Advances such as 3-D printing, robotics, and big data promise to transform the way people work and live—and how buildings are built. Here is a look at the next wave of the urban environment, and how to be prepared for it.
As we turn our calendar over to 2016, we wanted to look back on the topics that resonated with the readers of Urban Land Online in the past year, including rebuilding vibrant downtowns and ExxonMobil’s new campus in Houston.
Last week, the Federal Reserve raised its target funds interest rate by 25 basis points to 0.50 percent—the first increase since 2006. Residential mortgage REITs gained 3.37 percent Wednesday on the belief that higher interest rates will benefit the sector, and the manufactured-homes sector also posted strong gains.
The keynote speaker at the ULI Japan Fall Conference, held in Tokyo in November, was Takeshi Fujimaki, a member of Japan’s upper house and a long-term critic of the “Abenomics” strategy of President Shinzo Abe, saying Japan is set for dramatic inflation and unprecedented weakness in the yen.
Ten buildings—all completed during the past five years—blend sustainable design strategies with automated technologies that control building systems and give occupants detailed information on resource use.
When Alex Morrison, executive director of the Urban Development Authority for Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, started on a comprehensive plan for downtown revitalization, “we knew we wanted walkability and housing,” he said. “But the how and where [were] driven by the public process.” His emphasis on community engagement drove home a point in a new guidebook, (Re)Building Downtown: A Guidebook for Revitalization, from Smart Growth America.
Combining the work of 26 experts, the editors of this book argue that better coordination in state- and national-level planning would provide more efficient infrastructure investments, greater resilience to climate change, and increased equity in economic development.
Over the past decade, innovation districts have been popping up around the globe, from Barcelona to Seattle. Although there is no “cookie cutter” formula to these technology-centric developments, they do have some elements in common, including a major anchor institution and a shared goal of bringing together a mix of uses within a dense urban setting.
With 120,000 people flocking to cities every day, urban migration highlights the need for adequate shelter. The key challenge for providers of affordable housing in Asian cities is finding developable land and securing the capital to build housing on a massive scale, an international panel of housing experts said at the Habitat for Humanity Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in Hong Kong in September.
How is technology changing the built environment? Members of four of ULI’s product councils discuss how technology is changing development in their sectors, how growing up with technology has influenced the millennial generation, how the greater availability of data can benefit property owners and developers, how technology can support more sustainable development, and what potentially game-changing technologies lie ahead.