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In Print: Zoned in the USA: The Origins and Implications of American Land-Use Regulation

In this probing analysis, based largely on contrasts between the United States and Europe, planning scholar Sonia Hirt offers new and refreshing insights into zoning’s fault lines and asks why, despite recurring attempts at reform, it has yet to overcome the challenges outlined a century or more ago.

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In Print: Hot to Cold: An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation

The map inside the front cover of Bjarke Ingels’s new book is a rapid corrective to anyone tempted to reckon his Alexander-like conquest of the globe before turning 40 years old as merely figurative, exploring commissions from Lappland in northern Scandinavia to Doha in Qatar and dozens of coordinates in between.

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ULX: The Eclectic Tech Workplace

Ten high-tech companies redefining the workplace. The following projects include adapted textile factory buildings and liquor distribution warehouses, workplaces with amphitheaters and secret rooms, and a net-zero-energy structure.

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Ben E. Donsky, Antonio Fiol-Silva, Will Rogers, James D. Burnett. The Value of Accessing Cultural Assets through Urban Open Space. 2015 ULI Fall Meeting, San Francisco CA

Creative Place Making: Turning Urban Open Space into a Cultural Asset

The role of open space in cities was the focus of a panel at ULI’s recent Fall Meeting. Will Rogers, chief executive officer at the Trust for Public Land offered tips on ways to make the spaces cultural assets that connect with local populations, while other panelists gave practical examples of parks and industrial brownfields that have been reimagined as cultural resources.

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Recent Articles

  • Success Factors for Modern Master-Planned Communities

    November 2, 2015

    What’s creative and different in modern master-planned communities (MPCs) was the focus of a ULI Fall Meeting panel that shared lessons learned from conception, launch, and execution of new MPCs. “We’re trying to create ‘the new real,’ ” said Susan Hebel Watts, vice president of real estate development for WestRock, which is building four MPCs outside of Charleston, South Carolina.

  • Are the “Smartest” Buildings Often the Simplest?

    October 26, 2015

    At the final session of ULI’s 2015 Fall Meeting in San Francisco, veteran futurist Paul Saffo advised architects and developers to prepare for technological change by remaining as flexible as they can. Saffo, a consulting associate professor at Stanford University and chairman of the futures track at Silicon Valley’s Singularity University, cautioned against betting too heavily on assumptions about what technology will predominate in the near future, and when it will take hold.

  • The Bay Area’s Experimentation with Solving for Housing Affordability

    October 19, 2015

    Could a 220-square-foot (20 sq m) apartment be a housing solution for low- and middle-income residents in high-cost cities? What about modular housing on city-owned land? Or single-family homes reengineered to house more people? These were some of the possibilities discussed by a panel of experts at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco last week.

  • Reimagining Luxury at Modern Resorts: Cycling Is the New Golf

    In a competitive global market, resort designers are racing to define the “new luxury.” The modern concept of luxury is “really about elegance and simplicity,” said Richard Centolella, a principal in design firm EDSA, during a panel discussion at the ULI Fall Meeting.

  • Transforming Cities through Art and Culture

    Art and other expressions of culture can no longer be considered pricey or optional additions to major real estate projects, said panelists at the ULI Fall Meeting in San Francisco.

  • Transbay District: Higher Densities and a New Transit-Oriented Neighborhood in Downtown San Francisco

    October 15, 2015

    The Transbay Transit Center—a new multimodal transit hub that includes a retail center and a 5.4-acre (2.2 ha) rooftop park—is under construction south of Market Street, San Francisco’s main commercial strip, which acts as a gateway to the city’s famous and well-developed Financial District to the north.

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