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Contributors / Janek Schmidt

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Wood intentions

A greater embrace of timber and the use of digital efficiency simulacra were among the constructive ideas for greener property at the latest Expo Real trade fair.

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Growth area

Few things determine the success of a start-up as much as location, which dictates its reach and, importantly, access to talent. Take Munich, where new technology firms are partnering with top universities.

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Brew hogs

A sedate Stein (or six) at a beer garden, in the shade of horse-chestnut trees, is a Bavarian pastime going back centuries. So integral is the custom, any whiff of interference rouses the usually peaceful beer-lovers to…

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Power up

Traditional bike sales may have peaked a decade ago but sales of electric bikes are gaining momentum. With innovation in the industry increasing, it seems that the market can only go in one direction.


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