Flying high overhead

Probably all of you have marvelled at bird’s-eye view photographs and films. It was once the case that to achieve such stunning footage, you had to be a TV cameraman or at least happen to have a pilot as an uncle.

Today, we can shoot breath-taking videos ourselves, just by investing in a drone with a camera. There are even gadgets you can now buy for less than PLN 100 that will allow you to record HD video from up in the air. However, it should be pointed out that the usefulness of such toys in the outdoors has its limitations. A friend of mine found this out when he decided to use a drone that had been given to his son to take an aerial view of his new house, so he could show it off to his distant family. The day was just a little bit windy, but that was enough for the aircraft in question to completely ignore any movements of the joystick. And so, as soon as it took off it refused to head in any other direction than south, downwind. Every subsequent take-off attempt resulted in an emergency landing in a neighbour’s garden or, when the wind started blowing even harder, in a garden in the next district. The recording session would have ended in abject failure, had it not been for the fact that it unintentionally resulted in him getting to know nearly all of his neighbours as well as amassing quite a large photo archive of almost the entire neighbourhood (except for his own house, of course, but the less said about that the better). So it wasn't a wasted hundred złoty after all! It’s surprising that such popular, toy-like devices have a very different and darker reputation across Poland’s eastern border, but that’s a topic for another day.

And since it’s now October, we find ourselves on the other side of Poland’s western border, at Expo Real in Munich. For this reason, at the very beginning of the issue you can read an analysis of the investment market in Poland, while our other texts will also showcase the most promising sectors in our business. We also devote considerable attention to the planned reconstruction of Ukraine – if you don’t quite understand how in the current situation such a thing can be planned at all, perhaps our article will make things a little clearer for you. Our ‘Case study’ section is also dedicated to reconstruction, but this time of just a single property. And what a property it is! In this we explore the construction of the largest warehouse park inside Warsaw’s city limits. In addition to that, we ask the experts about the potential of some newly emerging market segments – deluxe PRS and industrial facilities, and its due to the latter that Poland could soon have its own Silicon Valley. And on the back cover, you will find our annual special warehouse supplement attached – an absolute must-read and not just for the industry’s specialists.

We wish you all a pleasant read, and all the many new contacts and constructive meetings that Expo Real has to offer. And we also wish peace to everyone in the world and a warm and mellow autumn.