Munich at the Expo Real 2016 property trade fair
(7.10.16) The Munich stand at Expo Real was once again well-frequented by the trade audience in attendance in 2016. Some 9,000 visitors stopped by to find out about the latest developments, size up the potential of Munich's property market and discuss new trends in the real estate industry.
No fewer than eleven events were hosted on the Munich stand, including a number of podium discussions in which representatives of local government took part.
City Councilor Professor Elisabeth Merk debated the topic of “smart cities” with a panel of property experts. The City of Munich is tackling the subject of digitization with several pilot projects in the north of the city, on its western outskirts and in the city center. The issues involved include smart mobility, smart data platforms, neighborhood apps, smart power networks and a smart alliance for energy system refurbishment. “As we develop the city, we want to keep control of the digital technologies used,” Councilor Merk explained. “That is why we are piloting these promising trends in specific locations. We will then bring together the findings of Munich's model projects and channel them into sustainable concepts that can also be applied to wider areas.”
Many of the discussions and podium events on the Munich stands addressed the question of how Munich can continue to prosper while still remaining a place where people feel happy and at home. On the subject of scarce space for development, densification and mixed use were among the key issues that were hotly debated. Close proximity to the Munich Metropolitan Region stand underscored the close links that exist between the surrounding municipalities and the Bavarian capital. This topic was also raised in a podium discussion on Munich as an economic region, where the main focus was on potential space that is still open to development.
Spearheaded by the Department of Labor and Economic Development, the City of Munich and its 30 partners this year participated in the property trade fair for the 19th time. The concept behind the Munich stand was clearly very well received by visitors to the fair.
About Expo Real
Expo Real, Europe's biggest international property trade fair, is held once a year at the Munich exhibition center. 38,000 participants from 75 countries attended Expo Real 2016.
Next year, Expo Real will be back in Munich from October 4-6, 2017.