New Developments

  • Overcoming the Resistance to More Density

    July 6, 2015 Speaking at ULI Europe's Real Estate Trends Conference, ULI senior fellow Greg Clark drew attention to the “long memory” for failed density projects across the globe. “If Europe is to retain economic strength, it is necessary to unlock these issues,” he warned.
  • ULI Announces New Global Chairman

    July 6, 2015 Randall K. Rowe, chairman of Green Courte Partners LLC, a Chicago-based private equity real estate investment firm, has been named the new global chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). As chairman, Rowe will focus on three areas: strengthening the Institute’s capacity for knowledge sharing throughout all its member-to-member networks; ensuring that ULI’s core programs have a steady source of funding; and growing the organization globally.
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New Developments

  • Overcoming the Resistance to More Density

    July 6, 2015 Speaking at ULI Europe's Real Estate Trends Conference, ULI senior fellow Greg Clark drew attention to the “long memory” for failed density projects across the globe. “If Europe is to retain economic strength, it is necessary to unlock these issues,” he warned.
  • ULI Announces New Global Chairman

    July 6, 2015 Randall K. Rowe, chairman of Green Courte Partners LLC, a Chicago-based private equity real estate investment firm, has been named the new global chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). As chairman, Rowe will focus on three areas: strengthening the Institute’s capacity for knowledge sharing throughout all its member-to-member networks; ensuring that ULI’s core programs have a steady source of funding; and growing the organization globally.
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    Converting Mill Space into Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities

    Minneapolis-based Dominium is cooking up a new use for the former Pillsbury flour mill complex on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Four buildings on the 3.2-acre (1.3 ha) site are being transformed into the A-Mill Artist Lofts, a 251-unit affordable housing project that will serve working artists.

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    Modernizing San Francisco’s Century-Old City Hall

    Soon to celebrate its centennial, San Francisco’s historic City Hall was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM), the oldest building in the United States to achieve the USGBC’s highest rating.

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    Six Finalists Selected for ULI’s Urban Open Space Award

    ULI has announced six finalists for its global Urban Open Space Award, an annual competition that recognizes outstanding examples of successful large- and small-scale public spaces that have socially enriched and revitalized their surrounding communities.

  • cypher1_800x467 Market Trends

    Rethinking Real Estate Education

    In an opinion piece for Urban Land, Matthew Cypher, director of the Real Estate Finance Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, says the hands-on training of other industries such as health care can provide new models for real estate education.

Recent Articles

  • ULX: 10 New Projects by High-Profile Designers

    July 6, 2015

    The following ten projects by internationally known architecture firms—all completed during the past five years—include buildings that create and shape public open space, fit inventively into neighborhoods and historic contexts without dominating them, rethink educational traditions to foster interaction among students in the digital age, and reconnect city residents to nature.

  • First Over the Bridj

    July 6, 2015

    What happens when a self-proclaimed urban-innovation “nerd” takes a new ride-sharing service for a spin?

  • Digital Sales Driving Shifts in Requirements for Physical Space

    July 6, 2015

    Midmarket hotels, traditional office space, and even high street retail are among the forms of real estate that will have the “lowest possible value in the future” because of shifting tastes and land-use patterns, according to the chief executive officer of a leading think tank at the ULI Real Estate Trends Conference 2015 in London.

  • Overcoming the Resistance to More Density

    July 6, 2015

    Speaking at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Trends Conference, ULI senior fellow Greg Clark drew attention to the “long memory” for failed density projects across the globe. “If Europe is to retain economic strength, it is necessary to unlock these issues,” he warned.

  • ULI Announces New Global Chairman

    July 6, 2015

    Randall K. Rowe, chairman of Green Courte Partners LLC, a Chicago-based private equity real estate investment firm, has been named the new global chairman of the Urban Land Institute (ULI). As chairman, Rowe will focus on three areas: strengthening the Institute’s capacity for knowledge sharing throughout all its member-to-member networks; ensuring that ULI’s core programs have a steady source of funding; and growing the organization globally.

  • ULI Report Looks at Sea-Level Rise in the Bay Area

    July 6, 2015

    ULI San Francisco has released a report titled Tackling Sea-Level Rise: Best Practices in the San Francisco Bay Area based on a yearlong research effort. The report aims to help Bay Area governments, developers, landowners, and others to plan appropriately for sea-level rise, which the Bay Conservation and Development Commission estimates could inundate potentially 280 square miles (725 sq km) of property by 2050.

  • Quantifying the U.S. Housing Crisis

    July 1, 2015

    The newly founded J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families launched in June with the release of an investigative housing report, focused on the post–Great Recession housing market in the United States.

  • Walkable Downtowns Drawing Companies and Talent

    July 1, 2015

    Suburban office parks, which developed and spread far and wide as businesses left American cities, are now losing ground to those same cities, according to a new report by Smart Growth America.

  • Understanding the Benefits and Costs of World-Class High-Speed Rail

    June 29, 2015

    The chairman of the UK’s High Speed 2 transport project says that one of his “major challenges” in managing the multibillion-pound north–south rail link is to convince the public of its benefits, speaking at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Trends Conference in London.

  • Drivers of Change for the Global Real Estate Industry

    June 29, 2015

    Wearable technology, driverless cars, and the sharing economy are challenging the real estate industry to design cities with alternative buildings and services to keep pace with changing lifestyles, a leading design consultant said at the ULI’s Real Estate Trends conference in London.

  • Rising Rents—and Repurcussions

    June 29, 2015

    Residential rents are at the crisis level, according to real estate economists who addressed a gathering of the National Association of Real Estate Editors in Miami last week. In addition to crowding out renters’ other budget items, including necessities such as dental care, the ongoing lack of affordability is hindering the market for home purchases.

  • REITs Continue to Tap Unsecured Notes Market

    June 29, 2015

    This year, real estate investment trusts (REITs) have raised $17.1 billion of capital through the sale of unsecured notes, bringing the total raised over the past two and a half years to just more than $75 billion. That is more than they raised during the previous five years. The low rates have allowed REITs to issue ten-year bonds with coupons as low as 2.75 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Report: Construction Lags as U.S. Homeownership Continues to Slide

    June 26, 2015

    U.S. homeownership rates continue to slide, single-family construction remains near historic lows, and existing-home sales have slowed, according to Harvard’s State of the Nation’s Housing 2015 report.

  • ULI Announces Five Finalists for Kemp Housing Awards

    June 26, 2015

    The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing has announced the finalists of this year’s Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award competition, a program that honors developments that ensure housing affordability for people with a range of incomes. The winners will be announced later this year during a general session at the 2015 ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

  • ULI Europe Report Makes Case for Investing in Density

    June 26, 2015

    Embracing “good” density should be a priority for cities, according to Density: Drivers, Dividends, and Debates, a new ULI report. Written by Greg Clark, ULI Europe senior fellow, and Emily Moir, director of the Business of Cities Ltd., the report argues that well-managed and well-serviced densification is the best strategy for contending with growing populations in cities.

  • Developing Private Accessory Dwellings

    June 26, 2015

    Large homebuilders—and small-scale specialists—are coming up with ways to increase the supply of affordable and versatile accessory dwellings.

  • In Print: Railtown: The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City

    June 26, 2015

    Railtown chronicles the latest chapter in the Los Angeles saga—the city’s transition from a smoggy, car-loving, freeway-dominated megacity to an emerging cluster of walkable urban centers linked by public transit, including light and heavy rail as well as buses.

  • ULI Survey: Investors Cautiously Optimistic on Mainland China

    June 26, 2015

    Investors are cautiously optimistic about investment and development prospects in the Chinese Mainland’s Tier 1 and leading Tier 2 cities, as well as those located in economically prosperous coastal regions, as demand for new housing and office space rises with the country’s burgeoning high-tech industry and the expansion of high-speed rail lines and subway infrastructure, according to Chinese Mainland Real Estate Markets 2015, released by the Urban Land Institute.

  • Better Data Collection–through Light Fixtures

    June 26, 2015

    On top of offering energy-efficient lighting, LED systems can collect and transmit data on their environment-and the people in it.

  • Making Downtowns What They Used to Be

    June 26, 2015

    Eight rules for building vibrant places where people can live, work, and play.

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