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Architects determined that a structure should be no larger than 200 feet (61 m) wide by 300 feet (91 m) long. Rather than place inclined ramps in the center of the garage, as is typical, and whose removal later could be costly and cumbersome, the architects located a 60-foot-wide (18 m) area in an outside bay for construction of ramps made out of steel, rather than concrete, for easy disassembly at the time of conversion to other uses.Planning & Design

Universal Structures as Long-Term Sustainable Assets

A Boston convention authority develops universally adaptable structures as long-term assets that can transition from parking to retail, office, hotel, housing, and entertainment uses.

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ULI Global Awards for Excellence: SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

The SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus sits within Bethlehem Works, a 126-acre (51 ha) parcel established as a 20-year tax increment finance (TIF) district in 2000.

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New Orleans Site Selected as Study Area for 2015 Hines Competition

A site in downtown New Orleans has been chosen as the site for the 13th annual Urban Land Institute Hines Competition. The ideas competition provides graduate-level student teams with the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development program for parts of the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville downtown neighborhoods. The team with the winning proposal will be selected in April.

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Sixty London and the restored Holborn Viaduct. (© timothy soar/kpf/axa)Planning & Design

ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Sixty London—London, U.K.

Sixty London offers premium office space in a unique design, featuring roof terraces, impressive entrance lobbies, and retail and restaurant space. Delivered alongside the restoration of a viaduct, the project stimulated wider regeneration of this important district.

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    January 5, 2015

    The following projects—all completed during the past five years—include a golf course transformed into a farm; a range of rooftop gardens, from soil-based to hydroponic; and residential developments with gardens, edible landscaping, and orchards.

  • Thinking Bigger about Micro Units

    December 18, 2014

    New research from the Urban Land Institute suggests that micro units—typically larger than a one-car garage, but smaller than a double—have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods.

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    December 8, 2014

    A study of 24 California cities with an array of street design characteristics found that living in cities with high intersection density—a measure of compactness—significantly reduces the risk of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

  • Rising Towers Escalate Need for Faster Lifts

    December 1, 2014

    When Shanghai Tower opens as China’s tallest building next year, the 2,073-foot (632 m) tower will feature elevators capable of traveling 40.3 miles (64.8 km) per hour. But how fast can modern elevators go without sacrificing comfort?

  • Flexible Parking Structures as Civic Catalysts

    November 24, 2014

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  • Investing in a Live/Work Environment

    November 17, 2014

    A couple transforms a defunct factory/warehouse and abandoned gas station into live/work units for lease­­—and a private art studio/home for themselves.

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