Modus Asia edition, Q1 2016

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus (RICS)

Risk versus reward: it’s an age-old conflict ever-present in the worlds of economics and finance.


Many factors can contribute to the success or failure of a real estate development or investment and, as more investors pile into the market in search of a safe haven for their money, how far up the risk curve should they be travelling to secure a decent return?

In this edition, we examine how professionals working in the built environment sectors approach these risks, and learn from surveyors who have had to react to such situations.

Asia in focus

Also in this edition, we take a look at the lightning fast growth of many Asian cities, and ask what measures can be taken to ensure that we create places that are healthy and sustainable… instead of congested, polluted and sprawling.

Meanwhile, on the subject of sustainability, our lead columnist this issue is architect Raefer Wallis, who writes on his inspiring experience using ultra low carbon rammed earth in China and Sri Lanka.

We also collar two leading experts on the Hong Kong housing market and ask them for their opinion on residential real estate in the city: is the market a bubble, and if so, when will it burst?

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