If one word can sum out the last days, it’s “inspiration”. After hosting Madrid's #colivingmeetup and seeing how coliving operators exchanged for the first time, I visited Urban Campus, which showed me that large coliving spaces are able to build strong community. Since then, I moved back to Paris to attend Co-Liv’s "co-living masterclass" at MIPIM Proptech and to organize the French #colivingmeetup. Last but not least, it’s finally out: I announced the manifesto for Art of Coliving, my upcoming book. Exciting days ahead! 💥
JLL LAUNCHES INDIA COLIVING REPORT
The new study analysis the coliving market in the world’s second most populated country. Among others, JLL estimates a 1 trillion INR market evaluation by 2023, a 400% growth rate, and 2-4x rental yields for landlords compared to traditional residential assets classes. Another must-read report that shows the growth and profitability of coliving compared to other real estate industries.
LONDON MAYOR LAUNCHES OFF-SITE HOUSING APP
Sponsored by Sadiq Khan, the open-source program Prism app is meant to shave weeks off the early design stage for off-site manufactured homes. What it does: letting users design a multitude of different structures on a specific site, as well as export 3D geometric drawings to other BIM programs and download a PDF with key project metrics. Moreover, the app will collect information about commonly used products, to help create standardized parts for homes.
FRANCE OPENS LARGEST COLIVING SPACE TO DATE
Station F, the world’s largest coworking space founded by billionaire Xavier Niel and hosting more than 1,000 startups, just opened Flatmates, a 600-people coliving space for its members. Why is that? For two reasons: first, it allows coworkers and startups to move to Paris without needing to hustle for apartments (easy access). And second, living at Station F starts at 399€ per month, which makes moving to Paris affordable. Moreover, residents are being paired through the Whoomies app, which matches personal interests and lifestyles. As we say in French: chapeau 🎩
VENN RAISES $40 MILLION TO REVITALISE URBAN AREAS
Two weeks ago, I fell in love with Venn’s model. In short: the Israeli company, which made a buzz after its impact report, focusses on creating social value in neighborhoods. In Tel Aviv, it led them to open cultural centers, coffee shops, and open their spaces to the wider public. Since then, Venn expanded to several cities, including Berlin and NYC. The best part: their model is hyper scalable, especially because it doesn’t require to change current real estate infrastructure. Welcome to a “home beyond a house”.
REPORT: HOW HOTELS CONQUER SERVICE APARTMENTS
HVS analyzed how the serviced apartment accommodation is growing faster than the traditional real estate industry. Through an in-depth survey, the group surveyed major hotel brands and are laying out the future projects that will open in Europe. The report also gives insights into expected return, growth and occupancy rates.
WHAT WE NEED TO CONVERT DENSITY INTO QUALITY
The concentration of jobs in metropolitan America increased by 30% - which means increasingly dense environments. In this report, Brookings lays out not only benefits of dense environment’s (backed by statistics) but also the main problem that cities are facing Namely, that density without investments in transformative placemaking may yield few if any advantages at all, particularly for those at the margins of our economy.
July 4th, Paris (respond to RSVP)
Coliving: Definição, Melhores Práticas e Potencial
July 5th, Porto Alegre (register here)
Coming soon… Kreativquartier
July 11th, Munich (register here)
July 9th, Berlin (RSVP here)
July 16th, Amsterdam (RSVP here)
THE FUTURE OF URBAN VILLAGES
I recently discovered UN17, a 400-home development project in Copenhagen. Why is it my favorite pick? Because the initiative is the first building project in the world to address all of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, it entails different housing typologies, including coliving and multifamily units. Let’s see when this idea will be turned into reality.
RETHINKING COLIVING SPACES IN URBAN CITIES
Commuty is a visionary real estate development firm that creates avant-guard coliving concepts. I encountered them last week when visiting Urban Campus in Madrid, for which they were the project lead. After talking to its founder, José de Pedro, I was blown away by the depth of their thinking and vision of a more communal, liveable city life. Definitely one of my favorite real estate agencies so far.
AND A FUN ONE: THE “HOUSE GREENHOUSE”
Personally, I need sun and warmth, and hence never considered living in Nordic countries. This Swedish couple might change my point of view. Their solution: they built a greenhouse around their entire home, making it possible to walk in flip-flops in wintertime and growing Mediterranean fruits.
“Our generation has searched for community online, but has found something missing. We need to rebuild community in the real world .”
- Or Kokobza, CEO of Venn, in its manifesto
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