Creating inclusive cities

The younger generations are most affected by issues around housing affordability that emerged since the global financial crisis. In many cities housing shortages are causing increased housing prices and rents. Making sure that cities remain accessible for not only millennials, but Gen Z as well, will keep neighbourhoods liveable and attractive. The PBSA sector is positioned between guarantying yields on one hand, and affordability on the other, without making concessions in quality. How can investors, developers and operators provide the secure, rented accommodation needed now? How does product segmentation, for example, offer a solution to this dilemma?  

The Global Outlook

Whereas our think tank and Conference has always focused on the pan-European landscape of international mobility, there is a entire world beyond that. Year in, year out countries like China and India are the key drivers of international higher education making student accommodation a truly global game. From an investment perspective, there is a parallel globalization of investments, with key drivers in Asia, the Emirates and Canada. It’s time to scale The Class to a bigger picture, in this global student living outlook.

The Co-Revolution

Modern communication, technologies and the ubiquity of internet access make it possible to work from wherever. A workplace evolution has been taking place in which new, serviced working environments going far beyond the traditional office are emerging. Simultaneously, communal living typologies for recent graduates are on the rise, learning from experiences in student accommodation.  With increasing costs of living in the most congested cities, co-living platforms offer an attractive alternative. The growing desire from younger generations for urban lifestyles and  environments with private space, amenities and communal events ignites the co-revolution. What does the future of living, working and learning together look like in Europe in times of a co-revolution?

Italian Student Living

Student populations are recognized as a fundamental part of the urban ecosystem and everywhere in Europe we are witnessing opportunities for urban campuses and innovation hubs aggregating young. The emergence of the New Urban Campus sheds a new light on the role of the university in the post-industrial city. Universities are catalysts for cosmopolitan urban regeneration, innovate cities and help create talent hubs. What infrastructures are necessary for the next generation of students and young professionals? What are the opportunities for wider urban development strategies and local spatial development plans? What can make talent stay?

The Urban Campus

Student populations are recognized as a fundamental part of the urban ecosystem and everywhere in Europe we are witnessing opportunities for urban campuses and innovation hubs aggregating young. The emergence of the New Urban Campus sheds a new light on the role of the university in the post-industrial city. Universities are catalysts for cosmopolitan urban regeneration, innovate cities and help create talent hubs. What infrastructures are necessary for the next generation of students and young professionals? What are the opportunities for wider urban development strategies and local spatial development plans? What can make talent stay?

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