Planning & Design


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

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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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Recent Articles

  • 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.

  • Minneapolis, St. Paul Lead Rankings of Top U.S. Parks

    June 6, 2016

    Minneapolis was rated the big American city with the best park system for the third straight year, according to the Trust for Public Land’s fifth annual ParkScore® index. Minneapolis edged out St. Paul for the top spot among the 100 largest U.S. cities. The Twin Cities tied for first last year.

  • UL Interview: Peter Calthorpe

    The noted California architect and planner discusses China’s new “urban design revolution.” In an interview, Calthorpe spoke to ULI about how the new standards address this explosive growth and the involvement of his Berkeley, California–based design firm, Calthorpe Associates, in promoting sustainable development in China.

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

    May 23, 2016

    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.

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

    May 9, 2016

    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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