New Developments

  • Chicago Area Selected as Study Site for 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition

    January 9, 2017 An area adjacent to the North Branch of the Chicago River has been selected as the study site in the 15th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.
  • Seattle to Host ULI’s 2017 Spring Meeting

    December 21, 2016 ULI will hold its 2017 Spring Meeting May 2–4 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. A major focus for the 2017 gathering will be innovative development resulting from the influence of the technology industry, which is transforming cities across the United States. The Seattle urban region, which is the headquarters for Microsoft, Amazon, and a host of other major technology-related companies, is a prime example of this urban evolution.
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    Canada: Five Cities Poised for Growth in 2017

    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.

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    Bangalore Touted as Asia’s Strongest Market for 2017

    While demand is strong in the Asia Pacific real estate industry, the supply of core product is thinner than ever, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2017, a real estate forecast jointly published by ULI and PwC.

  • Kenton McKeehan, Hines, Melanie Ferguson, Matthews Southwest, Mark G. Bulmash, The Howard Hughes Corporation, Catherine Cuellar, catherinecuellar.com, Sarah Kimes, CallisonRTKL speaking during the Mall of the Future: Catalysts for Community Regeneration session at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas Texas. Development

    Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites

    Aging shopping malls—many burdened with high vacancy rates or even abandoned—are being transformed into vibrant, mixed-use destinations that are connected to their surrounding communities. At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, “the mall of the future” was explored by a panel of design, development, and placemaking experts.

New Developments

  • Chicago Area Selected as Study Site for 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition

    January 9, 2017 An area adjacent to the North Branch of the Chicago River has been selected as the study site in the 15th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.
  • Seattle to Host ULI’s 2017 Spring Meeting

    December 21, 2016 ULI will hold its 2017 Spring Meeting May 2–4 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. A major focus for the 2017 gathering will be innovative development resulting from the influence of the technology industry, which is transforming cities across the United States. The Seattle urban region, which is the headquarters for Microsoft, Amazon, and a host of other major technology-related companies, is a prime example of this urban evolution.
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    A Tax Credit Turns 30

    The low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) has helped house millions, and it remains a vital driver of development. The 30-year track record of the LIHTC offers compelling evidence that affordable housing is good business, a stable asset class, and a strong driver of economic activity and neighborhood improvement.

  • Where We Met, a giant air-supported art installation by Janet Echelman, covers a portion of the new LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. (© OJB Landscape Architecture, Courtesy of LeBauer Park) Market Trends

    Private Money and Management Are Transforming America’s Downtowns

    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.

Recent Articles

  • The Evolution of Modern Architecture, Engineering, and Design Firms

    January 17, 2017

    They face common challenges managing technology, attracting talent—and making the transition to a new generation of leadership.

  • Can Apartment REITs Turn It Around in 2017?

    January 17, 2017

    Supply is the name of the game with the apartment sector, which uncharacteristically underperformed through 2016. The sector, which has been a perennial leader in recent years, posted a flat 2.86 percent total return for the year, a stark contrast with its more than 50 percent rise during 2014 and 2015. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • Northwestern Small Blocks: The History and Rationale Behind an Urban Model

    January 17, 2017

    The scale of Portland’s and Vancouver’s small blocks sets patterns that solve multiple development problems and can be a contemporary model for developing urbane, walkable, and sustainable communities.

  • Video: How Seattle Is Growing into a Great Transit City

    January 17, 2017

    Seattle is one of the fastest-growing cities in America, and the city is making bold investments to ensure most residents live within walking distance of frequent transit, according to a new video produced by StreetFilms and TransitCenter.

  • Leveraging Real Estate to Achieve Climate Goals

    January 17, 2017

    Practical strategies for owners, operators, and tenants who want to lighten their carbon footprint—and boost their bottom line.

  • 2016 in Review: REITs Start Strong but Slow Down

    January 9, 2017

    In a volatile year, the FTSE/NAREIT All REIT Index posted a modest total return of 9.3 percent in 2016, while the S&P 500 saw a total return of 12 percent. Real estate investment trusts (REITs) enjoyed a pleasant opening to the year, followed by a skittish second half as interest rate concerns applied downward pressure.

  • Industry Outlook for Adding Value with Design

    January 9, 2017

    How can raising the quality of architecture add value to real estate developments?

  • Chicago Area Selected as Study Site for 2017 ULI Hines Student Competition

    January 9, 2017

    An area adjacent to the North Branch of the Chicago River has been selected as the study site in the 15th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.

  • ULI Awards 10 Urban Innovation Grants for 2017

    January 9, 2017

    Ten grants totaling $100,000 have been awarded to ULI district and national councils through the Institute’s Urban Innovation Grant program.

  • Cincinnati’s Streetcar and a Downtown Revival

    January 9, 2017

    By the time the first passengers boarded Cincinnati’s streetcar in September, its advocates had already been on a wild 15-year ride that included surviving two ballot initiatives to derail the project. The Cincinnati Bell Connector—the streetcar’s formal name, thanks to that company’s ten-year, $3.4 million naming-rights deal signed in August—began clanging through Cincinnati’s streets at a time when construction continues ramping up in the city center.

  • ULX: 10 Feats of Engineering

    January 9, 2017

    Ten innovative structural designs enhance the aesthetics and functionality of buildings and bridges.

  • ULI/McCoy Symposium on Real Estate Finance: Facing Uncertainty

    January 3, 2017

    ULI life trustee Bowen H. “Buzz” McCoy shared with Urban Land some key findings and insights from the ULI/McCoy Symposium on Real Estate Finance.

  • In Brief: U.S. Construction Reaches Cyclical High in Q3 2016

    December 22, 2016

    According to a report by JLL, U.S. construction spending reached $317 billion in the third quarter, a one percent growth increase year-over-year, compared to 7-10 percent increases for the same quarter in previous years. “The construction industry is cyclical and a national slowdown is to be expected,” said Todd Burns, JLL president, project and development services.

  • Seattle to Host ULI’s 2017 Spring Meeting

    December 21, 2016

    ULI will hold its 2017 Spring Meeting May 2–4 at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. A major focus for the 2017 gathering will be innovative development resulting from the influence of the technology industry, which is transforming cities across the United States. The Seattle urban region, which is the headquarters for Microsoft, Amazon, and a host of other major technology-related companies, is a prime example of this urban evolution.

  • Opportunities in the Year Ahead for China

    December 21, 2016

    Though next year could be a tough one for investors in Chinese real estate, the country’s economy is also more entwined with that of the rest of the world than ever before, speakers said at the 2016 ULI China Mainland Winter Meeting in Shanghai.

  • How U.S. Communities Are Adapting to Climate Change

    December 21, 2016

    Taking the necessary steps to prepare for climate change—and the extreme weather events that go along with it—can be a daunting task. A new report includes separate case studies of distinct adaptation actions from a diverse group of 17 communities across the nation from Boston to El Paso, Texas.

  • Remembering Mayor William H. Hudnut III

    December 19, 2016

    Former Indianapolis Mayor William H. Hudnut III, who served as a ULI senior resident fellow and the ULI/Joseph C. Canizaro Chair for Public Policy from 1996 to 2009, passed away on December 18 after a lengthy illness. He was 84.

  • Access to Public Spaces, Waterfront Locations Driving Healthy Luxury Condo Market in South Florida

    December 19, 2016

    Amid reports that U.S. luxury condo sales are slowing, many developers and real estate speculators are wondering whether Miami is perched on the edge of another recession. Or will it remain one of the world’s strongest condo markets?

  • Urban Land’s Most Popular Articles for 2016

    December 19, 2016

    As we close the books on the year, we wanted to look back on the topics that resonated with the readers of Urban Land Online in the past year. Here are the top five most popular articles from 2016.

  • Industrial REITs on the Nice List, Continue Strong Performance

    December 19, 2016

    Industrial real estate investment trusts recently hit their second-highest year-to-date return for 2016 at 24.98 percent. While industry professionals have raised concerns that supply and demand issues may plague the next 12 to 24 months, the industrial sector has been noticeably active as it has posted high aggregate occupancy and low delinquency rates. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

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