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Lisa Wise Will Discuss the Future Development of Cities at Prestigious Real Estate Symposium

Chairperson Lisa Wise will represent FBCI at the Global Cities in an Era of Change 2016 symposium, March 30-April 1, at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.

The symposium will unite thought-leaders and decision-makers to address the challenges and opportunities the real estate industry faces as the built environment adapts to meet the needs of global urban population. The broad range of topics to be discussed include defining the global city of the future, how to prepare for and confront cyber and domestic terror threats, global capital flows and how autonomous vehicles will affect cities.

Wise will join three other distinguished panelists to discuss the “Reinvention of Cities.” She will be joined by Andy Cohen, co-CEO at design and architecture firm Gensler, Colin Shepard, CEO of Investment Management in Hines’ Office of Investments and Ed Friedrichs, former Gensler president and CEO and founder of the consulting firm Friedrichs Group, LLC.

The panel will discuss the new types of cities that are emerging and how they are leveraging cutting edge technologies, infrastructure, design, and planning techniques to create urban areas that fully accommodate professional activities and social, sustainable residential neighborhoods.

“If we are going to accommodate future populations in a sustainable manner, we need a significant transition to a renewable and energy efficient economy and best practices in urban planning,” Wise explains. “The key components of successful city reinvention from an urban planning perspective require greater public awareness of the need for this transition, prioritization of infrastructure investments, more accessible and flexible financing strategies.

“We also need the creation of new ‘urban operating systems,’” she added. “Urban operating systems in turn are based on policy and regulatory framework, and innovative approaches, such as form-based codes, which will be the focus of my presentation.”

“Like the panel discussion in which Lisa will participate, many other presentations during the symposium will include a focus on sustainability and smart cities. By attending, FBCI leaders will have the opportunity to meet key influencers in disciplines who need to know about form-based codes while gaining a global understanding of multiple forces changing cities,” said Carol Wyant, who serves on the FBCI’s and the Stanford Professionals in Real Estate’s (SPIRE) boards of directors. SPIRE is co-presenting the symposium with The Counselors of Real Estate (CRE) and RICS.

“During the symposium, experts who will present new trends and planning strategies that promote global city walkability and sustainability, and help communities maintain a neighborhood identity,” explained FBCI board member Charles Nash. It offers an excellent opportunity to convey to nationally recognized conference presenters and SPIRE, CRE and RICS members the FBCI story and how form-based codes can be a part of this new era of change for global cities.”

To learn more about the symposium and to register, visit the event website.

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