Curing the Modern Plague of Human Behavior

In the past decade, there has been a shift in the types of diseases affecting populations around the world, particularly in the more developed world. This shift requires new approaches to human health that extend beyond formal health care systems and include the built environment, says Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of the National Health Service in England.

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Transforming Communities with the Resilience Dividend

This is an excerpt from ULI’s book, Visionaries in Urban Development, which profiles the first 15 years of the ULI J.C. Nichols prize, the Institute’s highest honor. The 2014 honoree is Dr. Judith Rodin.

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Reimagining Houston’s Transit System

After a two-year process, Houston’s existing bus system will be restructured to give better coverage and boost frequency to key areas without cost. Could other systems be similarly optimized?

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The shaded area shows how South Boston would be inundated by a 7.5-foot (2.3 m) rise in sea level if no action is taken. (arrowstreet)Sustainability

Two If by Sea: The Urban Implications of Living with Water

ULI Boston/New England recently published a report, The Urban Implications of Living with Water, drawn from a charrette charged with exploring strategies for dealing with the effects of rising sea levels. It addresses four areas of Boston: the historic Back Bay neighborhood, Revere Beach, the Alewife Quadrangle, and the Innovation District.

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Recent Articles

  • Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

    March 9, 2015

    Development strategies that can improve health outcomes—such as providing protected bikeways, minimizing noise pollution, and offering amenities such as community gardens—are highlighted in a new publication from the Urban Land Institute, the Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment.

  • Charleston’s Upper Peninsula: Sustainable Growth for a Knowledge-Based Economy

    March 4, 2015

    Dubbed “Silicon Harbor” by Fast Company magazine, Charleston has become a hotbed for digital startups with homegrown firms like Blue Acorn, PeopleMatter, and BoomTown! creating high-wage jobs, drawing talent from outside the region, and pumping dollars into the regional economy.

  • Green Innovations Adding Market Value

    February 27, 2015

    Clean, renewable energy technologies are already powering homes, commercial buildings, and cars, but will soon be taking on heavier assignments, including moving trains, trucks, and even jets, experts said at a shared conference day of FutureBuild 2015 and the Green Marketmaker’s Conference, held in Los Angeles in late January through a partnership between ULI Los Angeles and VerdeXchange.

  • Redeveloping for Health in Hamburg’s HafenCity

    February 20, 2015

    Decentralized spatial urban planning, rather than walkability, is the most effective tool for building healthy cities, says the chief executive officer of Europe’s largest inner-city development project.

  • The New Normal of Extreme Weather Conditions

    Disruptive forces created by climate change represent the “new normal” for the real estate industry and cities worldwide, posing “huge risks” to those not adequately preparing for it, warned a panel of experts at the ULI Europe Annual Conference in Paris in early February.

  • A Developing Front in Resilience: Electricity Microgrids

    February 17, 2015

    At some forward-thinking projects, developers are taking control of the electric supply into their own hands.

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