Planning & Design

ULI Global Awards for Excellence: King’s Cross Station, London

The redevelopment of London’s historic King’s Cross Station was completed in March 2012. Launched in 2005, the remodeling project has improved passenger facilities, made operational activities more efficient, and increased retail opportunities. The project adapted and reused the train shed and range buildings, restored the station’s previously obscured facade, and added the new, visually striking Western Concourse that serves as the centerpiece of the remodeling project.

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ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu, Chengdu

Located in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu project is a large-scale, retail-led development consisting of an open-plan, lane-driven retail complex; the historic Daci Temple House; a boutique hotel with 100 guest rooms and 42 serviced apartments; and Pinnacle One, a Grade A office tower.

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ULX: 10 Industrial Structures Recast

Ten relics of the industrial past find new life as modern offices. The following ten projects—all completed during the past five years—include a shoe-polish factory refitted as a social justice center and a broadcasting studio turned into a coworking facility.

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In Print: Becoming Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs, best known as the author of Death and Life of American Cities, would have celebrated her 100th birthday this year. A new biography, Becoming Jane Jacobs, by Clemson University professor Peter Laurence purports that the most venerated figure in urban planning today is also among the most underappreciated and misunderstood, even by her staunchest supporters.

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Recent Articles

  • Emerging Urban Districts in Washington and Boston

    April 29, 2016

    Everyone’s talking about “what’s next” in terms of emerging urban neighborhoods, where property values can surge very rapidly. But why do some districts emerge seemingly out of nowhere? How can developers and investors find the next one?

  • How Philadelphia’s Dynamic Neighborhoods Help Keep Talent and Prevent Brain Drain

    Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods—as are many other cities. But only Philadelphia can boast a human-scale walkable layout planned by William Penn more than three centuries ago.

  • More Open Space, Walkability, and Multifamily Are Future of Suburbs

    “Suburbs isn’t a dirty word,” declared Adam F. Ducker, RCLCO managing director and moderator of the “Next Stop Suburbs” session at the ULI Spring Meeting in Philadelphia.

  • Trail-Oriented Development: People-Oriented Design’s Latest Phase

    April 18, 2016

    Real estate developers around the world are responding to increased consumer interest in cycling and walking as preferred modes of transportation by building projects adjacent to trails, bike paths, bike-sharing stations, and other infrastructure that supports human-powered mobility, according to
    Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier, a new ULI report.

  • Trading Up in Los Angeles: Replacing an Aging Racetrack with a New NFL Stadium

    April 15, 2016

    National Football League team owners in January gave their blessing to plans to return the Rams to Los Angeles after a 20-year hiatus in St. Louis. The City of Champions Revitalization Initiative, as it’s being called, is replacing Inglewood’s dated Hollywood Park racetrack with a sports-oriented, mixed-use development expected to create an immediate financial boon for the area.

  • In Print: Where Are the Women Architects?

    April 14, 2016

    Historian Despina Stratigakos’s book is a nuanced effort “to track an unfinished dialogue that has haunted architecture—in a cycle of acknowledging and abandoning its gender issues—for a long time,” as she writes in her introduction.

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