New Developments

  • In Print: The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience

    February 12, 2016 In his book, Alexandros Washburn writes that “nothing important in a city can change without an alignment of politics, finance, and design.” As New York City’s chief urban designer under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he played a key role in the planning and building of the High Line, the 21st century’s most notable civic design project. That experience shaped his view of city design.
  • Office Sublease Space Grows in Tech and Energy Markets

    February 8, 2016 Last week, Yahoo became the most recent large tech company to announce layoffs and office closures as it explores alternatives for its web business. Moves like this highlight the growing issue of sublease space among tech and energy companies, whose expansion drove demand for office space in recent years. Are new availabilities relieving tight conditions or a sign of something more severe? Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
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New Developments

  • In Print: The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience

    February 12, 2016 In his book, Alexandros Washburn writes that “nothing important in a city can change without an alignment of politics, finance, and design.” As New York City’s chief urban designer under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he played a key role in the planning and building of the High Line, the 21st century’s most notable civic design project. That experience shaped his view of city design.
  • Office Sublease Space Grows in Tech and Energy Markets

    February 8, 2016 Last week, Yahoo became the most recent large tech company to announce layoffs and office closures as it explores alternatives for its web business. Moves like this highlight the growing issue of sublease space among tech and energy companies, whose expansion drove demand for office space in recent years. Are new availabilities relieving tight conditions or a sign of something more severe? Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
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    Will U.S. Housing Supply Be Appropriate for Future Demand?

    The United States is in the midst of a diversity boom that could rival or even surpass that seen during the baby boom of the last half of the 20th century, demographer William Frey writes in his 2014 book Diversity Explosion. In a question and answer session, Frey discusses the implications of changing demographics on U.S. housing.

  • a7878843-67hcm3b-GLP_20MisatoIII_Japan4_entrance Planning & Design

    ULI Global Awards for Excellence: GLP Misato III – Misato City, Japan

    Completed in May 2013, GLP Misato III is a state-of-the-art logistics facility in Greater Tokyo in the Saitama Prefecture. The five-story facility, with a total floor area of 1 million square feet (93,000 sq m), is equipped with dual ramps allowing service vehicles to drive to each floor, demonstrating efficiency of land use in a country where land is severely constrained.

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    Six Trends in U.S. Commercial Real Estate to Watch for in 2016

    The U.S. property market landscape in 2016 will appear much like it did in 2015, with a number of interwoven aspects that bode well for savvy investors who can step out in front of ongoing economic, demographic, and technological trends.

  • africa_forest_800 Planning & Design

    Reconnecting Downtown to the Water in South Africa’s Port Elizabeth

    In Port Elizabeth, a coastal city in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, city officials hope to catalyze development surrounding the river and port, as well as other parts of the Baakens Valley Precinct, a 300-acre (120 ha) site. The plans “will turn the city around,” says Dawn McCarthy, the municipality’s senior director for strategic planning and coordination in the office of the chief operating officer, speaking at the opening briefing for a World Bank–sponsored ULI Advisory Services panel convened in November.

Recent Articles

  • Video: Trends in Leisure and Experience-Oriented Retail

    February 12, 2016

    Marije Braam-Mesken, head of EMEA retail research & strategy at CBRE Global Investors, looks at the role of leisure and experience-oriented retail in shopping centers, cities, and city centers is growing and enhancing city vibrancy at the ULI Europe Conference in Paris.

  • Growing Small: How Smaller, Infill Urban Developments Are Making a Big Difference

    February 12, 2016

    As the real estate industry continues to evolve in terms of project finance, design, and execution, one idea gaining quiet speed is small development. Projects that are seen as being at the vanguard of “small” bring together today’s best thinking of real estate professionals in how to shape the built environment.

  • Revitalizing Philadelphia’s Market Street

    February 12, 2016

    Once boasting the world’s first Wanamaker’s location and nine similarly hulking stores like Snellenburg’s, business on Philadelphia’s Market Street was for decades a desolate echo of its former self. Today, a new generation of developers is betting big on downtown.

  • Will Popularity of On-Demand Office Providers Bring on “Peak Office”?

    February 12, 2016

    Sustainability and social networks are transforming the way the real estate industry operates, according to Mark Gilbreath, CEO of LiquidSpace, predicting we will reach “peak office” in the next five years.

  • In Print: The Nature of Urban Design: A New York Perspective on Resilience

    February 12, 2016

    In his book, Alexandros Washburn writes that “nothing important in a city can change without an alignment of politics, finance, and design.” As New York City’s chief urban designer under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, he played a key role in the planning and building of the High Line, the 21st century’s most notable civic design project. That experience shaped his view of city design.

  • U.S. Treasury Looking at Cash Buyers of Luxury Homes in New York, Miami

    February 9, 2016

    Residential real estate executives are assessing the impact of a new U.S. Treasury Department initiative to crack down on criminals and corrupt foreign officials who use luxury home purchases to launder money, requiring title insurance companies in Miami and New York City to disclose the identities of buyers paying cash starting in March.

  • Refugee Migration Clouds Largely Positive Outlook for Europe

    February 8, 2016

    The economic outlook is mostly positive for Europe in 2016—but the current increase in migrants arriving in Europe has threatened the political consensus that has mostly held sway on the continent since World War II, said experts speaking at the ULI Europe conference in Paris.

  • Dense, More Compact Cities Help Combat Climate Change, Inequality

    February 8, 2016

    Dense, compact cities are “the way forward in the development of man” and are critical in combating climate change and inequality, renowned architect Lord Richard Rogers told delegates at the ULI Europe conference in Paris.

  • Office Sublease Space Grows in Tech and Energy Markets

    February 8, 2016

    Last week, Yahoo became the most recent large tech company to announce layoffs and office closures as it explores alternatives for its web business. Moves like this highlight the growing issue of sublease space among tech and energy companies, whose expansion drove demand for office space in recent years. Are new availabilities relieving tight conditions or a sign of something more severe? Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • What Will Turn Millennials into New Homeowners?

    February 5, 2016

    The big question hovering over housing during the financial recovery has been what will convince millennials to become homeowners? Two showcase homes unveiled at the recent International Builders Show in Las Vegas provide both answers and inspiration.

  • Power in Half Measures: Pritzker Prize Winner Alejandro Aravena

    February 5, 2016

    When the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury selected Alejandro Aravena of Santiago, Chile, as the 2016 laureate, it was not only for what Aravena designs, but also for what he does not design. The firm for which he serves as executive director, Santiago-based Elemental, has earned international attention for designing low-cost social housing that provides “half a house”—a home that people can inhabit, plus a framework that allows them to double the size of their dwellings as they have time and resources.

  • Video: Architect Richard Rogers and the 2015 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize

    February 3, 2016

    Richard Rogers, an internationally renowned architect recognized for people-oriented building design and development, has been named the 2015 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Rogers was honored as part of the ULI Europe Conference in Paris.

  • Bringing an Open-Air Venue and Park to a Former Landfill in the Music City

    February 2, 2016

    The sight and sound of giant incinerators burning tons of trash in the heart of Nashville’s urban core have been replaced by musical performances and picnicking families, tourists snapping photos, and occupants of surrounding offices, apartments, and condominiums experiencing the city’s new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold–certified riverside amphitheater and park.

  • Are Apartment REITs Headed Toward a Cliff in 2016?

    February 1, 2016

    Apartments had a very strong year in 2015, with rent growth averaging 4.8 percent and occupancy averaging 95.8 percent according to MPF Research, a division of Real Page. But apartment market activity slowed late in the year, and opinions are mixed about whether it was seasonal slowing or a sign that markets are cooling. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • 18-Hour Cities Reinforce Their Hold on Investors’ and Developers’ Attention

    February 1, 2016

    Eight of the top ten cities identified by the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2016 report compiled by ULI and PwC as the most favorable for investment and development in 2016 are secondary cities, sometimes called 18-hour cities. There is greater risk in such cities, but they also offer better opportunities and the potential for larger yields than the traditional gateway cities, survey respondents said.

  • Will U.S. Housing Supply Be Appropriate for Future Demand?

    February 1, 2016

    The United States is in the midst of a diversity boom that could rival or even surpass that seen during the baby boom of the last half of the 20th century, demographer William Frey writes in his 2014 book Diversity Explosion. In a question and answer session, Frey discusses the implications of changing demographics on U.S. housing.

  • Developing along Philadelphia’s Schuylkill River Trail

    February 1, 2016

    The Schuylkill Banks project is part of a 26-mile (42 km) trail extending from Center City Philadelphia northwestward to Valley Forge. The full Schuylkill River Trail will ultimately extend about 130 miles (209 km) from the Appalachian Trail to the Delaware River.

  • HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition Highlights Connection between Urban Development and Community Resilience

    January 28, 2016

    The $1 billion in National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC) grants recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a critical step in helping states and communities across the nation become more resilient to the impacts of climate change, according to ULI. In addition, the grant proposals and winning applications have highlighted the important connections between urban design and development and improving community resilience.

  • Will Airbnb Go the Way of Napster?

    January 25, 2016

    For many travelers today, the best way to see a new city is to find an apartment in a hip residential neighborhood using the short-term home rental company Airbnb. But Airbnb has come face to face with a serious threat: hostility from local governments.

  • Retail Jewel Box Houses Fast Food in Rotterdam

    January 25, 2016

    In Rotterdam, a fast-food tenant replaces an obstructive kiosk in a prominent location with a simple glass box that draws people—and sunlight—in.

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