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How has the pandemic changed our cities?

  • Explain how the pandemic has impacted cities and habits.
  • Identity the technology infrastructure needed for cities after the pandemic.
  • Identify sustainability and investment considerations.
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Approx.30min
 

Cities worldwide are embracing the power of modern technology as they grapple with the vast environmental and systemic challenges the global pandemic has brought sharply into focus. 

A report by KPMG found that the shift in global attitudes to towns and cities has meant centralised models are making way for more bespoke approaches to urban life; smart and digital.

Customer-centric solutions are replacing traditional urban planning. So, the traditional one-size-fits-all approach to urban policy and planning is becoming increasingly obsolete. 

The intentional adoption of smart, digital, experience-centric solutions have become indispensable in overcoming today’s challenges and aligning city services to the future needs and wellbeing of the public.

Tom Walker, co-head of global listed real assets at Schroders, joined FTAdviser to talk about the future of our cities, the infrastructure needed to support them and what advisers should be thinking about on behalf of their investor clients.

By the end of this video, you should be able to: 

  • explain how the pandemic has impacted cities;
  • summarise how technology is changing cities, and; 
  • illustrate what the sustainability considerations are for cities in the future.

This video is worth 30 minutes of CPD. To bank your CPD, please answer the questions below after watching the video.

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Approx.30min

Please answer the six multiple choice questions below in order to bank your CPD. Multiple attempts are available until all questions are correctly answered.

  1. At the peak of the pandemic ecommerce accounted for what proportion of all retail sales?

  2. According to Tom Walker, what are the ways in which technology is impacting cities?

  3. True or false, Tom Walker says the digital economy is any purchase or connection you might make using a digital device?

  4. Which of the factors below is NOT listed by Tom Walker as one of the attributes that defines how sustainable a city is?

  5. Why might emerging market cities be able to make a quicker leap from 3G to 5G when compared with developed market cities?

  6. Which types of assets does Tom Walker say advisers should be considering their exposure to, to make their real estate portfolios are fit for the next 10-20 years?

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You should now know…

  • Explain how the pandemic has impacted cities and habits.
  • Identity the technology infrastructure needed for cities after the pandemic.
  • Identify sustainability and investment considerations.

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