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Do we need real estate developers to develop real estate?

Facebook is building housing in Silicon Valley; Google is rumoured to be developing a digital district from scratch. Are developers doing enough to keep up with tech developments? And what will happen if they don’t?

Most people, if they are honest with themselves, would probably draw a bit of a blank when asked to explain what building a city “from the internet up” actually means.

But you don’t need to fully understand the concept to know that if Google is giving it a shot, it is unwise to dismiss out of hand.

And that shot is being given. Sidewalk Labs, the urban innovation unit of Google’s parent company Alphabet, has been mooting plans to build digital cities from scratch for some time now. Noise around the idea got louder…

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