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    German Cities Deemed Safest Bets in Europe in 2017

    In the search for safe havens, German cities will be Europe’s most preferred real estate investment and development destinations in 2017, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2017. Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, and Munich occupy four of the top five spots for 2017 investment and development prospects in the annual forecast published jointly by ULI and PwC. The report is based on the opinions of almost 800 real estate professionals in Europe, including investors, developers, lenders, agents, and consultants.

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    Developer’s Perspective on Real Estate’s Hardest Decision: Sell or Hold

    Speaking at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, John McNellis, partner at McNellis Partners, a northern California–based developer, shared part of his perspective, as captured in his book, Making It in Real Estate. For those looking to get into the real estate business, McNellis advised trying to take a 20-year approach to your career. “Do you want to work for the biggest company that’s constantly in the headlines, or do you want to focus on building economic independence? Are you doing the night classes and other hard work to get to where you want to be?”

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    Downtown Dallas: A Turnaround Built on Parks, Arts, and People

    Converting offices to residences—and creating valuable parkland—helped lure people and development back to the urban core.

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    Evolution of an Aerotropolis

    Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport is the most successful American template for how a major airport can become a core for real estate development and economic growth. Now, planning is taking it to a higher altitude.

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    ULX: 10 Desert Designs

    The following ten projects—all completed over the past five years—represent a variety of approaches to blocking the heat, including concrete domes modeled on palm trees, and solar chimneys tucked behind recycled copper panels.

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    Creekside Campus: The Perot Companies’ New Headquarters in Dallas

    Instead of going big on an urban site targeted for high-rise development, the prominent Dallas company kept its new buildings in the trees—and connected to the city.

Recent Articles

  • Canada: Poised for Growth in 2017

    December 9, 2016

    Despite the perennial speculations of a housing market crash, there is room for growth in the Canadian real estate market, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate ®, as investors are moving east and toward more mixed-use developments. Canada seems poised for a year of stability regardless of concerns about a possible pullback in the Vancouver and Toronto housing markets.

  • Capitalizing on the Opportunity for TOD in Growing Cities

    December 8, 2016

    As the Denver metropolitan area has topped 3 million residents, potentially accelerating toward 4 million, a sustainable land use template for future mobility and economic, social, and environmental health is emerging within the framework of the 122-mile (196 km) FasTracks rail and bus rapid transit network, which includes expansion with five new transit lines this year. ULI Colorado’s TOD Marketplace event in early November attracted participants from Colorado and beyond to tour various transit-oriented development sites and hear about both lessons learned and future trends.

  • In Print: Slum Health: From the Cell to the Street

    December 8, 2016

    In Slum Health, University of California, Berkeley, professors Jason Corburn and Lee Riley show that poor health in slums cannot be addressed separately from the social conditions that bring it about.

  • Shovel-Ready: U.S., Canada Construction Uptick Predicted for 2017

    December 5, 2016

    After a sluggish year with just 1 percent growth, backhoes and bulldozers should be busier in 2017 with 5 percent growth in construction starts, for a total volume of $713 billion. That is the prediction from industry leader Dodge Data & Analytics, presented at the group’s annual conference held recently at National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland.

  • Global Awards for Excellence: Devon Energy Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    December 5, 2016

    Devon Energy Center is a corporate headquarters highlighted by a 50-story skyscraper that creates a focal point for the company and for Oklahoma City by integrating civic-scaled spaces as a vital component of its overall development.

  • Global Awards for Excellence: Denver Union Station, Denver, Colorado

    December 5, 2016

    By connecting the Denver metropolitan area with the rest of Colorado—and the world—through multiple modes of transportation, Denver Union Station has transformed a vacant neighborhood and created a global touchstone for large-scale mixed-use projects.

  • How Will a December Rate Hike Affect REITs?

    December 5, 2016

    While the U.S. economy’s steady growth and low unemployment rate have strengthened the case for raising key interest rates, savvy investors will likely still find yield in specific sectors. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Evolving U.S. Suburbs Continue to Shape Residential Demand and Development

    December 5, 2016

    From 2000 to 2015, suburban areas accounted for 91 percent of U.S. population growth and 84 percent of household growth in the top 50 metro areas, says a new report from the ULI Terwilliger Center. U.S. suburban housing markets are well positioned to remain preferred places to live and work over the coming decades, even as many urban cores and downtown neighborhoods continue to attract new residents and businesses.

  • Industry Outlook for Water Conservation

    December 2, 2016

    How can we reshape the built environment to use less water? Experts discuss government policies that help or hinder water conservation, the role of water availability and consumption data in raising awareness and shaping behavior, strategies that developers should employ to reduce the waste of water, and other factors influencing water use.

  • In Print: What Makes a Great City

    December 2, 2016

    In writing this book, author Alexander Garvin went on a quest to discover what makes cities great. He found that the secret to urban greatness stems from management of the streets, squares, parks, and special places that make up the “public realm.” To maintain greatness, cities must not only maintain but also “continually alter their public realm to meet the changing needs of their occupants.”

  • Splitting Makes It Whole

    November 30, 2016

    An architect splits an apartment complex in a small metropolitan town in the Pacific Northwest to capture views and make units private, urbane, and whole.

  • Private Money and Management Are Transforming America’s Downtowns

    November 30, 2016

    Over the past several years, we have seen a new, decided focus in many American cities of all sizes on redeveloping and renewing their cores. One key way this transformation is happening is through the building of new urban parks and public spaces in the city center. Yet, one of the great challenges is how to develop these vital parks and public spaces without straining government budgets. An effective solution? Private funding and management.

  • U.S. Voters Approve Billions for Transit and Green Space

    November 28, 2016

    In November, voters across the United States endorsed numerous state and local ballot measures approving additional funding for green space, land conservation, and public transportation.

  • Video: The Well-Tempered City and the Future of Urban Life

    November 23, 2016

    Speaking at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, Jonathan Rose, founder and president of the Jonathan Rose Companies, discussed creating a higher purpose for cities as outlined in his new book, The Well-Tempered City.

  • Making the Investment Case for Smarter Urban Growth

    November 22, 2016

    Compact, well-connected urban development can create vibrant cities that are more competitive, inclusive, and resilient and that have lower carbon footprints.

  • Transforming Obsolete Downtown Towers into Offices, Hotels

    November 22, 2016

    Downtown office properties are no longer disposable, throw-away structures with just a 30-year life span. Today, adaptive use initiatives are revitalizing buildings, changing the purpose of the towers to meet current market demands and extending the buildings’ useful life by many decades. At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas last month, panelists demonstrated the case for redeveloping downtown properties.

  • Bringing a Mixed-Use Strategy to Fading Industrial, Retail, and Hotel Properties

    November 22, 2016

    At a panel on mixed-use strategy at ULI’s 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas, participants described what might seem like three dissimilar projects. But, as the panelists discussed, each project offered a city a way to turn blighted areas into engines of revitalization and economic stimulus, and create profits for their owners and tenants as well.

  • Repurposing Two Former Downtown Industrial Sites

    November 21, 2016

    Two case studies on how obsolete industrial buildings have been redeveloped for a new life in the new economy—the focus of this 2016 ULI Fall Meeting session—offered lessons about capitalizing on site location, the buildings’ qualities, and the developers’ visions for creating dynamic mixed-use places that are profitable as well as mission driven.

  • Outdoor Space, Modern Food Offerings Help Energize Aging Corporate Campuses

    November 21, 2016

    Dallas was an appropriate location for a 2016 ULI Fall Meeting discussion on energizing corporate campuses, with several large-scale headquarter developments underway in the region.

  • E-Commerce Retailers Solving for Last Logistical Mile as Projected Sales Top $2 Trillion

    November 21, 2016

    When it comes to the e-commerce explosion, it’s all about “the last mile,” and almost anything is imaginable. “The last mile can be executed on foot, bicycle, hand cart, unicycle, skateboard, jetpack, Uber, Lyft—the list goes on,” said Benjamin Conwell of Cushman & Wakefield, a former director of Amazon’s North American real estate operations, speaking at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting.

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