Authors Carlo Ratti and Matthew Claudel, both of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Senseable City Laboratory, use “futurecraft”—not predicting the future, but influencing it positively—to present ideas about what the city will look like years from now.
The laws of supply and demand—and the need for neighborhood evolution—still apply when communities try to boost their supply of affordable housing.
The following ten projects model strategies for making micro housing more livable, using modular construction to save costs, incorporating significant amounts of foliage and green space, and providing expansive communal areas.
Project REAP has been providing educational and networking opportunities to enable aspiring deal-makers to “be all that they can be” in commercial real estate (CRE). REAP conducts the equivalent of a ten-week boot camp in CRE fundamentals for minority professionals seeking to enter and advance in the industry. The program recently completed classes in Atlanta and New York City—with rave reviews from the program participants as well as the instructors who taught the classes.
Affordable housing means many different things across the Asia Pacific region, but in every nation, the driving issue in its provision is the cost of land. That should come as no surprise; the Asian population of 4.3 billion represents 57 percent of the world total, according to United Nations data, but Asia has only 30 percent of the world’s land mass.
What matters most to college students living off campus? Members of ULI’s Student Housing Council discuss how private developers of student housing can create residences that appeal to students, their parents, and their academic institutions; which amenities are most in demand; which technological features are most important; and other trends.
Technology tenants’ leasing volume is at a historic high. But you have to negotiate leases differently when a tenant wants a climbing wall, dense occupancy ratios—and a welcoming attitude toward dogs and bicycles.
The latest issue of the magazine is now available for download in the Urban Land app. The cover package for this issue is titled “Home Sweet: Softening the Edges for Dense, Urban Living.” Other topics include “Housing: Repurposing Office Space,” “Japan: Calling Uber,” and “Technology: A New Kind of Tenant.”
The word infrastructure, which originated during the 1920s, was unusual enough to still appear in quotation marks in the Wall Street Journal as late as the 1980s. Henry Petroski’s The Road Taken: The History and Future of America’s Infrastructure is an exhaustive tour of the tremendous variety of built works encompassed by the term.
Midyear earnings season is getting underway, and news from large real estate investment trusts has been mostly positive, but mixed. REITs have benefited from strong underlying real estate market fundamentals and ongoing low interest rates, although new supply is becoming a concern for some product types in selected markets. Plus, interest rate survey data from Trepp.