Market Trends

Market Trends

Modern Workplaces Evolving Away From Industrial Roots

At ULI’s Spring Meeting in Houston, AECOM global practice lead Andrew Laing traced the evolution of white-collar work spaces over more than a century in patterns driven primarily by technology.

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Placemaking Can Keep Suburban Office Competitive

Downtown urban office and mixed-use markets are “hot,” but so are some suburban markets—including the iconic Silicon Valley. At the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, a panel moderated by AECOM senior vice president Stephen Engblom explored regional responses to market demands outside traditional downtown markets.

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Growth of E-Commerce Sparking Interest in Hybrid Property Types

With e-commerce activity increasing, the real estate market is scrambling to keep up with a new type of building demand that combines distribution centers with fulfillment centers, said experts speaking at the ULI Spring Meeting.

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Health Care and Life Sciences as Catalysts for Community Development

Health care and life sciences continue to yield strong returns for real estate investors. These sectors can also create economic value through their physical footprints, anchoring mixed-used developments that attract a diverse workforce while spurring further development, according to an expert panel at the 2015 ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

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Recent Articles

  • Repositioning Existing Office Towers

    May 22, 2015

    With an estimated 500 million square feet (46.5 million sq m) of underperforming commercial property existing in the market and an influx of real estate capital on the horizon, the repositioning of urban office towers is poised to become a major market-mover in the commercial real estate industry.

  • Houston as a Vision for the Future of American Cities

    May 21, 2015

    Welcoming attendees to the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston, Mayor Anisse Parker said that the lessons learned by her city have resonance across the United States. “One of the things that I very quickly discovered when I became mayor,” she said, “is that Houston was better known across the borders of the United States than it was across the state lines.”

  • Practical Considerations Can Make or Break Mixed Use

    Creating a thriving mixed-use property is not nearly as simple as putting retail space on the ground floor of a multifamily residential building, even though that is just what many local officials and planners like to dictate, according to a panel of experts at the ULI Spring Meeting in Houston.

  • E-Commerce Giants Battling for the “Last Mile” of Delivery

    The explosion in e-commerce continues to disrupt the real estate industry, with no end in sight. E-commerce may affect demand for retail space, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting, and it is already increasing demand for warehouse space.

  • The Evolving Housing Preferences of Millennials

    May 18, 2015

    Generation Y’s needs, preferences, and desires will have a huge impact on almost every facet of the American economy, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting.

  • Mayors Talk About Role of Technology, Uber in Smarter Cities

    May 15, 2015

    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.

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