Finding Value from Energy Efficiency in Houston’s Biggest Buildings

A new grouping of real estate and energy experts is setting out to show Houston’s building owners, occupiers, and investors how to add value by subtracting energy.

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Before the Storm: Strengthening Communities with Resilience Thinking

How do we decide where best to invest our creativity and finite resources to make places safer, stronger, and ready to withstand acute shocks? The latest findings include better financial underwriting standards but also stronger interpersonal human networks.

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Creating the Leading Urban Think Tank in the Sun Belt

Last fall, William Fulton, a former mayor and planner by training, left Southern California to take a new position at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University in Houston. Leveraging Rice’s strengths in computer science, architecture, civil engineering, and other disciplines, Fulton hopes to establish the leading urban think tank in the Sun Belt.

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Curing the Modern Plague of Human Behavior

In the past decade, there has been a shift in the types of diseases affecting populations around the world, particularly in the more developed world. This shift requires new approaches to human health that extend beyond formal health care systems and include the built environment, says Sir Malcolm Grant, chairman of the National Health Service in England.

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Recent Articles

  • Transforming Communities with the Resilience Dividend

    March 19, 2015

    This is an excerpt from ULI’s book, Visionaries in Urban Development, which profiles the first 15 years of the ULI J.C. Nichols prize, the Institute’s highest honor. The 2014 honoree is Dr. Judith Rodin.

  • Reimagining Houston’s Transit System

    March 12, 2015

    After a two-year process, Houston’s existing bus system will be restructured to give better coverage and boost frequency to key areas without cost. Could other systems be similarly optimized?

  • Two If by Sea: The Urban Implications of Living with Water

    March 9, 2015

    ULI Boston/New England recently published a report, The Urban Implications of Living with Water, drawn from a charrette charged with exploring strategies for dealing with the effects of rising sea levels. It addresses four areas of Boston: the historic Back Bay neighborhood, Revere Beach, the Alewife Quadrangle, and the Innovation District.

  • Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice

    Development strategies that can improve health outcomes—such as providing protected bikeways, minimizing noise pollution, and offering amenities such as community gardens—are highlighted in a new publication from the Urban Land Institute, the Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment.

  • Charleston’s Upper Peninsula: Sustainable Growth for a Knowledge-Based Economy

    March 4, 2015

    Dubbed “Silicon Harbor” by Fast Company magazine, Charleston has become a hotbed for digital startups with homegrown firms like Blue Acorn, PeopleMatter, and BoomTown! creating high-wage jobs, drawing talent from outside the region, and pumping dollars into the regional economy.

  • Green Innovations Adding Market Value

    February 27, 2015

    Clean, renewable energy technologies are already powering homes, commercial buildings, and cars, but will soon be taking on heavier assignments, including moving trains, trucks, and even jets, experts said at a shared conference day of FutureBuild 2015 and the Green Marketmaker’s Conference, held in Los Angeles in late January through a partnership between ULI Los Angeles and VerdeXchange.

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