Conference on a Sustainable Built Environment Focuses on Big Data Disruption
The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Center for the Sustainable Built Environment will host its third Annual Conference on Sustainable Real Estate, titled “Big Data and Disruptive Innovation: Is the Real Estate Industry Next?” on Thursday, February 21.
The Conference, which will take place at the New York University Kimmel Center, is expected to draw hundreds of industry professionals, environmental advocates, and academics. It will explore the opportunities embedded in the growing volume of data generated within cities, a phenomenon known as “big data.” Big data has already been transformative in industries and activities from retail and healthcare to political campaigns.
Leaders from the private, public, and academic sectors will discuss how real estate professionals can take advantage of big data analytics and informatics to enhance their ability to understand, measure and improve the sustainability and efficiency of real estate markets and create new investment opportunities.
“The power of big data is already being used in other industries, so this conference will help real estate professionals learn more about what it is, how it can be used to create new value, and what it means for the future of real estate in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability,” said Conference Chair Dr. Constantine E. Kontokosta, P.E., FRICS, director of the NYU Schack Center for the Sustainable Built Environment. “Our panelists will use real-world examples and case studies to show how big data can assist us in measuring social and environmental impacts of new development and how we can use data to accelerate the shift to more sustainable real estate markets”
The morning keynote speaker is Dr. Jed Kolko, Chief Economist and Head of Analytics for Trulia, Inc. The lunchtime keynote speaker is David Miller, the Future of Cities Global Fellow from the Polytechnic Institute of New York University, former Chair of the C40 Cities, and the former Mayor of Toronto.
The Conference co-chairs include Keith Besserud, AIA, Black Box Studio, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Stuart Brodsky, visiting clinical assistant professor, NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate; Ursula Hartenberger, global head of sustainability, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Brett Leonhardt, LEED AP, director of design & development, Benchmark RE Group and Dr. Chris Pyke, vice president research, US Green Building Council.
The Conference will feature four panels which will present case studies from a range of industries that demonstrate how data-driven decision making and emerging business models can lead to innovations within the real estate industry—from design and construction to development and asset management.
- Panel 1: “Big Data: What Is It and What Can It Do?” – Moderated by Skidmore Owings & Merrill’s Keith Besserud, the panel includes: IBM Research’s Dr. Jurij Paraszczak, DataKind’s Dr. Jake Porway, Control Group’s Robert Richardson, and New York University’s Dr. Claudio Silva.
- Panel 2: “Making an Impact: Sustainability, Resilience, and the Power of Information” – Moderated by NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate’s Stuart Brodsky, the panel includes: Cushman & Wakefield’s Eric Duchon, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Dr. Noah Goldstein, ULI Greenprint Center’s Helen Gurfel, Institute of Market Transformation’s Cliff Majersik, and U.S. EPA Energy Star’s Alexandra Sullivan.
- Panel 3: “Disruptive Business Models and Technologies” – Moderated by US Green Building Council’s Dr. Chris Pyke, the panel includes: Xtify Inc.’s Michael Bordash, New York City Office of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Michael Flowers, and Edison Properties’ Matthew Maron.
- Panel 4: “Can Better Information Make Responsible Investment the Next Big Thing?” – Moderated by Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ Ursula Hartenberger, the panel includes: Rudin Management Company, Inc.’s John Gilbert III, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology’s Dr. David Lorenz, Jones Lang LaSalle’s Peter Miscovich, and CBRE, Inc.’s David Pogue.
The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the world’s leading professional body for qualifications and standards in land, property and construction and long-time supporter of the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment annual conference, is the event’s Benefactor sponsor.
About the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate
The NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate (www.scps.nyu.edu/schack) was founded in 1967, at the initiative of prominent real estate leaders who encouraged NYU to establish an academic center that provided an educational foundation for professionals within their industry. Today, NYU Schack is home to graduate degree and related graduate certificate programs—notably the M.S. in Real Estate, the M.S. in Construction Management, and the M.S. in Real Estate Development—which enroll some 700 full- and part-time students from more than 30 countries and have nearly 2,500 alumni degree-holders around the globe. In addition, each year approximately 7,200 working professionals enroll in the Institute’s professional certificate programs, noncredit courses, and licensure-related offerings in such areas as real estate finance, sales and brokerage, sustainable design, facilities management, and architecture and civil engineering. The Institute also houses the NYU REIT Center and the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment and hosts key industry events, including annual conferences on Real Estate Capital Markets and REITs. NYU Schack is one of several comprehensive academic divisions within the School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS), the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally.
About the Center for the Sustainable Built Environment
The Center for the Sustainable Built Environment (http://www.scps.nyu.edu/sbe/) was created to respond to the urgent need to bridge the knowledge gap between theories of sustainability and their application in real estate development, investment, and management. The mission of the SBE is to provide a multidisciplinary, collaborative platform to foster innovation and advance the practice of sustainability in the real estate and construction industries through applied research, education, and outreach. The SBE brings together academic, industry, and public sector leaders to address the most pressing issues related to climate change, resource efficiency, and the built environment. In addition to its research program and annual conference, the SBE hosts an annual student competition, a speaker series, and provides a range of graduate and executive education offerings in the field of sustainable real estate.