MIPIM – the leading international real estate event to be held in Cannes from March 14 to 17 – will once again this year give ample space to the theme of environmental sustainability. The shift in building towards an eco-compatible model is a crucial challenge for future homes and cities.
The U.S. sociologist and economist Jeremy Rifkin will give an opening talk on the subject. His participation reaffirms MIPIM’s role as a touchstone for those trying to get oriented in a complex and uncertain economic context. Rifkin’s over 20 bestselling books, his consulting for leading companies in the renewable energy and electrification sectors and for representatives of advanced production and business models have made him one of the most influential thinkers of the third industrial revolution. He will analyze the impact of technical-scientific innovation and digital infrastructures on society, the economy, and the environment.
The issue of sustainability will also be explored in its more tangible aspects tied to the construction of buildings less dependent on fossil fuels. A new 400 sq. m. area will be dedicated to these issues, called Road to Zero, where the largest stakeholders in this process – investors, builders, industrial businesses, and service providers – will come together.
Another first for the 2023 event will be the MIPIM Co-Liv Summit, slated for the day before the official opening. The new event will focus on the growing trend of co-living, i.e. sharing residential spaces. There will also be a discussion of the legal framework for building in co-living spaces that interweave private and public life, expressing new models of community and offering a possible solution to the housing shortages in cities.
The traditional MIPIM Awards will be presented on March 16 at the Palais des Festivals. In addition to the usual criteria, this year the jury will specifically consider how projects have sought to pursue environmental impact reduction and ESG objectives.