Housing to take centre stage at MIPIM 2016

Residential property will be front and centre at next year’s MIPIM in Cannes, with the event’s main theme being “Housing the World.”

353665-500x315Rising pressure on housing in major cities as rural populations head to urban conurbations will be a key focus, says organiser Reed MIDEM, as will the the development of residential as an investment asset class, and the need to review construction practices.

MIPIM 2016 will take place in Cannes from March 15-18.

The event will look at housing from three different perspectives:

  • There will be a focus on urban development, where the issues of public vs. private sector requirements, density, infrastructure, responsibility and policy, will culminate in a conference entitled, “How to build a livable future whilst maintaining growth targets?” (Thursday, March 17).
  • From an investment angle, a debate on whether housing is an asset that investors are now willing to include in their portfolios will form the basis of a dedicated conference session entitled, “Residential asset class: how and where to invest?” (Thursday, March 17).
  • And delegates will also discuss what the homes of the future will look like… This ever-evolving question will incorporate architecture, innovation, mixed-use vs pure residential and the impact of climate change. (“Tomorrow’s buildings: high, clean, smart, mixed?” Wednesday, March 16th)

As housing cultures vary from country to country throughout the world (renting vs buying, houses vs apartments, city-centre vs suburbs…), all housing-themed panel sessions will have a wide variety of nationalities speaking to insure that attendees get a truly global perspective of the housing situation from its various angles.

American consultancy McKinsey & Company will be publishing a “housing” white paper featuring information collected from industry experts during MIPIM 2016, and there will also be a series of events alongside the main conference under the “housing” umbrella, including the Mayor’s Think Tank, which will assemble international local authority leaders attending MIPIM to share and compare best practices in this domain, and an international housing networking do.

Julien Sausset, Director of MIPIM: “While investors may have looked at the idea of investing in housing in the past, increasing population movement and concentration, as well as social and environmental evolution and the need for sustainable urban development, means that the residential sector is of increasing economic, political and social importance”.