Real estate development is a significant factor in shaping the built environment. It shapes the
way people live and work, and by doing so determines and enables human activity and its
evolution. Around the globe, real estate development forms a contemporary reflection of
societal needs and the market demand in particular geographies. Nonetheless, due to globalization we increasingly witness similar needs and demands for space despite institutional
differences existing between countries and cities. Within each context real estate development
is concerned with innovations, such as introducing new forms of development finance, setting
up new types of development partnerships, or incorporating sustainable solutions within
development processes. As such, the practice and science of real estate development are subject
to constant change, reflected in a diversity of topics that are addressed in both academic
publications and professional practice. As an applied and practice-oriented science, real estate
development studies provide answers to current and future societal questions and market needs,
and by nature can be seen as a multidisciplinary endeavor. These intriguing notions ask for a
better understanding of the real estate development phenomenon in all its complexity.
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