Municipalities are central living spaces and places for people. For municipal administrations, a wide range of issues arise in connection with real estate. Public buildings and infrastructure need to be maintained, repaired or modernised. Municipalities own properties or portfolios and manage and develop them in order to pursue their strategic concerns and achieve regional development goals. Municipalities are challenged to optimise their real estate and its use in a multi-dimensional way to generate revenue or to promote local activities in economy, leisure, health, etc. Municipalities manage their own real estate and are challenged to improve real estate management, take measures and overall trim management towards sustainability.
The municipalities ensure or improve their public mandate to provide housing by managing land in an often tense network of interests. They have to comply with spatial and legal preconditions and at the same time are supposed to fulfil social aspects. This also includes steering tasks, such as how municipalities and cities proceed in spatial and regional or urban planning, how they develop places and dedicate land, up to regulating and approving building projects so that the places can grow and prosper in a controlled manner. In part, this also includes revitalising existing or vacant properties, guiding buildings towards alternative uses, so that beyond one use of a building, the community can be developed with the property development. The public tasks also include socio-political issues, such as how to deal with real estate speculation and uncontrolled price developments, so that housing can be made affordable and remains accessible to socio-economically weaker sections of the population. Different needs and interests are expressed in the population, so that a central task of the municipality remains to act in the sense of a “community” and to make real estate decisions in which the interests of different interest groups are taken into account.
Places and spaces create identity and community, in which quality of life can be experienced. They define socio-spatial functions and basic rules of social life. Structural infrastructures concretise characteristics of culture, individuality and togetherness in living, work and occupation, leisure and family. Municipalities, small regions and municipal or city districts are central places of life and spaces in which people move in everyday life. Therefore, municipal administrations, spatial and settlement planning, regional and local development, urban research and policy, zoning are particularly important.
How can settlements and places be developed authentically? How can respect for local building traditions and future resource requirements be combined? As real estate trustees, property developers and project developers, we are aware of our responsibility to help shape our physical world and the structural and local conditions in which people live and which they experience sensually in the long term. We think about buildings, infrastructures and spaces and have know-how in constructional, ecological, economic and architectural references. We understand real estate development as local, village, regional or urban (sub)development and, in their interaction, deal with socio-demographic and local characteristics of a region as well as with the utilisation and development potentials of a property. We put it in a nutshell: “think global – act local”.
The “core village”. In the meantime, there are approaches and “good practice” for the explicit inner development of villages, i.e. for a structural design that emphasises the “village core”. We think the concept further, because quality of life needs a local reference – a “core”. The municipality, the small region, the municipal district, the village. People need the “village”, it is said, meaning the social function of the village. The community. The neighbourhood. The feeling of being integrated. The ability to participate. Participation in the shaping of the immediate environment. The identity. The friendships. This can be a district or a “Grätzl” in the city as well as a village in the region. For this, our real estate development integrates concerns of land management, spatial planning, architecture, land management, energy, environment, mobility, local supply, mobile offers, location attractiveness, digitalisation, public infrastructures, etc. Or also in the development processes with regard to participation and civic engagement. This requires strong communities. We are a multi-professional partner in socio-spatial developments.
As real estate trustees, we are available at all times and stand by our clients as reliable partners. Contact us by phone, e-mail or in person. We will be happy to advise you individually and support you in the realisation of your real estate needs.
St. Josef, Steiermark