EDGE is a real estate developer that specialises in developing a new generation of innovative buildings that put the health and wellbeing of users and our planet first and foremost. EDGE is one of Europe’s largest commercial property developers and a global leader in tech-enabled green building design. Founder and CEO Coen van Oostrom has led the growth to its current scope of more than a million square meters in prime developments across Europe and the United States.
Since founding the firm in 1997 in Rotterdam, Coen has led the growth of EDGE to its current scope with more than a million square meters of development in Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Berlin, London, Boston and New York, with partnerships with some of the most forward-thinking players in technology and architecture and a client list that includes market leaders such as Deloitte, Danone, PwC, UPC, Rabobank, KPMG, Vattenfall and Unilever.
Galvanized by a meeting with Al Gore and his climate change documentary ‘An Inconvenient Truth’, Coen became convinced of the green promise of untapped technologies, making it the company’s mission to deliver new standards of tech-driven responsible urban office development. This mission gained worldwide attention in 2016 when the firm’s Amsterdam-based development The Edge was assessed as the world’s most sustainable office building. With EDGE, Coen aims to radicalize sustainability through powerful innovations in areas such as energy efficiency and circularity. Recent developments, such as EDGE Olympic in Amsterdam and Unilever New Jersey have already earned highest possible (pre-) certifications in BREEAM, DGNB and WELL. Coen seeks to effect further change in infrastructure and urban development. He draws inspiration from global leaders by participating in networks such as the World Economic Forum, and as a change-driving speaker at global conferences such as NOAH, The Next Web, Financial Times Live and New York Smart Cities.
To quote President Clinton after he received a special honorable mention in New York: ‘he is the Steve Jobs of sustainability’ and ‘I urge you to talk to this man, he is the first person I ever knew who physically showed me a building that proofed that this could be a big path to a shared future’. Over the last 2 years, Coen did interviews for Frankfurter Allgemeine, Die Welt, BBC, El Pais, @FastCompany, WIRED, Bloomberg Business, The Guardian, Bisnow, Estate Gazette and many other publications. Mostly the interviews were focused on topics as Urban Development, Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency, Sustainable Building Development, Disruptive Real Estate, Smart Workplaces and Green Investments.
Thursday, February 4, 2021
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
2:00 Welcome Linda J. Isaacson, (GEC Chair, ULI GGT) MD, Global Head of Innovation + Technology, Ferguson Partners New York, NY 2:05 Keynote Presentation: Dr. Parag Khanna Founder & Managing Partner, Future Map, London, UK 2:30 Panel Discussion Moderator: Chris Choa, (GEC Member, ULI GGT) Executive Director, Outcomist, London, UK Guest Speaker: Sean C. […]