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In this report

The Financial Times’ definitive guide to the world of commercial property from the perspective of investors, developers and occupiers

Block capitals

Béla Lajta’s Rózsavölgyi House in Budapest
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As an antidote to the zoned ghettos of modern commerce, Edwin Heathcote admires the historic mixed-use courtyard buildings of central Europe

the skylight of 5 Beekman Street in New York
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Loving the landmarks

Old architecturally ambitious offices in downtowns all across the world are finding a new use

Scandinavia: Cool designs, hot property

Forget Nordic noir – things are looking very bright indeed in the region, as foreign investors rush to make a killing in its thriving commercial property market

Home economics

Once a picture of health, the Chinese property market is now looking off-colour with construction activity cooling, land sales slowing, apartment sales sliding and unsold inventory rising

Bicester village outlet shopping centre
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Village people

Out-of-town discount villages have remodelled retail, their luxury labels and bargain brands luring savvy shoppers even in the downturn. Now developers have designs on Asia’s passion for fashion

One57 skyscraper
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Square feat

The super-rich are investing staggering sums in commercial properties, keeping their wealth safe in bricks and mortar

Coca-cola office
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Life is sweet

How to create a good working atmosphere that is reflective of the rich heritage of the 128-year-old Coca-Cola company

Gabriel Baertschi, CEO of AstraZeneca Japan, at their company headquarters at Grand Front Osaka
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Social working

When Gabriel Baertschi arrived in Osaka, the president of AstraZeneca Japan saw how the company must find a more collaborative HQ in order to thrive

On second thoughts

Second-tier cities are grabbing headlines and inward investment as they attract companies and employees drawn by enhanced infrastructure, lower living costs and simpler regulatory laws

the Emporia retail complex in Sweden
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The Reit stuff

Europe’s listed property market is fragmented, and should consolidate for growth

Estate school

Mark Preston has worked for the Duke of Westminster’s Grosvenor Estate ever since he graduated, rising to become group chief executive

Building confidence

Chicago’s real estate market is booming – there is a real wind in its sales. With $3bn of investment last year and new skyscrapers under way, the city is on the up

Break down the work cubicle

The idea of mobile working and of the office as a place you might actually want to be, has made an impact

Recipe for regional flavour

21st-century building designers need to be ‘multilingual’ in their approach to creating meaningful and memorable solutions

In praise of profit

Michel Mossessian asks: should we stack to the sky or stay on the ground?

US investors snap up UK care homes

Thames tide turns back to the wealthy

The development of London’s riverside into a series of private ghettos is a huge opportunity squandered

International cash spurs UK property boom

Investors in search of yield scramble to invest in London

Interactive: Bitexco Financial Tower

Explore the 68-storey tower echoes the shape of Vietnam’s national symbol – the Lotus flower

Chinese go on global property spree

Chinese overseas investment set to double in 2014 despite domestic slowdown

UK outpacing Europe in investor allure

Non-banks expand in commercial property

Insurers joined by growing array of alternative lenders

15 ‘Shards’ of office space being built in London

Office construction recovers to near pre-recession level

London commercial property booms

Investors are motivated by returns in the low-yield environment

Bangalore express

Such has been the success of Bangalore’s technology business parks that foreign private equity firms are rapidly expanding their property portfolios in the Indian city

Foreword: The matters that affect us all

Chief executives make only a handful of big property decisions. It is important to get them right

Spires to towers

London could become closer in its skyline to Doha than to New York

Culture clubs

Planners, architects and developers across the world are promoting mixed-use projects, particularly if they include cultural buildings

New York life storeys

The changing roster of owners and tenants at 375 Park Avenue – better known as the Seagram Building – is a microcosm of postwar US economic and design history

Showroom shine

Car showrooms are proving to be a sound investment themselves rather than just indicators of wealth elsewhere

Manhattan transfers

From his New York base Brookfield Property Group chief executive Ric Clark is pushing ahead with diversification from offices into the retail, industrial and residential sectors as well as emerging markets

Supermarket chain reactions

Changing consumer habits are forcing supermarket operators to rethink their property portfolios, but investors’ appetites remain strong

Mexico’s lap of luxury

When Aston Martin was looking for a site for its first Mexican showroom, it settled on a well-established area

Living the brand

Corporate headquarters whose design makes a statement about their occupiers’ values are the height of architectural fashion but also come at a premium

Ogilvy rediscovers harmony on South Bank

The communications group is reintegrating its London offices

Column: People power

Population growth more than economic development is driving property markets

Moving offices in Moscow

Over the past seven years, two office moves have had a radical effect on the culture and ultimately the development of MEBE

Foreign missions on the move

A spate of embassy property sales in London reflects a growing trend around the world of cash-strapped governments looking to realise lucrative assets

Built-in flexibility

Design is pivotal to the success or failure of an office, and new business models often mean a radically different approach Is called for

Sir David Chipperfield: Shaping the city

Insights on effective city planning and making it a reality