Dynamic urban parks and plazas can offer more than just a quiet respite for residents and visitors, including foot traffic for retailers and higher property values.
Tokyo is expected to be the strongest market in Asia for real estate investment next year, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Asia Pacific 2014, a real estate forecast jointly published by ULI and PwC.
This still-timely book makes a number of suggestions for adapting and redesigning suburbs in order to create more sustainable urban living patterns. It is really three books in one—a history of suburbia in the United States, a compendium of suburban redevelopment strategies, and a description of award-winning designs from an architectural competition to reshape Long Island, New York.
A key goal of Seattle’s Bullitt Center project is to demonstrate that by holistically integrating a synergistic combination of performance-based design, engineering, and operating strategies, a good-sized commercial office development can achieve those zero nets today—without heavy reliance on overly complex or highly customized systems.
The Future of the City is a treasure trove of skyscraper designs from around the world. Almost an encyclopedia, the book tells you everything you would want to know about the architecture and urban design of the tall buildings sprouting up in Dubai, Beijing, Chicago, London, and elsewhere.
The two great railroad stations of the greatest city in the United States—Grand Central Terminal (opened 1913) and Pennsylvania (Penn) Station (opened 1910, demolished 1963–1966)—stand as useful bookends in surveying the recent historic preservation movement in the United States. The destruction of Penn Station helped start the modern historic preservation movement in New York City and, subsequently, the United States.
Cities need look no further than Chicago’s “Bean,” Anish Kapoor’s iconic Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park, to realize how investment in the arts can pay off.
While the race between the path and direction of cap rates, interest rates, and growth in net operating income appears to be postponed until 2015, an improving economy, combined with improving real estate fundamentals, may mean that the race will not need to be run.
Are sites like AirBNB.com to blame for higher rents in cities? Some analysis indicates that home sharing has the potential to make urban housing more affordable for more families.
“Rethinking, Reinvention, and Recovery” has been announced as the theme for ULI Europe’s 18th Annual Conference, scheduled for February 4–5, 2014, in Paris.