Development

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Splitting Makes It Whole

An architect splits an apartment complex in a small metropolitan town in the Pacific Northwest to capture views and make units private, urbane, and whole.

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Making the Investment Case for Smarter Urban Growth

Compact, well-connected urban development can create vibrant cities that are more competitive, inclusive, and resilient and that have lower carbon footprints.

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Transforming Obsolete Downtown Towers into Offices, Hotels

Downtown office properties are no longer disposable, throw-away structures with just a 30-year life span. Today, adaptive use initiatives are revitalizing buildings, changing the purpose of the towers to meet current market demands and extending the buildings’ useful life by many decades. At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas last month, panelists demonstrated the case for redeveloping downtown properties.

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Bringing a Mixed-Use Strategy to Fading Industrial, Retail, and Hotel Properties

At a panel on mixed-use strategy at ULI’s 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas, participants described what might seem like three dissimilar projects. But, as the panelists discussed, each project offered a city a way to turn blighted areas into engines of revitalization and economic stimulus, and create profits for their owners and tenants as well.

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Recent Articles

  • Urban Resorts Targeting Today’s Travelers with Placemaking, Updated Design

    November 17, 2016

    Resort developers are coming up with new ways to create allure in urban locations—where they can’t rely on beaches, golf, or skiing to attract fickle travelers.

  • Five Approaches to Reviving Aging Mall Sites

    November 14, 2016

    Aging shopping malls—many burdened with high vacancy rates or even abandoned—are being transformed into vibrant, mixed-use destinations that are connected to their surrounding communities. Once-popular regional shopping malls are being hit from all angles: by the explosion of online shopping, millennials’ preference for vibrant urban experiences, and ever-changing retail customers’ tastes. At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, “the mall of the future” was explored by a panel of design, development, and placemaking experts.

  • ULI Leaders Share Their Legacies and Origins

    November 7, 2016

    In the ULI NEXT Global “Legacies and Leadership” session at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting, three lions of the industry, all former ULI chairs, shared lessons learned from their careers in real estate—their inspirations, insights, challenges, and how their work has shaped their values and vision for the Institute’s future.

  • View from the Top: Branching Out from the Family Business

    At the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) presented a candid conversation with Lucy C. Billingsley, cofounder and partner of the Billingsley Company, an award-winning land development and property management firm based in Dallas with 3,200 acres (1,300 ha) of master-planned communities, as well as office parks and industrial and retail projects. The daughter of the legendary Trammell Crow, Billingsley has real estate in her DNA.

  • Optimism, Resilience Are Keys to Building Stronger Communities

    Optimism is “not something you do, but rather a spirit you bring to everything you do,” keynote speaker Steve Gross, a clinical social worker and founder of the Life is Good Kids Foundation, told ULI members at a 2016 ULI Fall Meeting general session. Gross, the foundation’s “chief playmaker,” shared his thoughts on optimism and offered practical advice for cultivating an optimistic and playful spirit, based on his work with children who have experienced traumas.

  • Leveraging Successful Urban Regeneration Initiatives

    November 3, 2016

    Regenerative developments are breathing new life and economic growth into mature cities with transformative initiatives that are imparting a new competitiveness and bright futures to urban areas, panelists said at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas. “We aren’t just building buildings. We’re building cities,” said David Pitchford, chief executive officer of UrbanGrowth NSW, a government agency of the Australian state of New South Wales.

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