Rome 22 May 2017 – how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy

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On May 22, 2017, the NRBC Netherlands Roman Business Club, organized, in close collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of The Netherlands in Rome, a very interesting and successful networking evening at the residence of his Excellency, Ambassador Joep Wijnands.

The topic of the evening was be how innovative real estate projects can requalify an urban area and stimulate the local economy.

We are honored that we had the following important speakers among us:

– Frank Uffen, Director of Partnerships of The Student Hotel (TSH). TSH is currently the most active Dutch real estate developer in Italy. Mr. Uffen illustrated us shortly how concepts like TSH (hybrid hotel/student residence) can stimulate the economy in a city district. The Student Hotel is currently working on new locations in Bologna, Florence and Rome.

– Carlo De Vito, President of FS Sistemi Urbani (the real estate company of the Italian railways). Mr. De Vito showed us redevelopment proposals of the seven “railway areas” in downtown Milan from various international architecture firms, including Mecanoo, a well-known Dutch architecture firm based in Delft, the Netherlands.

 Alessandro Belli, Head of Tourism Real Estate of CDP Investimenti SGR S.p.A. Mr. Belli presented briefly the role of his fund management company (which is owned by Cassa Depositi e Prestiti SpA, ACRI and ABI) as a potential partner for (i) the Italian public administrations (in order to boost tourism by investing in infrastructure), (ii) hotel management companies (to support growth through the separation of Opco’s/Propco’s and to favor new openings), and (iii) institutional investors (to jointly invest in tourism real estate).

– Paolo Desideri, partner of the architectural firm ABDR. Prof. Paolo Desideri shared three innovative projects realized by his firm in Italy, among which the new high-speed railway station of Rome Tiburtina. NRBC member Gijs Pyckevet, who works at ABDR, has actively participated in the design of this project.

– Adolfo F.L. Baratta, Associate Professor in Architecture Technology, Department of Architecture of the Roma Tre University. Prof. Baratta gave us a brief overview of the development of the Erasmus program in numbers of students moving within Europe in relation to student housing available in the various European cities and the Italian legal framework for the (co)financing of student residences.

Slides of the speakers’ presentations can be requested by sending an e-mail to:

The NRBC thanks Ambassador Wijnands and his wife Carmen for their hospitality and having contributed in a major manner to a very successful and wonderful evening at their residence in Rome.

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