Planning & Design

Planning & Design

Building Olympic Cities for the Long Haul

ULI senior fellow Ed McMahon conducted a question-and-answer session with John Major, former prime minister of the United Kingdom, about the Olympics, healthy places, and global urbanism. Major is scheduled to speak at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Tokyo at this year’s Leadership Dinner.

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Future of Transportation: Cities with Choices—and Less Parking

The car-centric city is becoming a thing of the past, as evidenced by changes in Houston, Oklahoma City, and Charlotte, North Carolina, said panelists at the ULI Spring Meeting, with transportation leaders treating infrastructure as a real estate asset.

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Financing among Several Challenges for Ideal Mixed-Use Projects

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.

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America in 2015: Bridging the Access Gap for Healthier Amenities

Many Americans face significant community design-related barriers to living a healthy life, according to ULI’s new report America in 2015, with more than half saying they cannot walk to shopping and entertainment in their communities.

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  • San Diego Wrestles With Densification

    May 4, 2015

    A six-year-old attempt to build a $650 million high-density, mixed-use development in northern San Diego continues to stir debate about the role of new urbanism in a city known for suburban sprawl.

  • ULI Case Study: BG Group Place, Houston, Texas

    April 30, 2015

    Hines is known for developing iconic buildings in Houston—notably One Shell Plaza, Pennzoil Place, and the Houston Galleria—and around the world. But when the company first proposed developing a new office building on a blighted block in downtown Houston, many in the Houston real estate community scratched their heads.

  • Making Sports-Oriented Mixed Use Work

    April 29, 2015

    The successful development of the Arena District in Columbus, Ohio, set into motion a nationwide flurry of development of urban sports-oriented entertainment districts, as municipal officials across the country reimagined their city centers as places where people live, work, and play.

  • ULI Case Study: CityCentre in Houston

    April 24, 2015

    A mixed-use urban district in the Houston suburbs has created a much-needed pedestrian-friendly setting for office tenants, apartment dwellers, hotel guests, and retail/restaurant patrons.

  • Six Innovative Designs Leading a Resurgence of Libraries

    The American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association have selected six recipients to receive the 2015 AIA/ALA Library Building Awards, including the new Cedar Rapids Public Library, designed by OPN Architects.

  • The City with (Almost) No Limits

    April 20, 2015

    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.

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