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What makes a city smart and sustainable? Denkstatt recently tried to answer this question – both in theory by developing a new position paper on smart cities together with stakeholders from the real estate and urban development sectors and in practice by integrating sustainability in a district development project in the Austrian city Amstetten.
By Nigel Landon Global news has been full recently with dire warnings about the state of our planets’ oceans and the rising tide of waste, mostly plastic (est. >80%), which is killing marine life, birds and mammals dependent on the sea for food, pooling in vast ocean slicks, and blanketing our beaches.
With 2017 global real estate values totalling US$228 trillion, the real estate market is a more valuable asset class than all stocks, shares and securitised debt combined.  The world now owns real estate assets worth 2.8 times its annual income.

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