Unibail-Rodamco SE, Europe’s biggest real estate company, is in talks to build a retail complex in Hamburg’s HafenCity, Germany’s largest urban development zone, two people with knowledge of the matter said.
As dawn breaks over the Gulf of Fonseca, southeast of El Salvador, Patri Friedman sets out for a jog. He trots past domed hothouses filled with fruit trees and feels the sidewalk sway gently underfoot as a tugboat chugs by with a floating apartment building in tow. The year is 2024, and Friedman lives on a so-called seastead, a waterbound city of some 1,000 people who produce their own food, their own energy and -- most important -- their own laws.
As I talk to Anna Somers Cocks on a terrace overlooking a trio of 16th-century churches by Andrea Palladio, a cruise ship the size of a New York City block floats surreally through the Giudecca Canal right in front of us.