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  • 02-21-17

    Retail REITs Post Mixed Performance Due to Shifting Consumer Preferences

    According to NAREIT, regional mall REITs posted total yearly returns of –5.2 percent last year. However, the broader retail REIT sector brought in a 0.95 percent total return for 2016, and 0.5 percent for 2017 year-to-date. Within the sector, freestanding retail REITs significantly outperformed mall REITs and shopping centers last year overall. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.

  • 02-21-17

    How Three Global Cities Are Working with the Private Sector to Create Housing, Public Spaces

    Given that urbanization is putting ever greater pressure on the finite resources of Europe’s capital cities, the need to create more affordable housing was a major part of the discussion with three public officials speaking at the recent ULI Europe Conference.

  • 02-17-17

    ULI Global Trustees Ponder Impact of Driverless Technology

    The significant, lasting impact that driverless technology will have on land use and urban development was the topic of a thought-provoking discussion at ULI’s recent Midwinter Meeting, held at the Institute’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., and attended by the Institute’s global trustees.

  • 02-16-17

    Embracing Flexibility, Sociability of Disruptive Technology Trends

    At a recent ULI Chicago event, speakers addressed the disruptive technologies that are having an impact on today’s lifestyles and shaping our vision of the future city. What is a reasonable projection of the near future in real estate, and which investments will enable the industry to profit and cities to prosper? Panelists asked whether current trends are pointing us toward a leisure city, a green city, a dystopia, or something in between.

  • 02-14-17

    Calculating the Cost of Excess Parking in Transit-Oriented Developments

    The a new study of TOD and parking, Empty Spaces, which was released by Smart Growth America in partnership with the University of Utah’s College of Architecture and Planning, found that even some of the top TOD projects in the United States had built too much parking, focusing on five case studies.

  • 02-13-17

    Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance

    Energy and energy efficiency were recurring topics at a recent event hosted by ULI Los Angeles, as developers and planners wrestle with ways to improve the efficiency of buildings and communities. New technology and government mandates have helped push the issues to the forefront, but speakers emphasized repeatedly the need for a different way of thinking about short- and long-term goals.

  • 02-13-17

    The Security Challenge: Building around 21st-Century Threats

    The Peterson Companies’ new National Harbor complex development attracts 10 million people each year, but it is likely that few will notice all the measures Peterson has put in place for their protection, which are both well concealed and elaborate.

  • 02-10-17

    Reversing the Decline in California’s Workforce Housing

    The housing affordability gap in San Diego is among the highest in California, with the average household shelling out 35 percent of their income for housing, and one-quarter of the population spending half of their income on rent. Recently, ULI San Diego/Tijuana brought together multifamily housing experts with local government and community leaders to discuss creative ways to increase workforce-housing stock.

  • 02-10-17

    In Print: The Permaculture City: Regenerative Design for Urban, Suburban, and Town Resilience

    Cities and suburbs are natural places for designs inspired by natural systems, according The Permaculture City by Toby Hemenway, a guidebook to permaculture design in the concrete jungle. “Permaculture design is turning out to be beautifully suited to urban contexts,” says Hemenway.

  • 02-09-17

    Every Drop Counts in Making Amsterdam “Rainproof”

    Even Amsterdam’s fairly modern sewage system and the ubiquitous canals and rivers are not likely to withstand the kind of intense rainfall Europe has recently experienced. Expanding the existing infrastructure to process ever-larger amounts of water is also not viable. The ultimate solution lies in a variety of measures ranging from very small ones, such as individuals putting water tanks in gardens, to larger projects like installing permeable surfaces in public spaces.