MIPIM 2011, day 1

Today’s highlights…

What a day! I started off with a tour of some stands – Manchester, London, Russia, Architecture pavilion – and was not disappointed. Manchester’s virtual interactive city plan was particularly impressive. The view from the terrace of the London stand is stunning too… 

Then the announcement came – Germany to be country of honour at MIPIM 2012 – looking forward to their moment in the spotlight next year. As one tweeter remarked, all the more reason for the UK to put on a great show this year! ‘China: reward versus risk’ was enlightening, as was ‘Between shock and profit’ – excellent speakers and a good crowd.

This afternoon’s keynote by Boris Johnson was clearly the highlight of my day. A great speaker – clear, succinct, funny – and with some good points to make too! I particularly like the thought of workmen rubbing the London velodrome with rhubarb every morning to give it a rosy glow. Johnson left the podium and hopped on a bike to accompany the Cycle2Cannes riders on the approach to the Palais. Congratulations to all the riders!

Looking forward to tomorrow…

The day looks set to get off to a great start thanks to keynote speaker Gilberto Kassab, Mayor of Sao Paolo, Brazil. And I certainly won’t miss Investment lab: Egypt, urbanisation of a sleeping giant – given the recent developments in the country, I’ll be interested to find out where speakers, Rafy Kourouian and Hesham Shouki, see the country going in terms of property investment. I also plan to visit Gateway Netherlands and some of the other big stands. Will Edinburgh have more whisky tastings tomorrow? 

The Mayors’ Think Tank also looks like one to watch. With our very own blogger Greg Clark chairing the session and, given the calibre of the other participants, it’s bound to feature informed comment and opinion. In the afternoon, I’ll be attending two more keynotes: the panel on economics and the top architects. And I’ll be rounding off the day at the Investor Quest, with four UK projects showcased before a panel of expert judges. Who will the business angels choose to bless with their favour?

Soundbite of the day…

It has to be Boris – and I’ve chosen two:

I disagree with Gandhi. The future of the world does not lie in villages, but cities – they’re the single most brilliant invention of our species.

London’s new cable car over the Thames will be named after Britain’s business secretary, Vince Cable…

Tweet of the day…

And the dubious honour of having posted the tweet of the day goes to:

@twipim “Think that tot of whisky at Edinburgh tasting gave Boris extra vigour as he packed out his keynote?”

Don’t forget to include the hashtag #MIPIM to join the conversation, and address any questions to me via @MIPIMWorld.

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  1. Mayor of London – a person, endowed with an unusual approach to solving problems, systemic vision range of current issues facing the city and the real estate sector, as well as talent, public politician, which is attracting investor attention to the proposed urban projects.

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