Creating vibrant cities and places that support social, economic, and environmental value.

Avison Young and the WEF community explore the opportunities and priorities influencing commercial real estate, productive workplaces, and prosperous communities.

Founding Steering Committee member for the 2023 WEF Baukultur Alliance

2024 Social Value Task Force led by Avison Young WEF Fellows

Adoption of the WEF 10 Green Building Principles and 2040 Net Zero target

The new starter home is a rental

Rising rents and home costs are placing a diminishing supply of housing options out of reach for many low- and middle-income households.

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How to build successful regeneration schemes

Urban regeneration projects prioritize social value, but confusion around the concept is a challenge that public-private partnerships must navigate together. This framework can help.

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The rise of social value

Dr. Eime Tobari, WEF Fellow and Global Director of Social Value, on creating positive impact through real estate and new partnerships for economic growth and community benefit.

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Why social value is the key to unlocking urban transformation

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of our towns and cities face unprecedented challenges of inequality and urban decline. The good news is that we are also seeing a sea-change in the attitude of the private sector in helping to tackle these problems, embracing the role it can play in driving transformational urban regeneration.

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Davos 2024 Highlights: Key Insights for CRE

For the commercial real estate industry, many of the key topics of conversation at WEF – from responsible AI to better public-private partnerships to place-based innovation – will be core trends that drive our industry forward in the coming years.

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Case study: U.S. Coal-powered plants are permanently closing. Are we ready?

For nearly 100 years, the coal-fired power plant on the shore of Lake Erie in the city of Avon Lake, Ohio has served as an economic backbone to the city, providing jobs to residents and significant tax revenues for city service and local schools. What happens now?

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