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


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.


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. This 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.