How to Rejuvenate a City? Google it.
Claire Johnston & Alexa Aren
WRLDCTY 2022: New York

Google and Lendlease are transforming underutilized space in the Bay Area to unlock the potential of people and place. Hear how innovation and discipline are balanced while addressing the San Francisco Bay Area’s housing, community, and infrastructure challenges.

About The Speakers
Claire Johnston
Managing Director, Lendlease for Google Real Estate Development

Claire Johnston serves as Managing Director for Lendlease’s Google Real Estate Development venture, a 15 year, US $15bn (AUD $20bn) joint undertaking of master planning, entitlement and development of Google’s Bay Area landholdings in San Jose, Sunnyvale and Mountain View, California. Lendlease estimates it will develop up to 15 million square feet of residential, retail, hospitality and associated community uses within these four new neighborhoods.

Alexa Arena
Senior Director of Real Estate Development, Google

As Senior Director of Real Estate Development, Alexa Arena oversees Google’s entire portfolio of ground-up, mixed-use developments in the San Francisco Bay Area. This includes Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and San Jose, where she leads the strategy and execution of district-scale developments that create inclusive, sustainable places where Google and local communities can thrive. Alexa ensures that each project addresses complex ecological, environmental, and social issues by integrating affordable housing, social infrastructure programs, sustainable designs, and placemaking activities. In addition, Alexa and her team work closely with local city governments, community members, and design and development partners to deliver districts that are truly user-centered, forward-thinking, and built with the future in mind.

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