Think Tank Lab

The GBD Innovation Club research and development centre, a laboratory of ideas

The GBD Innovation Club’s Think Tank Lab is an intellectual center, a laboratory of ideas, composed of experts whose goal is to analyze changes in the world and their impacts on the life of global business districts.

Studies and research

  • 2020

A report on the world’s leading business districts, their performance, and transformation carried by EY and the Urban Land Institute and commissioned by the GBD Innovation CLub.

The 2020 Attractiveness of Global Business Districts Report provides updates and details the changes business districts have made to remain competitive and become more attractive to clients, talent and businesses. This edition comes amidst the COVID-19 global pandemic which has, in just a few weeks, changed the health and economic outlook of millions of people, directly or indirectly. It has also disrupted how we live, interact and work.

  • 2019

The Report, which became a result of collaboration between the GBD Innovation Club Learning Expedition Chicago participants and speakers. The three-day event brought together 20 leaders of 12 global business districts, including representatives from Casablanca, Chicago, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Paris La Défense, San Francisco, Tokyo and Toronto and was focused on Placemaking issues.

This report presents the conclusions made during the professional exchange, and reveals main trends in the development of the global business districts and identifies the main challenges (opportunities), which are the key to the evolution and transformation of our territories.

  • 2017

A unique Study carried out by EY and the Urban Land Institute, both experts in attractiveness issues and global urban development, measured the attractiveness of world-class business districts and determined a world ranking was published. The attractiveness of world-class business districts study, the first of its kind, benchmarks the 17 most influent tertiary districts in the world, selected on the basis of common and objective criteria.