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Dense, More Compact Cities Help Combat Climate Change, Inequality

Dense, compact cities are “the way forward in the development of man” and are critical in combating climate change and inequality, renowned architect Lord Richard Rogers told delegates at the ULI Europe conference in Paris.

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One of two Responsive Home models displayed at this year's International Builder Show in Las Vegas. This is the smaller "farmhouse" concept. (Responsive Home/TRI)

What Will Turn Millennials into New Homeowners?

The big question hovering over housing during the financial recovery has been what will convince millennials to become homeowners? Two showcase homes unveiled at the recent International Builders Show in Las Vegas provide both answers and inspiration.

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Power in Half Measures: Pritzker Prize Winner Alejandro Aravena

When the Pritzker Architecture Prize jury selected Alejandro Aravena of Santiago, Chile, as the 2016 laureate, it was not only for what Aravena designs, but also for what he does not design. The firm for which he serves as executive director, Santiago-based Elemental, has earned international attention for designing low-cost social housing that provides “half a house”—a home that people can inhabit, plus a framework that allows them to double the size of their dwellings as they have time and resources.

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Video: Architect Richard Rogers and the 2015 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize

Richard Rogers, an internationally renowned architect recognized for people-oriented building design and development, has been named the 2015 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Rogers was honored as part of the ULI Europe Conference in Paris.

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Recent Articles

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: GLP Misato III – Misato City, Japan

    January 11, 2016

    Completed in May 2013, GLP Misato III is a state-of-the-art logistics facility in Greater Tokyo in the Saitama Prefecture. The five-story facility, with a total floor area of 1 million square feet (93,000 sq m), is equipped with dual ramps allowing service vehicles to drive to each floor, demonstrating efficiency of land use in a country where land is severely constrained.

  • In Print: Zoning Rules! The Economics of Land Use Regulation

    Be forewarned: this book’s emphatic title tells readers that, in the author’s view, local land use regulation shapes the form of American communities, for better or worse. To solve the problems of sprawl and economic segregation that plague cities and urban development, William A. Fischel, an economics professor at Dartmouth College, insists that we must radically reform zoning in the United States.

  • Reconnecting Downtown to the Water in South Africa’s Port Elizabeth

    January 6, 2016

    In Port Elizabeth, a coastal city in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa, city officials hope to catalyze development surrounding the river and port, as well as other parts of the Baakens Valley Precinct, a 300-acre (120 ha) site. The plans “will turn the city around,” says Dawn McCarthy, the municipality’s senior director for strategic planning and coordination in the office of the chief operating officer, speaking at the opening briefing for a World Bank–sponsored ULI Advisory Services panel convened in November.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Mercado do Bom Sucesso–Porto, Portugal

    January 4, 2016

    Originally opened in 1952 as a fresh goods market, Mercado do Bom Sucesso is a renovated public building that hosts a shopping center, offices, a hotel, and a fresh food market.

  • In Print: Fantasy Islands: Chinese Dreams and Ecological Fears in an Age of Climate Crisis

    It is easy to paint a black-and-white picture of China’s environmental policies. But in this book, Julie Sze is able to bring a more nuanced view. The professor from the University of California, Irvine, looks at eco-cities and explores prominent examples in China that involved global engineering and design firms.

  • ULX: 10 Smart Green Buildings

    December 21, 2015

    Ten buildings—all completed during the past five years—blend sustainable design strategies with automated technologies that control building systems and give occupants detailed information on resource use.

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