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Preparing for next week

We hope you’ve enjoyed Week 1.

In Week 2, you’ll explore some of the big issues affecting property development including sustainability, globalisation and technology. You’ll hear from some of the Lendlease professionals about how these issues impact on the development and management of the International Quarter London. You’ll also hear from lecturers within the Henley Business School about the latest research into these important influences.

To prepare for next week, take some time to think about how the development you chose to discuss in Step 1.13, has been shaped or influenced by sustainability, globalisation and technology. You may find the following definitions, taken from the course glossary useful. We’ve also included a list of questions to help you with this task - use them as a checklist to help you think about your selected building or development. You’ll return to these next week.

1. Sustainable Development

Photo showing BedZed sustainable housing including solar panels on the roof

BedZed, UK. ©By Tom Chance from Peckham (flickr: BedZED) CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons


Sustainable Development is a “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (Bruntland report). It emphasises the integration (via win-win-win outcomes) of environmental, economic and social policy objectives and contains a continuum of ecological ideas from ‘light’ to ‘dark’ green. Find a list of questions to consider on sustainable development in this downloadable PDF.

2. Globalisation

An image of a city with various icons over overlayed on top including wifi, email, plane, cloud, laptop, location

Icons showing the tools used in global exchange of ideas and services.


Globalisation happens when the world becomes more interconnected through increased trade and cultural exchange. Find a list of questions to consider on globalisation in this downloadable PDF.

3. Technology

Virtual Reality image showing shops and people walking

Virtual Reality view of what the IQL development will look like. © Lendlease.


Technology is the application of scientific knowledge and information in the design, production, and utilisation of goods and services, and in the organisation of human activities. Find a list of questions to consider on technology in this downloadable PDF.


Before you move on to Week 2, you may like to pause for a moment to think about the different ways you could get started on a career in real estate. The Property Needs You website gives an overview of the diverse range of careers available in the property sector and the different routes into the industry. You will find out more about these ‘pathways to property’ in Week 3.

Free extended access and digital certificate.

Don’t forget that on this course you can get a free digital Certificate when you become eligible. In order to get this certificate, you’ll need to complete 90% of the course and you can monitor how many Steps you have completed via your progress page. Don’t forget to mark each Step as complete using the button in the bottom-right corner.

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