December 8-10, 2021 Palais des Congrès - Paris - France Le rendez-vous de l'industrie immobilière

Conference tracks 2020

The SIMI, a key event for the actors of the French commercial real estate market, will hold 14 themed conference tracks over the three days, including 3 new tracks.


And now, what does the future hold for real estate markets? The Covid-19 crisis completely reshuffles the cards in an industry that’s seen almost a decade of virtually uninterrupted growth. What are the impacts of the crisis on the office, business and logistics sectors, or even that of alternative assets? What are their development prospects in an economically damaged and uncertain context?


The Tokyo Olympics have not yet taken place. But the Paris Games are still planned to go ahead in four years’ time. In an unprecedented sanitary situation, the Olympic Games continue to constitute a genuine laboratory for the town of tomorrow and a new playing field for real estate protagonists.

Will they still be a boost for the urban projects of Grand Paris? What opportunities are open to the actors of the real estate industry? What dialogues are to be established with the State and local authorities to ensure the Games’ legacy? The answers can be found with this conference track.


The hotel industry and the hospitality sector in general have been devastated by the effects of the Covid-19 crisis, which has hit all areas of the sector hard. What will be the knock-on effects to asset performance and the appetence of investors? What consequences will this have too, on the development of new concepts, coliving, serviced residences, youth hostels…? Looking beyond the impact of the crisis, what are the potential avenues for relaunching the hotel industry?


Investment in real estate has broken record after record in recent years. Has the Coronavirus crisis brought an end to the growth cycle or does it simply mark a pause? Will the crisis significantly undermine the appetite of institutional and/or international investors for real estate? How will investors realign their strategies? And tomorrow, with an interest rate that’s still low, can real estate remain an effective source of performance? Will real estate ultimately become a safe haven investment?

HOUSING TRACK (new 2020)

Lockdown placed the issue of housing at the centre of the board. Because housing is at the heart of a region’s attractiveness, public decision-makers have made this theme a part of their agenda with the intention of rolling out inclusive strategies. Because housing is the cornerstone around which a town is built, promoters and developers are interested in this type of asset to offer mixed and hybrid products. Because housing has proven resilient in the face of the crisis, institutional and international investors need to make a rapid return to this asset category.

What strategies are being deployed by investors? What solutions are promoters and developers offering? Based on what specifications for public players? All the reactions in this new conference track.


Logistics may well emerge as the big winner from this crisis. With the boom in e-commerce and supply chain reorganisation for actors of mass distribution, the logistics sector represents highly popular real estate for prime players. The Covid-19 crisis strengthens this tendency. Even so, will investors all rush towards logistics real estate? How much are they willing to pay for a piece of logistics property? From XXL to XXS, which warehouse formats will they focus on? What about urban logistics? What are the challenges and stakes of this future market? How is the real estate industry preparing for this? These challenges and opportunities will be explored over the course of this conference track.

MIXED USE TRACK (new 2020)

The ‘mixity’ of uses is the new paradigm for actors of the real estate industry. In response to public demand – boosted by government bodies and local authorities – it’s no longer a question of separating functions in an urban environment, but of mixing operational activities. Is this mix viable at the scale of the building alone? Should it be considered at the scale of the block?  Of the neighbourhood? Of the town? What pilot operations are there? What of the existing installations? How can they be adapted to mixed use? Which will be the winning concepts? With what economic models, in a unique context of social distancing?


The health crisis situation has stimulated an explosion of new mobilities, from the accession of the bike around town to the improbable return of the scooter. The latter shake up the traditional layout of urban design. How do developers integrate these new mobilities into their urban planning? How do real estate players adjust their programmes? How do investors rethink their acquisition criteria in light of these new mobilities? How do users rethink the layout of their implantation? All the answers in this new conference track.


Once again, the Coronavirus chain of events confirms the basic tendencies. Those of new uses, and particularly those which accelerate the obsolescence of blocks of flats and promote the advent of the conversion and reversibility of buildings. What opportunities are available to real estate actors and all those who participate in the town’s make-up? What brakes need to be released to encourage the reversibility of assets? What strategies have been implemented; initiatives are in progress; new concepts are emerging to rebuild a different town overlaying the town?


Physical commerce is one of the first victims of Covid-19. Challenged by e-commerce, pushed around by new consumer habits, neglected by institutional and international investors, retail property players have to meet new challenges. To put an end to this “retail bashing”, what initiatives have the specialists come up with – fresh concepts, new retail brands or innovations for winning back the end consumer? With what performance outlooks? A category of assets that’s constantly reinventing itself.


The post-Covid world must emerge from a responsible economic restart. Companies have not been twiddling their thumbs. They are becoming more and more aware of their societal and environmental role and have made CSR a strategic pillar of their future growth. The real estate industry is not an exception to this global movement. From Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) strategies to Impact investing, an overall look at the initiatives of real estate players and the impacts on their projects.


The 19th century was the century of empires, the 20th that of nations, the 21st will be the century of metropolises. However, doesn’t the Coronavirus crisis bring into question the acceleration of the metropolisation effect and the rivalry for attractiveness among the bigger conurbations? What are their strategies for holding on to or attracting businesses, sharpening the investors’ appetites, convincing real estate players and creating value for all? Beyond the big conurbations, will not Covid-19 have put other regions back in the saddle? All the answers in this conference track.


After the health crisis, isn’t climate change next in terms of major risks on the real estate actor’s agenda? Responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions, real estate is a part of the problem and the solution. What challenges await real estate professionals and local authorities surrounding climate issues? How do real estate industry players address climatic risks in their strategies? What progress have they made and what dead ends do they still come up against? What remains to be done to speed up energy renovation in existing properties and low-carbon construction?


Lockdown has seen employees shift to teleworking. And what if this becomes the new normal? Does this spell the end of the traditional office? How do users approach the advent of teleworking in the management of their operational property? What impact will this have on their consumption of floorspace and on their property layouts? These questions and themes will be addressed through testimonies and expert insights in this conference track.