This article is the second of a series of insights about Cities of Tomorrow, which is exploring topics such as urban development, innovation districts’ transformation and the future of cities.

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As urban populations are growing at a high pace, cities tend to face new challenges. A common urban issue is the rise of abandoned, underutilised spaces and neighbourhoods. Every metropolitan city features this kind of areas and could benefit from dramatic improvements on an urban development level.

The most efficient way to tackle these kinds of challenges is urban renewal: revitalising places and turning them into spaces where people can live, work and connect; spaces that are functional and enjoyable for citizens. The desire to be part of an environment that engages them on a personal, social and professional level is extremely strong. Citizens are looking for a sense of belonging, safety, wellbeing and global connectedness. It is necessary to understand that a genuine connection between people and spaces can positively contribute to the socio-economic development of cities. Urban regeneration projects are necessary for a sustainable development of our cities and for the process of placemaking, which leverages local assets to improve people’s wellbeing and happiness. …

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In our very first article, we talked about The Origins of SPX in order to show the world how SPX Agency was formed and how our journey began. The last sentence of the article was “Going forward, we eagerly await new challenges and opportunities to continue on our mission to create future-proof real estate brands.” Following our words, here we are, starting another exciting chapter of our history that will disrupt the real estate industry as we know it: the birth of Spatial Experience.

‍The Foundation of SPX Agency

As we have previously mentioned, our journey started by recognising the struggle of real estate businesses to find specialised market expertise and adapt to the fast-changing industry. As an answer and after countless hours of work, our CEO Bart Sasim formed SPX Agency in 2012 in order to elevate emerging real estate concepts to reach their highest potential. Throughout the years and inspired by the energy that new generations brought into the market, we ventured out to help other players within the alternative real estate sector, helping them to grow and push the boundaries of their brands even further. …

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From a digital nomad writing a blog post in Palawan, to a manager checking emails from a ski resort in the Alps, to a full-time freelancer staying in a coliving space and a computer scientist building codes from his home office, technological innovations have blurred the boundaries between work and fun, professional career and personal time. In the quest of finding a fulfilling work/life balance, a trend that gained a lot of interest in the last few years is the hybrid model of bleisure.

“The end of labour is to gain leisure” - Aristotle

What exactly is Bleisure?

Bleisure is a buzzword that describes the combination of business and leisure travel that, in recent years, transformed the whole travel industry. According to the Global Business Travel Association, nowadays, more than one in three people that travel for business reasons will also consider dedicating some time for leisure to explore their destination. Expedia confirmed this trend by stating that more than 40% of business trips are extended for leisure purposes. Leisure is related to looking for a better quality of life, which can be translated in free time to relax, doing activities, attending local events and, in general, experiencing more about the travel destination, its culture and surroundings. Having the chance to dedicate some time for interests outside of work, business travellers can boost their morale and reduce stress levels. …



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