Jaime Lerner’s Urban Acupuncture delves deeply into urban life and what makes cities tick. Lerner is an architect and planner who served three terms as mayor of Curitiba, Brazil, a city renowned for creative urbanism projects, including its pioneering bus rapid transit system.
The nine-hole golf course at the Charles R. Drew Charter School gets a lot of use during an average school day. That golf is a dedicated subject at a southern school is not exactly remarkable—but how this came to be is. Two decades ago, the golf course was closed—and as decrepit as the East Lake Meadows housing project that sat on its edge.
As schools let out for the summer, student housing real estate investment trusts (REITs) are already looking past vacations and ahead to the next school year. As an influx of new construction was met with declining college enrollment this year, these REITs faced challenges.
Leaders from academia, government, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector met in Beijing, China, at the Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) Forum at the end of April. The third in an annual series of invitation-only forums carried out jointly by the Asia Society and the Urban Land Institute, this year’s program focused on interconnections among health, resilience, and urban development.
ULI senior fellow Ed McMahon conducted a question-and-answer session with John Major, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, about the Olympics, healthy places, and global urbanism. Major is scheduled to speak at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo at this year’s Leadership Dinner.
A consensus exists among public officials that significant investment is needed to improve U.S. highway and transit systems. Are toll roads a viable source of funding?
In an opinion piece for Urban Land, Matthew Cypher, director of the Real Estate Finance Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, says the hands-on training of other industries such as health care can provide new models for real estate education.
Several years into a growth economy, most housing markets are moving forward. The four publicly traded real estate investment trusts (REITs) that were formed to acquire and rent distressed single-family homes are currently reporting short-term successes, with improved earnings and property values. However, each of the single-family residential REITs reported a net loss for the first quarter of the year.
The car-centric city is becoming a thing of the past, as evidenced by changes in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Charlotte, North Carolina, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting, with transportation leaders treating infrastructure as a real estate asset.
At ULI’s Spring Meeting in Houston, AECOM global practice lead Andrew Laing traced the evolution of white-collar work spaces over more than a century in patterns driven primarily by technology.