Planning & Design

Northwestern Small Blocks: The History and Rationale Behind an Urban Model

The scale of Portland’s and Vancouver’s small blocks sets patterns that solve multiple development problems and can be a contemporary model for developing urbane, walkable, and sustainable communities.

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Industry Outlook for Adding Value with Design

How can raising the quality of architecture add value to real estate developments?

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ULI Awards 10 Urban Innovation Grants for 2017

Ten grants totaling $100,000 have been awarded to ULI district and national councils through the Institute’s Urban Innovation Grant program.

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ULX: 10 Feats of Engineering

Ten innovative structural designs enhance the aesthetics and functionality of buildings and bridges.

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Recent Articles

  • Global Award for Excellence: St. Joseph’s Campus (Oakland, California)

    December 19, 2016

    Located in the heart of Oakland’s Fruitvale District, the St. Joseph’s Campus comprises the historic St. Joseph’s Senior Apartments and Terraza Palmera at St. Joseph’s, which together form a multigenerational, mixed-use campus.

  • In Print: What Makes a Great City

    December 2, 2016

    In writing this book, author Alexander Garvin went on a quest to discover what makes cities great. He found that the secret to urban greatness stems from management of the streets, squares, parks, and special places that make up the “public realm.” To maintain greatness, cities must not only maintain but also “continually alter their public realm to meet the changing needs of their occupants.”

  • Private Money and Management Are Transforming America’s Downtowns

    November 30, 2016

    Over the past several years, we have seen a new, decided focus in many American cities of all sizes on redeveloping and renewing their cores. One key way this transformation is happening is through the building of new urban parks and public spaces in the city center. Yet, one of the great challenges is how to develop these vital parks and public spaces without straining government budgets. An effective solution? Private funding and management.

  • Integrating 3-D Printing for Better Design and Cheaper Construction

    November 16, 2016

    By using 3-D printers to build lightweight but strong plastic frameworks for conventional building materials such as concrete, builders may soon be able to create complex structures with unorthodox shapes and contours that would be difficult or even impossible with today’s construction methods, said a speaker at the ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas. And better yet, they will be able to fashion intricate, customized interiors and exteriors at no additional cost.

  • Mayors of Anchorage, Grand Rapids, San Jose, and Washington, D.C., Selected as 2017 Daniel Rose Fellows

    November 15, 2016

    The NLC and ULI announced that mayors from four U.S. cities—Anchorage, Alaska; Grand Rapids, Michigan; San Jose, California; and Washington, D.C.—have been selected as the 2017 class of Daniel Rose fellows by the Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use.

  • Placemaking for Mid-Sized Cities: Rebuilding Waterfront Parks and “Bourbonism”

    October 31, 2016

    For midsized U.S. cities to compete successfully in the 21st-century global marketplace, it is crucial for governments to think beyond the tired strategy of luring away employers from other locales. Instead, city officials need to focus on land use and placemaking as ways to attract talent, generate new business opportunities, and consolidate economic and community development to enhance their brands, according to speakers at ULI’s 2016 Fall Meeting in Dallas.

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