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ULI Case Study: BG Group Place, Houston, Texas

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.

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Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) builds sports facilities first and then adds an entertainment district. The company built Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, then added L.A. Live.Mixed-Use

Making Sports-Oriented Mixed Use Work

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.

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ULI Case Study: CityCentre in Houston

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.

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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.

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Recent Articles

  • 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.

  • Houston Creates a New Neighborhood Downtown

    The most expensive apartments per square foot in Houston are in a new tower overlooking a new park in a new residential neighborhood now blossoming downtown. That tower, One Park Place, proved that luxury rental housing can thrive in a central business district still dominated by high-rise office properties.

  • University of Maryland Team Wins 2015 Hines Competition

    April 10, 2015

    For a second consecutive year, a team representing the University of Maryland has taken top honors in the 2015 ULI Hines Competition with its winning master plan proposal that transforms the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans.

  • ULI Report: Houston’s NRG Astrodome “Can and Should Live On”

    April 2, 2015

    Houston’s iconic NRG Astrodome “can and should live on” as a multiuse park, according to a report released by ULI. The Harris County Commissioners Court, the county’s governing body, has approved the proposal and referred it to the county’s Sports and Convention Corp.

  • Moscow Reconnects with Its River

    March 26, 2015

    The Crimean Embankment, a 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) site, was fully pedestrianized just over a year ago. Not long ago, this sort of public space was hard to imagine anywhere in Moscow. Mayor Sergei Sobyanin is intent on changing this—and making over this 0.6-mile (1 km) stretch of riverfront is just the beginning.

  • The Growing Separation of People and Jobs in Metropolitan America

    Between 2000 and 2012, the number of jobs within the typical commute distance for residents in a major metro area fell by 7 percent, according to new research by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program.

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