Author: Theodore Thoerig
Theodore Thoerig, a ULI associate, is author of Best Practices in Development: ULI Award Winning Projects 2009.
Articles by Theodore Thoerig
- A Once–in-a-Generation Opportunity: Redeveloping Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport
Published on February 17, 2012 in Development
With a few tweaks to the development plan, Kai Tak—a decommissioned airport—can become the vibrant, mixed-use community the Hong Kong government wants it to be, says a ULI advisory services panel.
- Creating Urban Open Space with the Power to Transform
Published on November 23, 2011 in Fall Meeting
At ULI’s 2011 Fall Meeting, a panel explored the connection between parks and real estate value, explaining the planning, design, and management techniques for creating successful urban parks. The creation of urban open space is increasingly recognized as a value generator for real estate, read about what the panel stressed as the best success for transformative success.
- Global Real Estate Industry Perspectives: The View from the Top
Published on November 11, 2011 in Fall Meeting
At ULI’s 2011 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles late last month, a panel of experts shared their thoughts on emerging real estate trends, leadership in a global real estate marketplace, and what they see for the future of the real estate industry. Read more to learn why global business strategies and an ever-changing real estate and business marketplace demand a new breed of real estate leaders.
- His Highness the Aga Khan, 2011 Laureate, ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
Published on November 04, 2011 in Fall Meeting
At ULI’s 2011 Fall Meeting in Los Angeles last month, the J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development—an opportunity for the Institute to recognize a distinguished professional whose work is transforming the built environment—was awarded to His Highness the Aga Khan for the breadth of his organization’s development and restoration efforts throughout the developing world.
- Four Projects Chosen for Awards for Excellence: Asia Pacific
Published on October 11, 2011 in Planning & Design
Four developments selected as winners in the ULI Awards for Excellence: Asia Pacific competition show a commitment to high-quality civic spaces, engagement and integration with the natural environment, and strong public/private cooperation, setting creative examples for development in dense urban environments. Read how one of the winners reimagined a water reservoir decommissioned in 1899.
- Citygarden: Open Space as Catalyst
Published on August 17, 2011 in Public Spaces
Speaking about the 2011 ULI Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award winner, Mayor Francis Slay said, “Citygarden is the most significant development to take place in St. Louis since the competition of the Gateway Arch nearly 50 years ago.” Read how the 2.9-acre amenity—which is part municipal park, part sculpture garden—has had a positive effect on the surrounding real estate market and businesses.
- Unconventional Projects Snag 2011 ULI Awards
Published on July 27, 2011 in Planning & Design
Among the unconventional projects to win a 2011 ULI Award for Excellence is Burnside Rocket, an infill development in Portland, Oregon, that has a ground-floor pub, two levels of shared office space, a top-floor restaurant, and a rooftop garden. Read about the unconventional approach the developer, Kevin Cavenaugh, has taken toward sharing his projects and ideas with others.
- Apartments for Seniors Revitalize Downtown
Published on May 04, 2011 in Industry Sectors
“By integrating one of the oldest buildings in Milpitas within a new, high-density community, the city is able to grow while still maintaining the continuity and historic feel of its city center.” Read about the seniors’ housing project in California—honored in the 2009 ULI Awards for Excellence: The Americas competition—that inspired this description.
- Preparing Your Property for When the Tide Comes Back In
Published on April 07, 2011 in Planning & Design
A stagnant economy and uncertain market conditions leave otherwise prime developable properties without interest from buyers or investors. And owners, unwilling to sell at depressed prices, are waiting until normal market conditions return. Read what a ULI Advisory Services panel told the city of Suffolk, Virginia, to do during the interim to prepare a prime waterfront site for the tide’s return.
- ULI Awards for Excellence: No One-Size-Fits-All Solutions for Winners
Published on February 15, 2011 in Planning & Design
Dynamic, large-scale projects that create new centers of activity can be catalysts of downtown revitalization. Sundance Square in Fort Worth, the Columbia Heights revitalization in D.C., and L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles—the three 2010 ULI Awards for Excellence winners—are recent examples. Read how these projects created benefits that extend well beyond the neighborhoods where they stand.
- New Sustainable Water Paradigm
Published on October 20, 2010 in Sustainability
“Plants and bacteria work for free; people and machines do not,” Anthony Sease, Director of Business Development at Natural Systems Utilities, pointed out at ULI’s 2010 Fall Meeting session, “Elevating Green Building to the New Sustainable Water Paradigm.” Read what else Sease and the other panelists had to say about how the new water paradigm should look and what can be done to achieve it.
- Banking on Energy Efficiency in Real Estate
Published on October 18, 2010 in Sustainability
In May 2010, it was made public that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac--which hold around two-thirds of all mortgages in the country--would not allow borrowers with a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan to refinance or sell their properties unless the loans are paid off, effectively stalling the program. So what does the future of energy efficiency financing hold?
- The Business of Sustainability
Published on September 01, 2010 in Sustainability
Whenever Frank Navarro of Navarro Lowrey, Inc. discusses his experiences in green building with fellow developers, two questions inevitably arise: “How much does it cost?” and “are you getting higher rents?” These two issues—cost and return—are critical for real estate investment and development decision making, yet in the realm of green building, the available data is often mixed or unhelpful. So what can a developer do to ensure his or her investment in sustainable design is a successful one?
- Working Solutions
Published on June 01, 2010 in Planning & Design
From an open-air shopping center in Guadalajara, Mexico, to a LEED Platinum–rated convention center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and from the 5 million-square-foot (465,000-sq-m) L.A. Live development in Los Angeles to the eight-unit, 72-foot- (22-m-) wide Thin Flats townhouse project in Philadelphia, this year’s Americas winners in the ULI Awards for Excellence program integrate solutions to environmental challenges as well as social and economic challenges. The ten Americas award winners and one Heritage winner constitute a portfolio of projects that reflect a healthy balance among economic viability, ecological stewardship, and social equity, noted jury chair Marty Jones, president of Corcoran Jennison Companies in Boston. “Many of these developments involve environmentally sustainable features, public/private partnerships, and innovative financing. All have proven to be financially successful in their industry class while enhancing and strengthening the surrounding community.”