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City Shapers 2018: A Year in Review


Over the past year, The Urban Developer has connected with the creators and custodians of Australia's built environment through a series of conversations.

The City Shapers podcast navigated some of the major talking points within the industry over 2018, identifying and unpacking the major challenges and opportunities ahead.

The Urban Developer's founder Adam Di Marco engaged in some thought-provoking discussions with a collection of corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, designers and place-makers, innovators and disrupters shaping our urban landscape.

Guests shared their opinions on a number of forces changing the nature of the property and construction industry here in Australia.

A total of seven bite-sized episodes were recorded across the year at a number of different locations around the country.

So, enjoy our wrap up of some of the most insightful industry voices helping to create the Australia of tomorrow.

Related: Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane's Property Markets: 2018 in Review


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Bolstered by an efficient team, Adrian Pozzo has overseen a range of ambitious developments for Cbus Property.

Cbus Property is the investment and management arm of Cbus, Australia’s largest super fund for the building and construction industry.

Cbus Property has grown into one of Australia’s leading businesses with a portfolio of commercial, residential and industrial projects worth over $3 billion.

Pozzo has overseen projects like 1 William Street in Brisbane, a 75,000sq m commercial office building and the Newmarket development in Sydney.

This provision of affordable and social housing is part of Cbus Property’s broader efforts to help address housing affordability concerns.

Related: Cbus Property's $1.25bn Collins Arch on Track


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Anthony Millet is the chief executive of the disruptive Australian property platform, BrickX.

BrickX is a fractional investment platform that has democratised the property investment platform for all Australians.

BrickX has received an investment from Westpac’s Reinventure Group and was recently awarded a suite of awards from Canstar, AREA and Fintech business.

Currently, the platform has 10,000 active users, with 40,000 people who are signed up with a profile.

The platform allows users to purchase fragments of properties brick by brick with every property split into 10,000 units (in a unit trust).

The platform has initiated a change in Australians' attitudes towards property, essentially allowing buyers to invest in property without saving up thousands for a deposit, at the same time letting them benefit from their chosen property investment's returns.

Related: 5 Minutes With...Anthony Millet of BrickX


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Brent Thompson managing director of Brisbane-based property developer Siera Group has built a highly respected development business in a very short time.

Brent's experience and knowledge of construction have allowed him to identify efficiencies in construction delivering high-end results with a number of boutique projects currently under-way across the inner south of Brisbane.

Driven by a passion for excellence and a burning desire to build a company that is synonymous with quality, Brent Thompson founded Siera Group in 2014.

Since then, Siera has gained a reputation for exceeding expectations in every aspect of development delivery.

Related: Green Shoots in Brisbane Apartment Market


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We spoke to Nerida Conisbee chief economist of REA Group, asking her what exactly is a property market and what are its key drivers?

After a career leading the research departments of some of Australia’s major real estate houses, Nerida joined REA Group, the parent company is listing website realestate.com.au, as chief economist.

With over five million Australians using the website every month (that’s one in four of us) Nerida has a pretty good sense of what’s happening in our markets.

With a wealth of data at her fingertips, Nerida marries the fundamental market drivers of a real estate market with the way we behave online to extract unparalleled insight.

Related: REA Wins ACCC Approval to Expand Property Data Business


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David Scalzo managing director of Perri Projects has journeyed from commercial agent to the head of a family business with more than $3 billion of projects under management.

Charged with steering the direction of one of Melbourne’s leading family property businesses, David draws upon his experience in the industry to build upon his firm’s vision of delivering "carefully considered spaces of timeless quality".

In this episode, David explains the nature of Perri Projects' unique partnership model to develop large and complex projects as well as their analytical approach to identifying new project opportunities.

David also sheds light on the future of Melbourne over the next few decades and how the development industry can capitalise on the change.

Related: Perri Projects Wins Approval for $150m Melbourne Tower


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With over 20 years of experience across a broad range of property sectors, Alceon Queensland executive director Todd Pepper explores the idea of "finding value in real estate".

Todd specialises in the area of Real Estate finance, feasibility analysis and transaction management with particular skills in development management and deal origination.

As the head of the Queensland arm of Alceon, a private equity real estate group with direct and indirect interests in the property sector, Todd talks to the factors contribute to the disconnect between risk and return as well as deficiencies in regulation creating potential investment opportunities.

Related: Gurner, Alceon and Barana Group Partner up to Develop St Kilda Novotel Site


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Both very simple and infinitely complex, food is an extremely powerful factor in our lives with the ability to shape cities and create urban trends.

Future Food managing director Francis Loughran is no stranger to

A self-confessed food junkie with a lifetime of experience in the food and hospitality industry, Francis established Future Food as Australia’s global food and hospitality consultancy.

Working with developers, owners and their project teams, Francis and his team advise clients all over the world on how to create memorable experiences through food and beverage offerings.

Related: Sydney Restaurants Grew 45% Over the Last Decade


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