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UrbaNext: The Future of Living

UrbaNext, by Bloomberg Quint and Puravankara, aims to decode the future of living in Indian urban zones, through insights from the intersecting worlds of technology, urban planning, and real estate. This 6-episode series will feature distinguished and expert voices sharing their experience and insights on trends, challenges, and opportunities in India’s future cities.

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Featuring: Padma Bhushan Hafeez Contractor, Architect

Driven by innovation: Reimaging our future cities

The episode outlines the need for striving towards sustainable, intelligent, and people-centric solutions for our future cities. It features distinguished urban planner Hafeez Contractor in conversation with Govindraj Ethiraj over the key trends in India’s urban planning that are likely to shape our homes and urban zones over the coming decades.

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Featuring: Avinash Gautam, CEO - Silvan Innovation Labs

Tech disruptors of real estate: Connected Living & New-Age Construction Technology

With rapid advances in technology, buildings are no longer perceived merely as brick and mortar. Organizations are beginning to rethink the role facilities play in achieving their sustainability goals, optimizing their workforce productivity and improving resident health. The episode discusses how existing and emerging technologies including AI, VR and blockchain among others are disrupting traditional real estate and city planning.

Driven by innovation: Reimaging our future cities
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Featuring: Amanda Puravankara, Director - Provident Housing Ltd and Hansi Mehrotra – Founder, The Money Hans

Ladies first: From influencer to primary buyer

Preferential home loan schemes, convenience of co-borrowing and other kinds of support for first-time home buyers are empowering more women to invest in real estate. As per a 2019 TransUnion CIBIL report, successful credit applications by women borrowers marked a 48 percent growth between 2015 and 2018, as compared to 35% for males. The episode discusses reasons fuelling women to take the in investing in real estate.

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Millennials and ownership: Marketing real estate to the subscription generation

The millennial population is not just increasing in size but also in its economic footprint and will be a dominant force in the real estate market in the next five years. This is both a challenge and an exciting opportunity for the developers to reach new prospects, including exploring trends like micro-homes, co-living spaces and virtual open houses.

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Designed to decongest: How smart planning can help cities breathe

Rising pollution level, urban flooding, and contaminated water resources are threatening to make our cities unlivable. How can technology, intelligent design, and smart policy play a role? The episode discusses possible solutions in urban re-design, from real estate players, urban planners, and citizen groups.

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Emerging trends in real-estate investment

A rapid rise in the number of HNIs, increased aspirations, transforming lifestyle and investment interest from NRIs, along with changes in policy and introduction of investment tools like REITs have redefined real estate investment in the country in recent times. The episode looks at the future of real estate from the perspective of future investor / buyers and how developers can cater to this evolving demographic.

Driven by innovation: Reimaging our future cities

About
the host

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Govind Ethiraj

Founder, Ping Digital Broadcast

Govind Ethiraj is a renowned TV & print journalist and founder of Ping Digital Broadcast, an online multi-channel network. He is also the founder of IndiaSpend.com and Factchecker.in, two public-interest journalism websites.


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Puravankara Limited

Puravankara Limited is one of India’s leading listed real estate company headquartered in Bengaluru. Weaving customer-centricity into the core of its brand essence and philosophy, Puravankara is entering its 45th year, and takes the Indian dream one-step further by building not just homes, but offering unique solutions and ideas that goes beyond four walls.

In the last four decades (45 years) the company has established two distinct and successfulbrands on Indian real estate map. The flagship brand Puravankara caters to the premium end ofthe spectrum, while the Provident brand is positioned in the premium affordable segment.Driven to create better homes for people and having understood the lack of high-qualityaffordable luxury living spaces led to the establishment of Provident Housing Limited, in 2008.The company is one of the first to own an independent brand focusing on affordable housing.The brand has also introduced the in-house construction arm, for backward integration -Starworth Infrastructure and Construction Limited (SICL). Puravankara is also one of the first(developers) in India to secure FDI in real estate.

Today, Puravankara has a presence across India - Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Chennai, Kochi,Coimbatore, Mangaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, Pune and Goa with an overseas presence in GCC andSri Lanka.
Customer-centricity at Puravankara is not limited to just brick and mortar but also takes into account the needs of the customer, which form the core of every decision made. Understanding the demand for Smart homes, Puravankara introduced BluNex life - NexGen Intelligent Homes in collaboration with Google, making the brand one of the early adopters in the home automation space.

Puravankara excels in luxury and theme-based projects, drawing inspiration from the best in the world. Recently, the brand launched a new residential line which redefined luxury living in residential space. WorldHome Collections in the ultra-luxury space aims at providing a holistic living experience to its customers.
The Puravankara Group with its sharp foresight, adopted innovative technology and latest developments in construction science much ahead of time, which has helped accelerate execution and delivered quality products. Over the years, brand Puravankara has grown from strength to strength and has completed close to 41 million square feet (both Puravankara and Provident) out of which 65 are residential and 5 are commercial projects; and Provident Housing Ltd., has launched over 20 million square feet of projects out of which close to 10 million square feet have been completed and delivered to over 20,000 happy and satisfied homeowners. This accounts for making Puravankara one of the largest residential brand in real estate industry.