Planning & Design

The Fleet Management facility located on Chicago’s north side. (ULI/Nathan Weber)

Four Teams Selected as Finalists in ULI Hines Student Competition

Teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Université Laval in Quebec, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin have been selected as the four finalists for the 15th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.

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ULX: 10 Government Buildings

The following ten projects—all completed over the past five years—take creative approaches to balance transparency with security to reach out to the public.

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How Three Global Cities Are Working with the Private Sector to Create Housing, Public Spaces

Given that urbanization is putting ever-greater pressure on the finite resources of Europe’s capital cities, the need to create more affordable housing was a major part of the discussion with three public officials speaking at the recent ULI Europe Conference.

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Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance

Energy and energy efficiency were recurring topics at a recent event hosted by ULI Los Angeles, as developers and planners wrestle with ways to improve the efficiency of buildings and communities. New technology and government mandates have helped push the issues to the forefront, but speakers emphasized repeatedly the need for a different way of thinking about short- and long-term goals.

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Recent Articles

  • The Security Challenge: Building around 21st-Century Threats

    February 13, 2017

    The Peterson Companies’ new National Harbor complex development attracts 10 million people each year, but it is likely that few will notice all the measures Peterson has put in place for their protection, which are both well concealed and elaborate.

  • In Print: The City That Never Was

    February 1, 2017

    Mark Twain once observed that “there are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate: when he can’t afford it and when he can.” Author Christopher Marcinkoski, on the other hand—a faculty member in landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Pennsylvania—takes the opposite tack in this, his first book: “speculative expansion of settlement will continue in perpetuity, and any suggestion otherwise should be met with the utmost suspicion.”

  • In Print: Handbook of Biophilic City Planning and Design

    January 30, 2017

    The term biophilia was coined by psychiatrist Eric Fromm during the 1960s and later championed by esteemed biologist E.O. Wilson (1984) in his evocative book by the same name. Author Tim Beatley is a relatively recent convert to the biophilia hypothesis, having previously garnered well-deserved repute for promoting the cause of sustainable cities as an antidote to the specter of climate change.

  • Rethinking Public Housing in Mexico

    January 23, 2017

    Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design recently released a report examining how urban planning and design interventions can help improve housing and urban development practice in Mexico, including densifying existing population centers with infill development and retrofitting infrastructure and services in areas where existing homes have been abandoned.

  • Northwestern Small Blocks: The History and Rationale Behind an Urban Model

    January 17, 2017

    The scale of Portland’s and Vancouver’s small blocks sets patterns that solve multiple development problems and can be a contemporary model for developing urbane, walkable, and sustainable communities.

  • Industry Outlook for Adding Value with Design

    January 9, 2017

    How can raising the quality of architecture add value to real estate developments?

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