands and operations-based investment, what is performing well and where are the opportunities for investors in these living models? Historically the development of sizeable portfolios (appx. 5000+) has been limited in the continental market in any of these categories. Yet new brands are starting to develop quickly and raise the question- what are the similarities and differences between these alternatives?

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