Futuristic Construction Technologies – Transparent Aluminum

For decades, chemical engineers have dreamed of a material that combines the strength and durability of metal with the crystal-clear purity of glass. Such a “clear metal” could be used to construct towering glass-walled skyscrapers that require less internal support. Secure military buildings could install thin transparent metal windows impervious to the highest-caliber artillery fire. […]

Carbon Nanotubes – The Future Of Construction

Carbon nanotubes have the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any material on Earth and can be stretched a million times longer than their thickness. A nanometer is one-billionth of a meter. A single sheet of paper is 100,000 nanometers. To construct materials at the “nano” scale would seem impossible, but scientists and engineers have successfully created tubes of carbon with […]

Next Big Thing In Construction – Robotics

Automation has revolutionized factory work. Now researchers have their sights set on construction – The open dome looks like a foam igloo rising from the asphalt. It’s a design that would have been tough for construction workers to build quickly using traditional methods. But it’s not a problem for the DCP — a Digital Construction Platform built […]

6 emerging real estate markets

The uneven global recovery that followed the 2008 housing crash has fueled a new crop of luxury housing markets. Politics, currency rates and potential economic growth are the top influencers when identifying real estate markets ripe with opportunity, according to Dan Conn, CEO of Christie’s International Real Estate, which just released its annual luxury real estate […]

Crowdsourcing Expands World of Corporate Real Estate Investing

Would you invest in a 40-year-old warehouse in Avon with no control over how it’s run or when it might be sold? Twelve investors did just that, pooling together about $250,000 to join an investment group that bought the warehouse last year for $14.3 million. Crowdfunding has mostly been associated with tech startups and inventors, […]

How To Change Your Life Dramatically In 2016

A big difference between kids and adults is that kids are not embarrassed to say “I’d like to be as astronaut and go to the moon” or “I’d like to invent something amazing and change the world.” Most adults don’t say things like that. They say things like “I’d like to finally get a big-screen […]

Real Estate Development – Mission To Success

Relationships: Relationships are an absolute must, and they take time to develop. A developer must have relationships with bankers, attorneys, tenants, equity sources, general contractors, civil engineers, architects, brokers, appraisers and others. My grandfather used to say that a developer is like a movie producer who brings a successful team together to create a successful […]

How to keep your clients safe in a data-driven business

Is there a more mobile, data-driven business than real estate? It’s a business in which folks on both sides of a transaction are often on-the-go, time is of the essence and emotions are high. Indeed, connecting with customers on the fly and managing sensitive transaction data — securely, swiftly and easily — is a key component of […]

Reality Check Reins In $20 Billion Dubai Mall Development

When Morgan Parker was asked by one of Dubai’s biggest developers to review their $20 billion plan to build the world’s largest mall and 100 hotels to surround it, he took it back to the drawing board. The former head of the Rockefeller family’s Rose Rock real estate firm recommended a scaled-down plan for Dubai Holding LLC’s […]

How to get your brain moving with physical activity

The notion that the brain you were born with is the one you are stuck with for life is outdated. As it turns out, the brain can literally reconstruct itself to meet any challenge. It comes from ” The Brain’s Way of Healing” by Dr. Norman Doidge. The book discusses new research into neuroplasticity, which is […]