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9 Thoughtful Quotes to Remember From Prague Property Forum 2019

Article July 10, 2019

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Smart building, remote work, but also an disappearing alarm clock and a night walk to toilet. A wide range of topics was discussed during the Prague Property Forum 2019. As a media partner of this event we pick up a list of the most remarkable notes from all speakers.

"Smart building is about satisfaction. Not only the satisfaction of the user, but also the satisfaction of the property and the facility manager."

Žofia Voda, Project Manager, Skanska Property Czech Republic

"The big element is time and utilization of it. If I need to get up and walk somewhere to turn off the lights, it keeps me away from important things. To solve this that's what makes building really smart."

Bernard Storch, Partner, PLP Architecture

"In the past the first negotiation about office fit-out was with the procurement department. Nowadays it is the HR manager with whom we are speaking first."

Tomáš B. Andrejsek, Managing Director, Elan Interior

"Five-percent-decrease of the employee productivity represents almost a half of the total investment cost (CAPEX) into the building during building’s lifetime."

⇪ Jan Babiak, Project Manager International Engineering, Uponor

"The economic crisis reminds me of waking up in the middle of night. You want to go to toilet. You don't turn on the lights not to wake up your family members. Then suddenly you kick in the chair. It hurts but you keep moving forwards. You go slowly and carefully, but still forward and you only wait for the next hit.

The real estate market is in the same situation – we are not blind, but it's dark all around us. We prepare ourselves for the next crisis, but we don't know when will it come."

Gábor Vörös, Head of CEE Real Estate Financing, UniCredit

"Working from home is a dead concept. It makes sense only in cases when it temporarily or in short-term helps to keep employees who will otherwise lost their contact with the company (during maternity leave etc.). But it is a big mistake to consider working from home as an alternative or a replacement of the team work in the shared workspace."

Tomáš B. Andrejsek, Managing Director, Elan Interior

Are market players prepared for the long-term effect of the changes we're witnessing (technology, climate change, etc.)? “Some are prepared, some are stuck in the present.”

⇪ Result of the public opinion poll

"In two three generations, we will leave our biological bodies. We will leave our realm world and we will evaporate into a brand new habitat (and fully live in an imagined world). Just like our alarm clock moved to a mobile phone."

Tomáš Sedláček, Philosopher of Economics and Economist at ČSOB

"There are over 7000 PropTech business all around the world, 339 located in Germany, only 9 in the Czech Republic."

James Dearsley, Serial Entrepreneur and Co-Founder at Unissu