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URBAN MAGNETISM IN THE GLOBAL CITY FRAMEWORK: EXPLORING THE LINK BETWEEN URBAN FUNCTIONS AND POPULATION GROWTH

Jelena J. Stanković, Ivana Marjanović, Saša Drezgić

The competitiveness of cities is most often associated with their economic performances, but there is a growing consensus that other factors must be observed as relevant (Huggins et al., 2014). The performance of modern cities, in addition to hard infrastructure, is increasingly influenced by the availability and quality of social infrastructure (Caragliu et al., 2011). The development potential and competitiveness of the city depend on the quality of social infrastructure, i.e., human and social capital. Human capital is emerging as a major driver of innovation and economic growth. Therefore, attracting highly skilled workers plays a fundamental role in the perspective of cities since the economic progress of cities depends on the knowledge of highly skilled workers (Buch et al., 2017). The impact of population growth on urban areas is multidimensional, in addition to the impact on infrastructure, economy and patterns of social interaction, population growth also affects the environment (Marshall, 2007).
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Some Aspects of Sustainable Real Estate Development: a Case Study of Druskininkai Snow Arena in Lithuania

Saulius Raslanas, Andrius Stasiukynas, Mindaugas Krutinis

Real estate development is a multi-aspect business covering activities starting from the reconstruction and release of existing buildings and ending up with the acquisition of undeveloped land and the sale of the built-up land. Buildings have an ever-increasing impact on the environment. The attitude towards designing, construction and building management has been changing. Building classification and norms defining their planning, design, construction and management contribute to the regulation of the impact on the environmental.
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