Author: Patrick J. Kiger

Patrick J. Kiger is a Takoma Park, Maryland–based freelance writer who blogs about futurism and technology for the Science Channel.

Articles by Patrick J. Kiger

  • Airbnb Allows Cities to Both Shrink and Swell, Says CEO Chesky
    Published on October 07, 2015 in Market Trends
    Speaking at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco, Airbnb cofounder Brian Chesky said he doesn't see the company as a direct competitor to hotels, as its lodging shares often are located in residential neighborhoods rather than the downtown locations that hotels favor.
  • Imagining the Driverless City
    Published on October 02, 2015 in Infrastructure
    Robotic vehicles, drones, and other cutting-edge technological advances could soon reshape urban land use as radically as the automobile once did. Here are some leaders' thoughts on how the future might look.
  • From Clicks to Bricks: L.L.Bean’s Embrace of Omnichannel Retail
    Published on July 20, 2015 in Market Trends
    Not long ago, it seemed as if e-commerce would make brick-and-mortar retail as obsolete as rotary telephones. Instead, catalog and web retailer L.L.Bean is leading a wave of businesses that are building physical storefronts to drive their online trade.
  • Taking Calculated Risks on Game-Changing Ideas
    Published on May 19, 2015 in Development
    At the closing session of the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, two local icons—landmark real estate developer Gerald D. Hines and James A. Baker III, who served in three presidential administrations and was secretary of state under President George H.W. Bush—talked about leadership and perhaps its most crucial ingredient: the willingness to take bold risks and run with game-changing ideas.
  • Financing among Several Challenges for Ideal Mixed-Use Projects
    Published on May 19, 2015 in Planning & Design
    Mixed-use projects have the potential to transform urban areas and create long-term value. But as members of a panel at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston explained, it is a lot trickier than it might seem to create a successful synergy of uses.
  • Mayors Talk about Role of Technology, Uber in Smarter Cities
    Published on May 15, 2015 in Market Trends
    In a discussion between four mayors and former mayors including Seattle, Pittsburgh, Omaha, and South Bay, Florida, participants identified multiple trends that pose difficult challenges for city governments—but which also potentially provide opportunities.
  • Pairing Business Discipline with Philanthropy in Houston
    Published on May 14, 2015 in Sustainability
    Public/private partnerships have helped drive Houston’s transformation in recent years. But in order for that formula to succeed, energy industry entrepreneur and civic philanthropist Richard "Rich" Kinder warns that it is essential for private donors to show the same sort of toughness and financial savvy that helped them make their business fortunes.
  • The City with (Almost) No Limits
    Published on April 20, 2015 in Planning & Design
    As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.
  • Moving to Where the Price Is Right
    Published on February 09, 2015 in Market Trends
    Millennials have flocked to city life, changing neighborhoods as they go. What happens when their needs—and tastes—mature?
  • How Virtual Reality and Other Technologies Will Disrupt Real Estate
    Published on November 04, 2014 in Market Trends
    While commercial real estate has occasionally lagged behind other business sectors in use of emerging technologies such as three-dimensional virtual reality environments and real-time data mining, panelists at the ULI Fall Meeting said such advances promise to reshape how developers and property managers function.
  • Open Data’s Impact as Yet Untapped by Real Estate Industry
    Published on November 03, 2014 in Market Trends
    Aggregation and analysis of open data—that is, information that is freely available via the internet—are revolutionizing fields such as science and government, said panelists at the ULI Fall Meeting, but it is still anathema to many in the real estate industry.
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Crowdfunding
    Published on October 28, 2014 in Capital Markets
    The nascent, fast-growing phenomenon of crowdfunding in real estate financing hasn’t yet scratched the surface of its potential, according to participants in a panel at ULI’s 2014 Fall Meeting in New York City.
  • Isaacson Says Digital Revolution Brings Urban Renaissance
    Published on October 24, 2014 in Market Trends
    In an address that concluded this year’s ULI Fall Meeting in New York City, author and journalist Walter Isaacson extolled the importance of the urban built space in fostering creativity and technological progress.
  • The New Volatility of Water Supply
    Published on October 24, 2014 in Sustainability
    Escalating climate change poses a paradoxical dilemma when it comes to water, according to speakers in a panel on the subject at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City.
  • U.S. Prospects Are Bright, Says Jamie Dimon of JPMorgan Chase
    Published on October 22, 2014 in Capital Markets
    In an appearance at the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting in New York City, the head of the nation’s biggest bank talked about resilience—both the U.S. economy’s and his own, in the face of a bout with cancer.
  • Shaping the Future through the Built Environment 
    Published on October 22, 2014 in Market Trends
    Panelists at the opening session of the 2014 ULI Fall Meeting predicted that the next wave of change has the potential to reverse troubling current trends, from climate change and economic inequality to the personal isolation caused by overuse of electronic gadgetry.
  • Brooklyn Rebound
    Published on October 13, 2014 in Development
    Once gritty industrial zones in the shadow of Manhattan, the Brooklyn neighborhoods of DUMBO and Williamsburg have morphed into the center of knowledge-economy hipness.
  • Hudson Yards Rises above the Rails
    Published on October 06, 2014 in Planning & Design
    At Manhattan’s Hudson Yards, a cluster of skyscrapers perched on a billion-dollar steel platform above a working rail yard will be tied together in its own energy-saving microgrid, with sensors collecting mountains of data to optimize daily life.
  • Rebuilding by Design: The Art of Resilience
    Published on August 25, 2014 in Sustainability
    After Superstorm Sandy ravaged the New York Metropolitan Area, an innovative federal program challenged design teams to weave resilience into the urban landscape.
  • How Coworking is Transforming the Office
    Published on June 02, 2014 in Planning & Design
    Coworking, in which entrepreneurs, startups, and even corporate small teams interact in an open office, is growing exponentially. In the process, it may transform land use.
  • How Vancouver Invented Itself
    Published on February 14, 2014 in Planning & Design
    "Vancouverism" is synonymous with tower-podium architecture, green space, and breathtaking views. But the city's development process is sometimes overlooked.
  • Chicago’s Novel Infrastructure Trust
    Published on October 21, 2013 in Infrastructure
    "The City That Works" is embarking on a big goal: Raising $1.7 billion in private capital to pay for desperately needed infrastructure improvements-and generating a financial return for investors.
  • Crowdfunding a New Urban Identity
    Published on August 14, 2013 in Market Trends
    In April, 130,000 people flocked to the first One Spark festival in downtown Jacksonville, Florida, to hear indie rock bands, watch fire dancers, admire multimedia art installations, and, most important, listen to entrepreneurs’ pitches for more than 400 projects in search of seed money.
  • Five Lessons From One Spark: How to Stage a Crowdfunding Festival
    Published on August 14, 2013 in Market Trends
    Elton Rivas, One Spark cofounder, and Peter S. Rummell, one of the festival’s major backers and immediate past chairman of ULI, offer some insights into how they created the event and how they might improve the model.
  • Imagining Land Use in 2063
    Published on April 22, 2013 in Planning & Design
    How different will land use be in 50 years? While some futurists think suburban tract house and the shopping mall will have gone the way of the dinosaurs, others envision a strikingly different scenario, in which people increasingly will forsake the cities for the rural countryside living in updated, technologically advanced, and economically self-sufficient versions of the 19th-century village.