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A lot of firsts @ REALTY 2017

The forthcoming Realty exhibition Tour & Taxis, Brussels, May 16-18 will see a number of innovations. Firstly, organisers Artexis have joined forces with Archi-Europe, an architecture platform today numbering over 185,000 active architect members. The partnership will see the launch, at Realty this year of the first ‘European Architecture Awards’. Artexis points out that over recent years regulations have become more and more demanding, and that there is growing concern for sustainable construction and respect of the environment. With this in mind, the new Awards will recognise and reward outstanding international projects in domains including urban development, housing, industrial, commercial and office buildings, healthcare facilities… Along with the main categories, there will be special prizes for the most sustainable and the most innovative projects. The competition has attracted well over 300 candidate projects and the prize-giving ceremony will take place at Realty in the morning of Thursday May 18th.

A second initiative will see an innovation corner at this year’s show. This will be a dedicated space where young entrepreneurs and technology companies have the opportunity to present their solutions easily. The innovation corner is a convenient place where, in the words of the organisers, the future Marc Zuckerberg or Evan Spiegel may be making a first appearance…

Keynote conferences
In terms of conferences and seminars, the annual seminar from professional association UPSI will be on the subject of Europe’s largest urban reconversion project, HafenCity in Hamburg. An interview with the association’s Olivier Carrette on the reasons for this choice, will appear in the Belgium Real Estate Showcase magazine, distributed at Realty. UPSI has attracted some high ranking speakers to the conference. These include Jürgen Bruns-Berentelg, CEO of HafenCity and Rajdeep Gahir, founder of ‘Redefining Real Estate’. Also taking part, in the panel discussion, are Brussels Bouwmeester Kristiaan Borret and Flemish Government architect Leo Van Broeck.

There will also be a ‘Smart Cities’ conference at Realty, in which many Belgian cities are taking part.
The ULI conference will address a related theme – ‘Building Great Cities: and will look at aspects such as inclusion. Quoting the organizers of the conference : “Successful cities are those that have embedded social inclusion in their economic and urban development strategies by applying principles of good population density and mixing of population groups (generation, income, origin).’”

There is to be a project gallery for the first time at Realty this year, where developers will have the opportunity to show a picture or a scale model of their project with a few words of explanation, along with the logos of the various partners who contributed to the project. The goal is therefore to highlight upcoming real estate projects.

And finally, there is a new entrance package for visitors wishing to invite a number of people (clients, staff…). They will have the opportunity to obtain an ‘XL Package’ this year.

Tim HARRUP
Final Editor
Pro-Real Estate Communication platform
tharrup@pro-realestate.be







| 09/05/2017

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