Planning & Design

In Print: What Makes a Great City

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.”

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Where We Met, a giant air-supported art installation by Janet Echelman, covers a portion of the new LeBauer Park in downtown Greensboro, North Carolina. (© OJB Landscape Architecture, Courtesy of LeBauer Park)

Private Money and Management Are Transforming America’s Downtowns

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.

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A 3-D printed structure to be displayed at this year's Art Basel fair in Miami. (Brett Widness)

Integrating 3-D Printing for Better Design and Cheaper Construction

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.

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

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.

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Recent Articles

  • 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.

  • Pop Ups and Falling in Love with Your City

    October 27, 2016

    Peter Kageyama, author of For the Love of Cities, brought his unconventional philosophy to the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas as part of the Institute’s Changing World Speaker Series. “Emotions are contagious; when more people say they love their cities, more people will feel it and believe it,” said Kageyama.

  • Eleven Global Awards for Excellence Winners Named

    Eleven real estate development projects from around the globe have been selected as winners in the ULI 2016 Global Awards for Excellence program, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs.

  • ULX: 10 Desert Designs

    October 24, 2016

    The following ten projects—all completed over the past five years—represent a variety of approaches to blocking the heat, including concrete domes modeled on palm trees, and solar chimneys tucked behind recycled copper panels.

  • Klyde Warren Park and the Katy Trail

    September 28, 2016

    Two ambitious park projects in Dallas tie neighborhoods together—and spurred a boom in nearby real estate values.

  • New Greenway Planned for Tulsa Aims to Tear Down City’s “Silos”

    September 19, 2016

    A Gathering Place for Tulsa, under construction along the eastern bank of the Arkansas River two miles (3.2 km) south of downtown, is one of the biggest greenway projects under development from scratch in the United States.

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