SMART CITIES: TORONTO’S GOOGLE-INFUSED DISTRICT AND LESSONS FROM SONGDO, KOREA

Sidewalk Labs, a sister company of Google that is working with the city of Toronto in revitalizing 750 acres along the city’s Eastern Waterfront, made headlines this year. Controversy arose when questions surrounding data collection, privacy, and who owns the information collected in public began surfacing on the project, Sidewalk Toronto (Scola, 2018). This caused… Continue Reading SMART CITIES: TORONTO’S GOOGLE-INFUSED DISTRICT AND LESSONS FROM SONGDO, KOREA

Mass Timber is Ushering in a New Era of Wood Building

In recent years a small renaissance has taken place in North America regarding wood buildings, propelled by the emergence of “mass timber” construction.  The increased popularity of mass timber is allowing wood buildings to stretch new heights beyond traditional wood-frame construction, ushering in an era of high-rise wood buildings.  For example, the 18-story Brock Commons… Continue Reading Mass Timber is Ushering in a New Era of Wood Building

Biometrics and A.I. are Changing How We Experience Buildings (4 min)

Biometrics and A.I. are Changing How We Experience Buildings When Amazon Go launched earlier this year in Seattle, some customers reported an awkward feeling as they were leaving the store. This new shopping experience was so unfamiliar that it made some customers feel like they had just shoplifted or gotten their groceries for free but… Continue Reading Biometrics and A.I. are Changing How We Experience Buildings (4 min)

Smart Contracts: Changing the Way We Do Deals (6 min)

The contractual elements of real estate transactions can be complex and cumbersome. In order to protect their respective positions and overcome the barrier of lack of trust, parties to a transaction are forced to utilize intermediaries such as lawyers and escrow accounts. Smart contracts are blockchain-based tools that have the potential to transform the process… Continue Reading Smart Contracts: Changing the Way We Do Deals (6 min)

How Vulnerable is Commercial Real Estate to a Cyber Attack? (4 mins)

Issues around cyber security are nothing new for companies in the digital age but considering the recent headlines around the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the Equifax Credit Reporting hack, a new emphasis on how we in commercial real estate think about data protection might be warranted. Data breaches commonly involve the taking of consumer data,… Continue Reading How Vulnerable is Commercial Real Estate to a Cyber Attack? (4 mins)

The Potential of Machine Learning Real Estate Valuation Models (5 mins)

Property valuation is a necessary task for parties across the real estate industry. Development, investment, lending, and brokerage all rely on determining the value of property by either using external valuations and appraisals or by constructing internal valuation models, typically on ARGUS or Excel. Underwriting is core to the real estate industry as it is… Continue Reading The Potential of Machine Learning Real Estate Valuation Models (5 mins)

Innovations in “Big Data” Are Impacting Real Estate Investment (4 mins)

  Big data analysis and data science techniques applied to public and private datasets is nothing new, but recent growth in the quality of information and its use in commercial real estate is. Commercial real estate is a $12 trillion industry and the ability to make better data-driven decisions can save time and money for… Continue Reading Innovations in “Big Data” Are Impacting Real Estate Investment (4 mins)

PropTech 101: Intro to Disruption in Commercial Real Estate (4 mins)

The pace of innovation in real estate has continued to grow as industry actors, entrepreneurs, and VC funders search for the next true “disruptor.” In 2017, VC funding jumped 200% to $12.6bn, up from $4.2bn in 2016[i], a testament to the potential that the VC community sees in real estate. As tech innovation continues to… Continue Reading PropTech 101: Intro to Disruption in Commercial Real Estate (4 mins)