ULX: 10 Desert Designs

The following ten projects—all completed over the past five years—represent a variety of approaches to blocking the heat, including concrete domes modeled on palm trees, and solar chimneys tucked behind recycled copper panels.

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The St. Roch Market, founded in 1875, was vacant for eight years after Hurricane Katrina but reopened last April. To help revitalize the neighborhood economy, the building’s owner, the New Orleans Building Corporation, invested $3.6 million in refurbishing the 8,600-square-foot (800 sq m) structure as “white box” space. (Edward Fountain/ULI)

CEO Perspective: Land Use for Healthy Living

The New York Times recently published an interesting article on the popularity of Washington, D.C., as an “ideal place to grow older,” citing such senior-friendly assets as easy walkability and a prevalence of community gardens doing double duty as sources of fresh food and places to socialize.

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ULI Research: Real Estate Industry Must Address Climate Change to Maintain Competitiveness

As world leaders gather at the United Nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change, a new paper released by ULI argues that many real estate organizations are not adequately prepared for the implications of the agreement, which was made at last year’s 21st annual Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP-21).

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In Print: The Green and the Black: The Complete Story of the Shale Revolution, the Fight over Fracking, and the Future of Energy

Author Gary Sernovitz sees the American oil and gas renaissance as “the Internet of oil, a spark . . . that led to an industrial change of such scope and magnitude that we have woken up . . . in a once impossible world.” Yet public understanding of the shale revolution has lagged, leading to hype, scaremongering, and a failure to candidly discuss its urgent moral, technological, regulatory, and environmental challenges.

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Recent Articles

  • Rising Tides: Designing Resilient Amenities for Coastal Cities

    September 1, 2016

    Developers are undertaking new solutions and adjusting old ones to demonstrate that storm-related and sea-rise resilience can be leveraged into user amenities and community benefits, making dollars stretch further.

  • Zillow Models Nearly 2 Million U.S. Homes Flooded by 2100

    August 8, 2016

    Using maps released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), real estate listing provider Zillow is predicting that almost 300 U.S. cities would lose more than half of their housing stocks by the year 2100 due to rising sea levels associated with climate change. The estimated value of these homes is $882 billion.

  • Before It Runs Off

    July 14, 2016

    With water becoming an increasingly valuable resource, more emphasis is being placed on capturing and retaining rainwater and graywater.

  • Food Adds Flavor (and Value) to Real Estate: “Agrihoods” and Other Food-based Concepts

    June 28, 2016

    Homebuyers and developers have developed an appetite for more food-based amenities, said panelists speaking at a recent ULI Food & Real Estate Forum. “One of the hottest trends in new home development is incorporating agriculture … communities that include working farms are popping up all over the country,” says Sarene Marshall, executive director of the ULI Center for Sustainability.

  • The Edge: Setting a New Standard for Smart and Sustainable Offices in Amsterdam

    June 22, 2016

    Located in the Amsterdam financial and business district Zuidas, the Edge has been awarded the highest rating ever by the Building Research Establishment, the global assessor of sustainable buildings. With a combination of existing and new innovative technologies, it has set a standard for future office development that will completely change the way people work.

  • A Call for Public/Private Partnerships to Help Win South Florida’s Battle with Rising Sea Levels

    June 16, 2016

    Conversations are taking place among private developers, public sector leaders, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions in south Florida on a shared, multifaceted approach to climate change. A panel on resilience and the real estate industry at the recent ULI Florida Summit in Miami described some of these emerging partnerships, which will be necessary to adapt to the new normal of sea-level rise as well as plan and pay for more resilient communities.

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