MIT Center for Real Estate 2021 World Real Estate Forum

July 13-14 Event Focuses on Resilience + Reinvention: Real estate in a time of fundamental change

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 1, 2021) – The MIT Center for Real Estate again hosts its annual World Real Estate Forum, virtually on July 13-14, 2021. The Forum is an unparalleled gathering of industry thought-leaders, distinguished MIT faculty and researchers, and real estate innovators, engaging in a wide-ranging conversation about technology, innovation and the future of the global real estate industry. The World Real Estate Forum will pay particular attention this year to pressing challenges related to climate change.

“The MIT Center for Real Estate has a storied, 35-year history of pioneering research that’s on the leading-edge of industry innovation and transformation,” said Prof. Kairos Shen, Executive Director of the MIT Center for Real Estate. “One way we achieve our mission is by uniting industry thought-leaders with the creative minds from MIT each year at the MIT Forum, for a lively and provocative conversation about the future of real estate.”
The 2021 program includes sessions on:

  • Water, Wind & Fire: Understanding the impact of climate change
  • CRE Retrofit: Decarbonzing the built environment
  • Digital Twin: How virtual buildings can make the physical more sustainable
  • Air Quality and the Value of Consumer Cities
  • A New Level of Smart: When 5G and real estate go hand-in-hand
  • (un)Real Estate: A real estate economy grows in the Metaverse

And a new program called the MIT Innovation Showcase, where attendees will learn about new innovations from across MIT’s campus, directly related to the built environment.

“The MIT Center for Real Estate sits at the intersection of technology, innovation and the built environment, making it uniquely positioned to lead the conversation about fundamental
transformation of the industry as we know it,” said Steve Weikal, Head of Industry Relations and Real Estate Tech Lead in the Real Estate Innovation Lab. “The Forum is where we get the brightest minds from around the world together in the same room to explore what commercial real estate may look like in the future.”

The World Real Estate Forum takes place virtually on Tuesday, July 13 and Wednesday, July 14, 2021. Registration and additional information about speakers and the agenda is available at

Join the conversation on Twitter – #MITworldREforum.

About the MIT Center for Real Estate
The MIT Center for Real Estate, founded in 1983, is home to the first-ever one-year Master’s of Science in Real Estate Development (MSRED) degree, as well as an integrated suite of professional development courses. The groundbreaking MSRED degree presents a program that is rigorous, concentrated, multidisciplinary, and geared toward direct application.
The MIT Center for Real Estate’s pioneering research investigates the real estate transaction from initial concept to market reality, providing breakthrough knowledge to help organizations capitalize on today’s dynamic markets and technologies.

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