Jack Skelley writes about urban design, architecture and real estate. A senior partner at Paolucci Communication Arts, Skelley edits the firm’s “marketeering and urbaneering” e-newsletter and blog, The Hot Sheet. He serves on the Executive Committee of Urban Land Institute, Los Angeles and writes frequently for FORM, Urban Land and Riviera magazine, where he is a Contributing Writer
As land values rise, the cost of high-density parking begins to pencil out for developers. At some point, parking systems that automatically store and retrieve cars could become attractive.
A handful of urban centers are climbing out of recession and may serve as models for the rest of the nation, says the Emerging Trends report presented at a ULI Fall Meeting press conference last week.
It is a familiar plot: architect meets housing developer; original developer goes belly-up in housing bust; development is half finished and gathers dust. But this Hollywood story has a happy ending.
Intended to be very walkable and multigenerational and offer access to all major services without driving, new developments aimed at baby boomers are moving back into the city and near public transit.
When it comes to urban infrastructure, architects impart a sense of place and a human scale—but equally important are basic structural capabilities. And the interplay between these two defines success.