New Developments

  • Performance of Retail REITs Mixed As Consumer Preferences Shift

    February 21, 2017 According to NAREIT, regional mall REITs posted total yearly returns of –5.2 percent last year. However, the broader retail REIT sector brought in a 0.95 percent total return for 2016, and 0.5 percent for 2017 year-to-date. Within the sector, freestanding retail REITs significantly outperformed mall REITs and shopping centers last year overall. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
  • ULI Global Trustees Ponder Impact of Driverless Technology

    February 17, 2017 The significant, lasting impact that driverless technology will have on land use and urban development was the topic of a thought-provoking discussion at ULI’s recent Midwinter Meeting, held at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and attended by the Institute’s global trustees.

New Developments

  • Performance of Retail REITs Mixed As Consumer Preferences Shift

    February 21, 2017 According to NAREIT, regional mall REITs posted total yearly returns of –5.2 percent last year. However, the broader retail REIT sector brought in a 0.95 percent total return for 2016, and 0.5 percent for 2017 year-to-date. Within the sector, freestanding retail REITs significantly outperformed mall REITs and shopping centers last year overall. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.
  • ULI Global Trustees Ponder Impact of Driverless Technology

    February 17, 2017 The significant, lasting impact that driverless technology will have on land use and urban development was the topic of a thought-provoking discussion at ULI’s recent Midwinter Meeting, held at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and attended by the Institute’s global trustees.
  • The MiCa apartment building in Chicago's Logan Square. Renters are paying a premium to be close to transit and amenities like rooftop outdoor space. (Ian Spula) Market Trends

    Embracing Flexibility, Sociability of Disruptive Technology Trends

    At a recent ULI Chicago event, speakers addressed the disruptive technologies that are having an impact on today’s lifestyles and shaping our vision of the future city. What is a reasonable projection of the near future in real estate, and which investments will enable the industry to profit and cities to prosper? Panelists asked whether current trends are pointing us toward a leisure city, a green city, a dystopia, or something in between.

  • Photo by Margriet Klippel Sustainability

    Every Drop Counts in Making Amsterdam “Rainproof”

    Even Amsterdam’s fairly modern sewage system and the ubiquitous canals and rivers are not likely to withstand the kind of intense rainfall Europe has recently experienced. Expanding the existing infrastructure to process ever-larger amounts of water is also not viable. The ultimate solution lies in a variety of measures ranging from very small ones, such as individuals putting water tanks in gardens, to larger projects like installing permeable surfaces in public spaces.

  • (Mike Wilson/Unsplash) Sustainability

    Calculating the Cost of Excess Parking in Transit-Oriented Developments

    A new study of TOD and parking, Empty Spaces, which was released by Smart Growth America in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning, found that even some of the top TOD projects in the United States had built too much parking, focusing on five case studies.

  • From left to right: Sustainability

    Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance

    Energy and energy efficiency were recurring topics at a recent event hosted by ULI Los Angeles, as developers and planners wrestle with ways to improve the efficiency of buildings and communities. New technology and government mandates have helped push the issues to the forefront, but speakers emphasized repeatedly the need for a different way of thinking about short- and long-term goals.

Recent Articles

  • Four Teams Selected as Finalists in ULI Hines Student Competition

    February 23, 2017

    Teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Université Laval in Quebec, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin have been selected as the four finalists for the 15th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.

  • ULX: 10 Government Buildings

    February 21, 2017

    The following ten projects—all completed over the past five years—take creative approaches to balance transparency with security to reach out to the public.

  • Performance of Retail REITs Mixed As Consumer Preferences Shift

    February 21, 2017

    According to NAREIT, regional mall REITs posted total yearly returns of –5.2 percent last year. However, the broader retail REIT sector brought in a 0.95 percent total return for 2016, and 0.5 percent for 2017 year-to-date. Within the sector, freestanding retail REITs significantly outperformed mall REITs and shopping centers last year overall. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • How Three Global Cities Are Working with the Private Sector to Create Housing, Public Spaces

    February 21, 2017

    Given that urbanization is putting ever greater pressure on the finite resources of Europe’s capital cities, the need to create more affordable housing was a major part of the discussion with three public officials speaking at the recent ULI Europe Conference.

  • ULI Global Trustees Ponder Impact of Driverless Technology

    February 17, 2017

    The significant, lasting impact that driverless technology will have on land use and urban development was the topic of a thought-provoking discussion at ULI’s recent Midwinter Meeting, held at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and attended by the Institute’s global trustees.

  • Embracing Flexibility, Sociability of Disruptive Technology Trends

    February 16, 2017

    At a recent ULI Chicago event, speakers addressed the disruptive technologies that are having an impact on today’s lifestyles and shaping our vision of the future city. What is a reasonable projection of the near future in real estate, and which investments will enable the industry to profit and cities to prosper? Panelists asked whether current trends are pointing us toward a leisure city, a green city, a dystopia, or something in between.

  • Calculating the Cost of Excess Parking in Transit-Oriented Developments

    February 14, 2017

    A new study of TOD and parking, Empty Spaces, which was released by Smart Growth America in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning, found that even some of the top TOD projects in the United States had built too much parking, focusing on five case studies.

  • Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance

    February 13, 2017

    Energy and energy efficiency were recurring topics at a recent event hosted by ULI Los Angeles, as developers and planners wrestle with ways to improve the efficiency of buildings and communities. New technology and government mandates have helped push the issues to the forefront, but speakers emphasized repeatedly the need for a different way of thinking about short- and long-term goals.

  • The Security Challenge: Building around 21st-Century Threats

    February 13, 2017

    The Peterson Companies’ new National Harbor complex development attracts 10 million people each year, but it is likely that few will notice all the measures Peterson has put in place for their protection, which are both well concealed and elaborate.

  • Reversing the Decline in California’s Workforce Housing

    February 10, 2017

    The housing affordability gap in San Diego is among the highest in California, with the average household shelling out 35 percent of their income for housing, and one-quarter of the population spending half of their income on rent. Recently, ULI San Diego/Tijuana brought together multifamily housing experts with local government and community leaders to discuss creative ways to increase workforce-housing stock.

  • In Print: The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience

    February 10, 2017

    Cities and suburbs are natural places for designs inspired by natural systems, according The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway, a guidebook to permaculture design in the concrete jungle. “Permaculture design is turning out to be beautifully suited to urban contexts,” says Hemenway.

  • Every Drop Counts in Making Amsterdam “Rainproof”

    February 9, 2017

    Even Amsterdam’s fairly modern sewage system and the ubiquitous canals and rivers are not likely to withstand the kind of intense rainfall Europe has recently experienced. Expanding the existing infrastructure to process ever-larger amounts of water is also not viable. The ultimate solution lies in a variety of measures ranging from very small ones, such as individuals putting water tanks in gardens, to larger projects like installing permeable surfaces in public spaces.

  • In Brief: U.S. Industrial Markets Maintained Record Pace in 2016

    February 8, 2017

    Last month, Cushman & Wakefield reported that U.S. industrial markets absorbed 63.6 million square feet (5.9 million sq m) of space in the final quarter of 2016, which propelled net absorption for the year to a record-setting 282.9 million square feet (26.3 million sq m). According to the company, the U.S. industrial vacancy rate for all product types continued to decline in the fourth quarter, falling 30 basis points (bps) from the prior quarter and 100 bps from the prior year to 5.5 percent.

  • Modest Gains for REITs in January

    February 6, 2017

    According to the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT), the FTSE/NAREIT All REIT Index posted a return of 0.2 percent last month, compared to the Standard & Poor’s 500 index return of 1.9 percent. As for REIT property sectors, timber REITs posted a total return of 3.7 percent, while industrial REITs dropped by 6.5 percent. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Investors React to Changing Tourist Patterns in Europe

    February 3, 2017

    Europe is a divided continent in many ways. While markets like Spain, Portugal, and Croatia are experiencing a surge in visitors, France, Belgium, and Turkey face a tourism crisis. Performance varies from country to country.

  • Jan./Feb. Issue of Urban Land Is Available for Download

    February 3, 2017

    The latest issue of the magazine is now available for download through the Urban Land app. The cover package for this issue is titled “Safe and Welcoming: The challenge facing developers of public places.”

  • In Brief: Los Angeles, Seattle Are Top Multifamily Markets for 2017

    February 2, 2017

    Los Angeles is now the top city in Marcus & Millichap’s National Multifamily Index, moving up 11 spots from a year earlier. The move was fueled by a forecast for further tightening in vacancy and minimal supply growth. Robust job growth pushed Seattle-Tacoma seven spots higher to place second on the list.

  • Preserving the Past while Building the Future in Philadelphia

    February 1, 2017

    In the six years since Philadelphia began to slowly reverse decades of population loss, the city has seen its share of real estate development controversies. Most of these—involving questions of gentrification, tax abatements, and density—would be familiar in any number of U.S. cities that have undergone a resurgence in the past few years. But lately, discussions about the preservation and demolition of the city’s thousands of historic properties have been particularly pitched.

  • In Print: The City That Never Was

    February 1, 2017

    Mark Twain once observed that “there are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it and when he can.” Author Christopher Marcinkoski, on the other hand—a faculty member in landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania—takes the opposite tack in this, his first book: “speculative expansion of settlement will continue in perpetuity, and any suggestion otherwise should be met with the utmost suspicion.”

  • In Print: Handbook of Biophilic City Planning and Design

    January 30, 2017

    The term biophilia was coined by psychiatrist Eric Fromm during the 1960s and later championed by esteemed biologist E.O. Wilson (1984) in his evocative book by the same name. Author Tim Beatley is a relatively recent convert to the biophilia hypothesis, having previously garnered well-deserved repute for promoting the cause of sustainable cities as an antidote to the specter of climate change.

All Articles