ULI celebrated 75 years of leadership in community building in December with a series of events in communities throughout the United States. More than 35 proclamations were issued declaring December 14 “ULI Day.”Read More
This year’s Fall Meeting in Los Angeles—which kicked off the institute’s 75th anniversary celebration—was particularly focused on the long-term future of the industry and ULI.Read More
Walter S. Schmidt, the founder and first president of ULI in the 1930s. Schmidt conceived of an organization where the ingredients were businessmen with knowledge, experience, and a philosophy about the problems of the urban growth and decay of the American City.Read More
“Considered anathema 30 to 40 years ago, architects and developers are now designing spaces that focus on employee cognitive functions and productivity to stay competitive in a knowledge economy gone global,” explains David Hobstetter, principal at San Francisco–based KMD Architects.Read More
Read about ULI from the 1930s—when a fledgling ULI emerged as an independent organization designed to help U.S. land developers—a place where practical knowledge is gathered, shared, and expanded even today—to the 2010s—when ULI kicked off a yearlong celebration of its 75th anniversary at the Institute’s annual Fall Meeting and Urban Land Expo at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
To say U.S. real estate markets have changed dramatically over the past 75 years is an understatement. Not only have American real estate markets grown dramatically, including the creation of REITs, the first CMBS issues, “sustainability” joining the lexicon of land use, and the advancement and implementation of ever-evolving technology in land use.
“Real estate companies have become more sophisticated and require different organizational and leadership structures,” says Richard A. Kessler, chief operating officer of BCP and chair of ULI New York. In the 1990s, real estate leadership became more scientific, taking over from instinct and intuition.
Postwar master-planned communities enabled Americans to build their lives around great neighborhoods, schools, and suburban amenities. In the coming years, communities will continue to be comprehensively planned, but implementation will be in smaller increments, experts predict.
To learn how much public/private partnerships have evolved, one need look no further than a Massachusetts town more than three centuries old, which is the focus of a new paradigm for redevelopment—a private/public partnership in which the developer is taking most of the biggest financial risk.
ULI trustee Smedes York served as chairman from 1989 to 1991. He is chairman of York Properties Inc. in Raleigh, North Carolina, and was mayor of that city from 1979 to 1983. Smedes is a second-generation ULI leader from the York family and here discusses the current economic and real estate markets, his experience, and his views for the future.