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Former Treasury Secretary to speak at Summit of Americas Dr Lawrence H Summers, one of the US’ leading economists, will be the headline speaker at RICS’ Summit of the Americas, taking place next month from 3-5 April in Washington DC and incorporating the inaugural World Built Environment Forum. Summers is the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and President Emeritus at Harvard University. He was Secretary of the Treasury during the Clinton administration and served as director of the White House National Economic Council under President Barack Obama. Summers will deliver a keynote speech on the economy, and moderate a panel discussion on asset price dynamics. For more information on the Summit, turn to p50. RICS Research Trust invites entries for £20,000 grant The RICS Research Trust is now accepting applications for its May round of funding and will be awarding up to £20,000 for successful entries. The defined call topics are: “New money in the countryside; good news all round?” and “Freedom to reuse property; a fiscal give-away?” For more details on the topics, and to fill out an application form, go to rics.org/researchtrust. The deadline for entries is 25 March. Coleman cuts mustard as new Chair for RICS Oceania RICS Oceania has appointed Murray Coleman FRICS as the Chair of the Oceania World Regional Board. Coleman is group head of operational risk at Lend Lease and has nearly 30 years’ experience in senior roles across the business. He is a professorial fellow at the University of Melbourne in the faculty of Architecture, Building & Planning.

SPATIAL AWARENESS Users can tailor the map to view sites that have been earmarked for future development

The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework What’s that? Open-data maps are incredibly useful tools for knowing exactly what is around us in the built environment – from the location of schools and leisure centres, to where gas, electricity or rail lines run. The data can help planners and developers weigh up the costs and benefits of building in a particular location. The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework map goes a step further, though, by also mapping out future housing and construction sites. It has been created to help ensure that land is available in the right places to deliver the homes and jobs the city will need up to 2035. How does it work? Users can display developments that might be delivered by 2019, 2024 or 2035, such as planned housing schemes, or new industrial and warehouse spaces. Although not all the sites shown have planning permission, the Greater Manchester Authority asked users to earmark sites of potential development to check against its long-term targets for homes and working spaces. Comments on individual sites were also welcomed, for example, on the number of new dwellings that they could accommodate. What’s next? The Greater Manchester Spatial Framework will be formally published in 2017. Moreover, the creation of a statutory spatial framework is also being lined up, under the strategic planning powers of Greater Manchester’s new directly elected mayor. It is hoped this type of interactive open-source map can be utilised by more city authorities to help plan for future growth and investment, and change in the best possible way. bit.ly/manchesterframework

ON RECORD At the root of this problem are cold, poorly insulated homes CAROLINE ABRAHAMS Age UK Charity Age UK has calculated that over the last 60 years there have been 2.5 million avoidable deaths among older people in England and Wales due to the winter cold.

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The policy is expected to boost housing demand by 90 million m2 every year NICHOLAS HOLT MRICS Knight Frank The easing of China’s decades-old one-child policy is expected to provide tremendous stimulus to the country’s housing market.

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RICS Modus, Global edition — March 2016  

#RICSModus, March 2016 — the FRONTIERS issue. A perfect storm of job losses during the last – property-led – recession, an aging workforce,...

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