Planning & Design

The house, east building, and front yard, as viewed from Broadway. At left, the east building’s foundation cantilevers out over the hillside and an old cobblestone retaining wall. (NDD)

ULI Case Study: Sofia Lofts, San Diego

A central courtyard—and a mix of unit sizes—create community on a small site.

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Video: The Hills at New York City’s Governors Island

This month, Governors Island, the 172-acre (70 ha) island in the heart of New York Harbor, will open to the public for the first time its newest addition to the park, The Hills, with Fast Company calling it “an engineering marvel built for resiliency and recreation.”

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MIT Group Imagines Sophisticated Solutions for High-Performing, Livable Cities

One of two dozen research groups housed at MIT’s Media Lab, the Changing Places group is focused on developing new, more efficient, and creative mobility systems and ways of living and working in cities at a time when urban populations are growing, while the resources to sustain them are shrinking. Kent Larson leads the group and shared several of Changing Places’ projects during the closing keynote speech at the recent ULI Florida Summit in Miami.

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VOICEOVER is a memorial “overlay” system that voices the collected stories of the city’s monuments (official and not) through a roving flock of iconic storytellers. HOT AIR (shown)  is an inflatable monument in the shape of a giant toppled statue head 
at the site of the 1989 Romanian revolution.

Four Concepts Reimagining the Future of Modern Memorials

The competition was intended to “reimagine how we think about, feel, and experience memorials,” eliciting entries that both aim to fill in topics and themes that have not been commemorated and to anticipate those that might merit future attention.

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Recent Articles

  • In Print: America’s Urban Future: Lessons from North of the Border

    June 27, 2016

    According to authors Ray Tomalty and Alan Mallach, U.S. cities should look to Canada for ways to make our urban areas more livable and sustainable.

  • Global Awards for Excellence: 12th Avenue Arts, Seattle, Washington

    The development of 12th Avenue Arts transformed a 29,000-square-foot (2,700 sq m) surface parking lot into a light-filled cultural center mixing arts, housing, and public-safety needs. The activation of this specific plot of land had been mentioned in two neighborhood plans over the last 12 years as the highest community priority.

  • Video: Gabe Klein on the Start-Up City

    Based on his unique combination of experiences as a food truck entrepreneur, a Zipcar executive, and as the head of transportation for the cities of Chicago and Washington, D.C., author, investor, and entrepreneur Gabe Klein spoke at the 2016 ULI Asia Pacific Summit about the secret to success in the new global economy.

  • Global Awards for Excellence: Jing An Kerry Center, Shanghai, China

    June 20, 2016

    Juxtaposing the modern with the historic, Jing An Kerry Centre represents a new mixed-use development in the dynamic Jing An district in Shanghai. Now recognized as a signature landmark of the area, this multiuse complex features two towers, podium retail space, a hotel with 508 rooms, an event center, and office amenities.

  • The Ongoing Challenge of Attracting and Retaining Creative Class

    June 16, 2016

    Noted urbanist and author Richard Florida opened the recent 2016 ULI Florida Summit in Miami by reminding the audience that the creative class and the industries in which it works are the single most important economic drivers in the 21st-century economy. Naturally, some cities—moreover, specific neighborhoods—are better than others at attracting the creative class, mainly by being highly compact, transit-oriented, and walkable, according to Florida’s research.

  • ULX: Waterfront Open Spaces

    June 13, 2016

    The following ten waterfront open-space projects—all completed over the past five years—reconnect people to the water and emphasize resilience.

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