Harvard Real Estate Review Issue 8 – Launch Webinar

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We hope that everyone is staying safe, healthy, and well during these extraordinary and unsettling times. Now, more than ever, is the time that we come together as a community to actively understand, discuss, and address the very issues surrounding our world and communities today.

The AY 19-20 Editorial Board of the Harvard Real Estate Review is pleased to share that we have recently published our 8th issue, entitled “Adaptation and Evolution.” In addition to the real estate theme, we envision the publication as a starting point to address the many challenges and opportunities that stem out of our cities and the built environment today. The Review explores the intersections between real estate, cities, technology, and design, the topics range from community resilience to innovative housing solutions, from public-private developments to climate-ready design. We’d like to thank our donors for the Dean’s Fund for Real Estate, our Faculty Advisor and Editorial Team, as well as our group of authors and commentators, for their continued support and contributions.

In lieu of our traditional launch party, the remote nature of all communications these days has enabled us to gather our editors, authors, and commentators under the same “roof,” curating a series of moderated discussions that both reflect and celebrate the published articles and contemplate their current relevance. The discussions will be followed by a moderated Q&A session, during which the audience can directly interact with panelists.


Event Details

This event will take place on Zoom. Please click this link to access the Zoom: https://harvard.zoom.us/j/98066157419



Picking Winners and Losers in PropTech
Author: Iryna Papalamava (MBA ’18)
Commentator: David Gerster Vice President, JLL Spark Global Venture Fund

Preserving Ownership through Community Land Trust
Author: Aneliese Palmer (MPP ‘21)
Commentator: David Luberoff Deputy Director, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies

Cross-Border Investments in Shenzhen and Bangladesh
Author: Mamun Uz Zoha (MDes REBE ‘19)
Commentator: Richard Peiser Professor, Co-Director of MUP, Harvard GSD

Pre-Fabrication and The Housing Crisis in Hong Kong
Author: Jeremy Pi (MUP ‘19)
Commentator: Bing Wang Associate Professor, Co-Head of MDes REBE, Harvard GSD

Disaster Management for Community and Housing Organizations
Author: Susanna Pho (MDes RR ‘19)
Commentator: Maria Cabildo Principal, Fireflower Partners; Former President & CEO, ELACC

Public-Private Citymaking Bonifacio Global City, Manila
Author: Veronica Cardenas Vignes (MAUD ‘19)
Commentator: Jackson T. Anderson Real Estate & Economic Researcher
Michael J. Seiler Professor, William & Mary; Visiting Scholar, Harvard GSD

Author: Sam Adkisson & Hiroki Kawashima (MAUD ‘19)
Commentator: David Gamble Lecturer, Harvard GSD; Principal, Gamble Associates



David Gerster

David Gerster is an investor with the JLL Spark Global Venture Fund, a $100M early stage proptech fund. Before moving to VC, David led teams in business intelli­gence, A/B testing, and machine learning, with specific focus on the consumer web. At Yahoo, he led the project to collect billions of anonymized Toolbar clickstreams, which were used to create new features for production web search ranking. At Groupon, he built an elite data science team that trained the first machine-learned ranking models for the Groupon mobile app. He recently led JLL Spark’s investment in OpenSpace, a construction technology startup.


David Luberoff

David Luberoff is Deputy Director of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Stud­ies. He has also been a Lecturer on Sociology at Harvard University, Senior Project Advisor to the Boston Area Research Initiative at Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Executive Director of Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Associate Director of HKS’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and editor of The Tab, which was greater Boston’s largest group of weekly newspapers. The author of many articles and case studies on the politics of infrastructure and land-use policies, he is the co-author (with Alan Altshuler) of Mega-Projects: The Changing Politics of Urban Public Investment, which was named 2003’s best book on urban politics by the American Political Science Association’s urban section.


Bing Wang

Dr. Bing Wang is Associate Professor in Practice of Real Estate and the Built Environ­ment and faculty Head for Master of Design Real Estate and the Built Environment at the Harvard GSD. Her published books include The Architectural Profession of Modern China (2011), Prestige Retail: Design and Development (2014), and The Global Leadership in Real Estate and Design (2015). She is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Sustainable Real Estate, the Journal of Planning Theory and Practice and Journal of German Real Estate. Dr. Wang bridges the fields of design and real estate and brings global experiences as a executive and principle for multi-national investment and development companies. She practices real estate and urban design in the US and China and has advised private organizations, government agencies as well as real estate companies in the US, China, Japan, Saudi Arabia and around the world. She is on the Steering Committee of Harvard China Fund, on the board of the Chinese Society of Urban Studies and is an elected Board Director for the American Real Estate Society. Jeremy Pi’s article emerged out of Dr. Bing Wang’s class “Real Estate and City Making in China.”


Richard Peiser

Richard B. Peiser, Ph.D. is the first Michael D. Spear Professor of Real Estate Devel­opment in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD). He founded and served as the first director of the univer­sity-wide Real Estate Academic Initiative as well as the university’s highest-level real estate executive training curriculum, the Advanced Management Development Program. He is Director of the Urban Planning program and is past director of the MDes in Real Estate concentration at GSD. Before coming to Harvard, he founded the Master of Real Estate Development (MRED) Program and the Lusk Center at USC. Professor Peiser’s primary research focuses on developing an understanding of the response of real estate developers to the marketplace and to the institutional environ­ment in which they operate, particularly in the areas of urban redevelopment, affordable housing, and suburban sprawl. His current research focuses on mixed use development, urban modeling, and new towns. His book, Professional Real Estate Development: the ULI Guide to the Business, now in its third edition, is one of the Urban Land Insti­tute’s all-time best sellers. Professionally, he has developed housing, apartments, land, and industrial properties in Texas, California, and China, and has served as the lead expert witness in a series of high profile cases on affordable housing, apartment invest­ments, REITs, golf course, and master planned communities. He holds a B.A. from Yale University, and MBA from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.


Maria G. Cabildo

Maria G. Cabildo is an urban planner who became an affordable housing developer through her desire to stabilize and revitalize Los Angeles’ disinvested communities. She believes that community residents most impacted by historic disinvestment must be significant players in land use and development decision making.In 1995 Cabildo cofounded the East LA Community Corporation and served as president and CEO from 1999-2015. During her tenure, ELACC reshaped the Boyle Heights community through community organizing and affordable housing development, leveraging and investing more than $200 million. Cabildo worked in county government from 2015 until 2017, when she ran for Congress in a special election to represent California’s 34th district. She came in third, having earned the Los Angeles Times’ endorsement. She has served on state and local boards, including the Los Angeles’ Planning Commis­sion. Her consulting firm, Fireflower Partners, works with clients to spark changes for a more just and equitable world.


Jackson T. Anderson

Jackson T. Anderson is a real estate and economic researcher. His work focuses on real estate portfolio construction, with emphasis on the inclusion of private debt securities in real estate portfolios as well as other non-core assets such as hotels and self-storage. His work has been presented and published in numerous forums such of the American Real Estate Society, the Pacific Rim Real Estate Society, and in Real Estate Finance


Michael J. Seiler

Dr. Michael J. Seiler is the J. Edward Zollinger Professor of Real Estate & Finance at William & Mary. He is currently a Visiting Scholar within the GSD at Harvard University, and has been a visitor at The London School of Economics, Johns Hopkins, and The Australian National University. A former hedge fund Chief Economist, Dr. Seiler is an internationally recognized behavioral real estate researcher whose studies have been cited in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, LA Times, and Washington Post.


David Gamble

David Gamble, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, is a Lecturer in the Department of Urban Planning and Design at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He has taught studios and seminars in urban planning, urban design, real estate and representation at the GSD since 2009. David is principal of Gamble Associates, a Cambridge-based practice that focuses on urban revitalization and community development. He is co-author of “Rebuilding the American City” (Routledge Press, 2016) and has served as a reviewer of the Plimpton Poorvu Prize since the competition’s inception.



Founded in 2012 with the support from the Dean’s Fund for Real Estate, the Harvard Real Estate Review is a student-run publication that provides a forum for Harvard students to publish their interests and re­search in real estate related issues and engage in mean­ingful cross-disciplinary discourse about the real estate and the development realm. The Review’s DNA has remained unchanged throughout the evolution of the past seven editions by providing a forum for students, fac­ulties, and practitioners to communicate across divides. By bridging the gap between academia and practice, this platform aims to deepen our understanding of for­ward-looking trends and issues.The Review’s DNA has remained unchanged throughout the evolution of the past seven editions by providing a forum for students, fac­ulties, and practitioners to communicate across divides. By bridging the gap between academia and practice, this platform aims to deepen our understanding of for­ward-looking trends and issues.

We proudly present the newest edition “Adapta­tion and Evolution” with the generous support of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and our donors. The current edition is the product of 6 authors and 7 editorial team members from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Business School, who are enrolled in six different degree programs. The Review has made digital editions of all issues avail­able at https://www.harvardrealestatereview.com/. We look forward to engaging our readers, contributors, and commentators through all future publications.

For any questions regarding the event, please contact Dixi Wu ([email protected])and George Zhang ([email protected]).

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