Category Archives: Innovation and technology

Debt, equity, and innovation: How global capital influences future development

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MIT’s World Real Estate Forum was, as its name would suggest, an opportunity for a diverse set of investors from across the globe to come together to discuss debt, equity and innovation. While perspectives varied widely across the panel, which kicked off the two-day session, the following sentiments were echoed by the group:

  1. It is much harder to deploy capital than it is to source it
  2. Now, more than ever, obsolescence is a
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Blockchain: From buzzword to viable business, breaking down one of real estate’s hottest topics

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The dictionary definition of blockchain is “a digital ledger in which transactions made in bitcoin or another cryptocurrency are recorded chronologically and publicly.” Clear enough, right? Well, not exactly. In front of a packed room on the second day of MIT’s World Real Estate Forum the question was posed: how many people have heard of blockchain? Nearly every hand in the room was raised, a difference from what was observed just… Read More

An old-fashioned science fair to showcase a wave of new innovation at MIT’s Real Estate Innovation Lab

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It should come as no surprise the truly brilliant things that are happening at MIT, and in particular, the school’s Real Estate Innovation Lab. So what better format to display those innovations in than a good old-fashioned science fair? On the second day of MIT’s World Real Estate Forum, a packed room of industry professionals learned from some of the lab’s best and brightest researchers about just what they are working… Read More

Gain “insite” and bring your workplace vision to life

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From Cornelia Szustka
Project Manager, Project & Development Services

The prospect of looking for a new office space can be daunting. Questions can quickly begin to pile up as you ask yourself: How much space do I need? Where should it be located? What should it look like? How do I know if everyone is going to fit? To stand out among competitors, you… Read More

How Boston ranks among world’s leading cities

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Boston has cemented its place as one of the nation’s prime technology hubs, and its status as a global leader in research and technology continues to rise. For the fourth straight year Boston ranks among the top 10 cities globally in JLL’s City Momentum Index, moving up the list and coming in at 5th in the world.

The Index tracks a broad range of factors to identify those cities which possess the… Read More

Where Boston falls in the new typology of World Cities

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In today’s highly connected and globalized world, it no longer makes sense to see all cities as in competition with each other. Cities now share roles and aspirations with other similar cities, and a new grouping of cities has emerged as a result. Our latest JLL Research Report “World Cities: Mapping the Pathways to Success” benchmarks these new types of city groups against their shared strengths and challenges.

Based on the original three… Read More

Partnering with MIT to drive innovations in CRE

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A little over a year ago, we expanded our longtime relationship with the MIT Center for Real Estate and became a founding industry partner of their new Real Estate Innovation Lab. With our shared mission and passion for innovation and real estate, this partnership proved a synergistic opportunity for both our organizations.

“Our partnership with MIT and the learnings that we get from just being in this innovation ecosystem gives us an… Read More

From military base to innovation ecosystem

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From Mike Travaline
Public Institutions Associate

Once upon a time, Fort Devens was a temporary cantonment for training soldiers during World War I and later a U.S. Army Reserve. Today, the area roughly 40 miles Northwest of Boston has become a growing technology and manufacturing hub. Look no further than Quiet Logistics as proof. The company, which occupies over 400,000 square feet in Devens,… Read More

The workplace experience offsets location cost

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In our recent Tech Office Trends report, we explored six of the top trends impacting the real estate decisions of tech companies. One of the more notable trends was the thought of cost being irrelevant in terms of office location.

Even though Boston’s tech fit out cost is eight percent over the U.S. average, the market is still ranked number six for greatest absolute gain in tech employees in 2016. Major companies… Read More

Talent is key driver in Boston’s tech growth

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With the technology industry’s continued expansion beyond the west coast, Boston’s status as one of the nation’s prime technology hubs is on the rise. Although office location still proves to be a main factor for tech development, the potential talent available in these locations is having more bearing on where these companies are looking to grow.

According to our recently released Tech Office Trends, maintaining a highly skilled workforce remains one of… Read More