Modus Asia edition, Q1 2018

Oliver Parsons

Editor of Modus (RICS)

Welcome to the first edition of Modus Asia in this, RICS’ 150th celebratory year.

Modus Asia edition, Q1 2018

To mark the occasion, we look back over 150 years of history in Asia through the eyes of the surveying profession, and cast our eyes forward to see how built environment professionals are literally and figuratively shaping the continent as it undergoes a period of unprecedented and rapid change.

In this edition

Chief risk officers work across all departments of local government, banging heads together to learn about the particular threats that their city faces. We speak to CROs on three continents to discover how this role can work to strengthen urban areas’ ability to respond to disaster.

They’re ugly, take up valuable space and becoming increasingly obsolete - could we be putting multistorey car parks to better use?

And in our cover feature, we speak to urbanists, leaders and economists about the growing power of city regions. As they become wealthier and more international in their outlook, how will that affect their relationships at a local and national scale?

And finally, two experts debate how best to protect flood-prone cities such as Mumbai; Savills’ Chris Marriott FRICS discusses digitisation; we look at the challenges RICS members faced building the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge; and our legal expert compares REIT regimes across the continent.

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