Author: Mark Cooper

MARK COOPER is editor of AsiaProperty magazine.

Articles by Mark Cooper

  • Embracing Density and Mixed Use in Shanghai
    Published on January 27, 2017 in Development
    Though the pace of China’s growth over recent decades meant innovation in land use often lagged the speed of development as a priority, this is changing due to a need for more sustainable and efficient development. Indeed, the country is undergoing a sea change in the way land is used, and for the better, according to experts speaking at a ULI China Mainland Event.
  • Opportunities in the Year Ahead for China
    Published on December 21, 2016 in Capital Markets
    Though next year could be a tough one for investors in Chinese real estate, the country’s economy is also more entwined with that of the rest of the world than ever before, speakers said at the 2016 ULI China Mainland Winter Meeting in Shanghai.
  • The Growing Need for Senior Housing in China
    Published on December 19, 2016 in Development
    Though still in its infancy, the senior housing market in China has attracted the interest of major domestic institutions and foreign players alike. However, Chinese retirees’ requirements are subtly different from those of U.S. seniors, said delegates at the recent ULI Chinese Mainland Winter Meeting, held in Shanghai.
  • Tackling Affordability in Asia
    Published on August 01, 2016 in Market Trends
    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.
  • Mapping the Future of a Global, Connected Civilization
    Published on June 27, 2016 in Development
    The development of megacities will characterize the next evolution of urbanization, global strategist and author Parag Khanna told those attending the 2016 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai in June.
  • Property Values Increasingly Depend on Transit—and Mayors
    Published on June 27, 2016 in Infrastructure
    Real estate and transportation are increasingly becoming interconnected, Rob Speyer, president and chief executive of Tishman Speyer, told those attending the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai this past June.
  • The Scale of Opportunity in China’s New Silk Road Initiative
    Published on June 27, 2016 in Development
    China’s “Belt and Road” development strategy must become a world initiative in order to truly succeed, says Vincent Lo, chairman of Shui On Land.
  • Investors Willing to Fill the Void for Spending on Infrastructure, Energy
    Published on May 17, 2016 in Infrastructure
    Panelists at the recent ULI Japan Conference in Tokyo said that even a mature market such as Japan offers significant opportunities, due to a program of public/private partnerships designed to ease the burden on the state, but a $1 trillion “infrastructure gap” exists worldwide.
  • Boosting Innovation and Density Is the Future for Japan’s Cities
    Published on May 16, 2016 in Market Trends
    Mitigating the population issues facing Japan, and further developing its cities to meet the demands of the future, were discussed by panelists at the recent ULI Japan Spring Conference in Tokyo. Takeshi Natsuno, professor at the Keio University school of media and governance, said Japan's government should cease spending in areas without a certain density of population.
  • Japan Copes with Shifting Demands in Tourism
    Published on May 16, 2016 in Market Trends
    Japan welcomed just under 20 million visitors last year and is targeting 40 million arrivals by 2020, the year Tokyo holds the Summer Olympics. ULI members attending the event at the Tokyo Midtown conference center heard that the Japanese government is having trouble keeping up with the pace of change in the tourism industry. For example, due to licensing requirements, 99 percent of Airbnb apartment owners in Japan are breaking the law.
  • Svelte Density: Needle Towers Puncture the Sky
    Published on March 14, 2016 in Planning & Design
    With small floor plates and soaring heights, new developments in New York City and other global gateways appeal to luxury buyers.
  • How Real Is Inflation Risk for Japan?
    Published on December 21, 2015 in Capital Markets
    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.
  • In Asia, a Tremendous Need for Affordable Housing
    Published on December 14, 2015 in Development
    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.
  • In Shanghai, a New Model for the Waterfront
    Published on August 31, 2015 in Planning & Design
    Hushan North Bund transforms a former commercial dock into a vibrant mixed-use development.
  • Asia’s Vertical Cities: Will They Translate to Other Continents?
    Published on August 06, 2015 in Planning & Design
    A combination of necessity and desirability has made Asian cities the world leaders in vertical living.
  • Importing More Energy-Efficient Techniques
    Published on June 22, 2015 in Sustainability
    As tougher energy efficiency standards become the norm for new buildings, older buildings will be expected to keep up, said panelists at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo.
  • Unique Narratives Required for Transformative Mixed-Use Developments
    Published on June 22, 2015 in Planning & Design
    For mixed-use development to be truly transformative, it needs a story, panelists said at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit, held June 3 in Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Strives for Olympic Sustainability
    Published on June 08, 2015 in Sustainability
    The 2012 London Olympic Games have gone down as one of the most successful in the history of the event, with much of the applause coming for the second transformation of east London after the athletes, spectators, and media had gone home. With 267 weeks remaining before the Opening Ceremonies for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, it is critical that steps be taken soon to ensure that the city’s legacy is a similar success, said panelists at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo.
  • Leading the Way on Real Estate’s Key Issues for the Future
    Published on June 08, 2015 in Sustainability
    Leadership, climate change, and technology were the focus of a panel discussion at the 2015 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo. These three issues are among the nine core themes agreed on during the meeting of ULI's global trustees and leaders in Paris.
  • China’s Pearl River Delta: Tying 11 Cities into a Megaregion
    Published on September 22, 2014 in Infrastructure
    On China’s southern coast, the integration of the Greater Pearl River Delta links nine cities, plus the special administrative zones of Hong Kong and Macau, to create an urban area of 21,100 square miles (55,000 sq km) and a population of up to 80 million.
  • Live, Work, Play: Getting Mixed-Use Development Right
    Published on May 25, 2012 in Mixed-Use
    “Mixed-use developments mean we stop thinking so much about buildings as buildings but as communities,” said Richard Vogel, senior vice president and general manager of Ivanhoe Cambridge China, at ULI's Asia Pacific Summit. These substantial and often iconic developments are a weighty undertaking, crucial to the regeneration and improvement of cities, particularly in rapidly urbanizing countries such as China and India.
  • The Demographic Divide: Challenges in China’s Senior Housing
    Published on May 24, 2012 in Residential/Multifamily
    In China, senior housing is a relatively new concept, and senior housing projects do not take account of the exact needs of this demographic group, said Sun Xiangshu, chairman of Beijing Victory Star Architectural & Civil Engineering Group, to a group at ULI's Asia Pacific Summit held in Beijing May 16-18. There will be no easy solutions to China's aging population problem, participants said.