The Excitement is Building – MIT/CRE's 25th Anniversary Lecture Series Continues to San Francisco
Posted March 3, 2010
Despite a rainy San Francisco morning, about thirty-five professionals and alumni attended the latest talk in MIT/CRE's 25th Anniversary series – this double bill featuring MIT Professors Bish Sanyal and Bill Wheaton.
Hosted on February 23 by San Francisco's AMB Property Corporation, and introduced by Hamid Moghadam CEE '77, Chairman and CEO of AMB, the talks explored MIT's global initiatives and more broadly considered current industrial and office markets.
Professor Bish Sanyal of MIT's Department of Urban Studies and Planning focused on MIT's global plan – of particular interest because global outreach is one of the Center's key initiatives. Professor Sanyal presented a Power Point slide show (pdf, 1M) that weighed the most effective ways that MIT could extend its global reach – through international scholars and students coming to Cambridge and/or through collaborations the Institute could establish with international organizations.
Professor Bill Wheaton, who holds a joint professorship in both the MIT Department of Economics and the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, offered his take on the current outlook for industrial and office markets. Employment offers the greatest uncertainty at present, but aside from that, Wheaton was generally optimistic. The dramatic overbuilding that characterized early downturns in the market is not a part of the current dynamic – a positive indicator.
Next stops for the series are New York (4/29) and Washington, D.C. (6/3) -- watch our homepage for details and updates!