New Developments

  • Inside ULI

    In Memory of James J. Curtis III

    Former ULI Foundation Chairman and longtime ULI leader James J. Curtis III, managing partner at Bristol Group Inc., a San Francisco–based real estate investment and development firm, passed away June 30 after a sustained illness. Known for being intensely passionate about his interests—including ULI—Curtis is remembered by his ULI friends and fellow members as an individual of integrity, high intellect, and compassion, and who was firmly committed to the Institute’s mission.

  • Office

    More Flexible Leases, Changes to Common Spaces Driving Future of Workplaces

    The evolution of the workplace is being driven by changing demands and the power of big data, said speakers representing developers, designers, futurists, and millennials at the 2019 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Shanghai.

  • Market Trends

    Alibaba’s AI Could Help Reduce Car Traffic Dramatically in China’s Cities

    An ambitious project in Hangzhou—the city where Alibaba is headquartered—is using big data, sensors, and artificial intelligence to reduce congestion. The system is now being implemented in six other cities in Asia.

  • Development

    Shanghai’s Regeneration: More Than Glass-and-Steel High-Rises

    Though the postcard photos of Shanghai’s gleaming Pudong district are familiar, fewer people are aware of the large numbers of heritage properties the city is conserving and regenerating, said panelists at the 2019 ULI Asia Pacific Summit.

New Developments

  • Market Trends

    Municipalities and Developers Turning to Online Platforms to Get Civic Input

    The city of Detroit used an online platform to get more community feedback on the city’s ever Sustainability Action Agenda. In addition to traditional community outreach, community members were solicited with a multilingual campaign using text messages, a web platform, and traditional yard signs, helping the city gather input from thousands of respondents, more than would be possible at a traditional community meeting.

  • Sustainability

    Asia’s Financiers Are Buying into More Sustainable Building Practices

    Industry leaders speaking at the recent ULI Asia Pacific Summit said that green financing and new building materials are helping them make their developments more sustainable without hurting their bottom line.

  • Capital Markets

    Looking Both Forward and Backward at China’s Economic Evolution

    Pragmatism and caution have defined China’s 40 years of economic reform, and this steady progress is set to continue, said Shui On Group chairman Vincent Lo speaking at the 2019 ULI Asia Pacific Summit. Lo—who has been investing in China real estate for more than 30 years—said that the nation’s approach can be summed up by the aphorism “cross the river by feeling the stones.”

  • Development

    Bringing More Affordable Housing and Density to D.C.’s Affluent Neighborhoods

    Though Washington, D.C., has seen significant growth in multifamily development in the past decade, neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes could also benefit from increased density. In addition, the District itself could benefit from the creation of more affordable housing close to transit and employers. That is one reason why ULI convened a nationwide team of experts to devise strategies for bringing affordable housing to one of the Washington’s toniest planning districts.

  • Market Trends

    Partnership for Building Reuse Helps Support Code Change in Chicago

    The city of Chicago is celebrating the adoption of an extensive overhaul of its building code that has been decades in the making. The new code means some big changes ahead for the city. For ULI Chicago’s Building Reuse Initiative, it also represents a significant step forward in its work to clear a path for more building reuse throughout the city.

  • Planning & Design

    InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland: A Former Quarry Adapted as a Luxury Hotel

    The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel in China’s Songjiang District, near Shanghai, appears modest when approached from ground level because only two storeys project above ground and green roofs help them blend into the surrounding greenery. But when guests step inside, they see the dramatic construction, attached to the rock like a hanging garden.

Recent Articles

  • Improving Entitlement Processes, Working for Broader Acceptance Are Keys to More Housing in D.C. Region

    July 22, 2019

    According to U.S. Census Bureau estimates, the population of Washington, D.C., topped 700,000 residents last year, the first time since 1975. But the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments estimates a shortfall of more than 200,000 housing units by 2025 to meet the projected job growth and transportation system performance in the urban core of the D.C. region. A ULI Washington Impact Task Force report addressed two main barriers to opportunities for supply growth and attainability: navigating the entitlement and approval processes, as well as gaining community acceptance through engagement and participation.

  • How Atlanta Real Estate Leads the Way on Big Infrastructure

    July 22, 2019

    In many American downtown areas and commercial centers, improvement districts are used as tools for revitalization, placemaking, and economic development. They improve the street presence and provide important marketing services for local businesses. But what if they could tackle larger infrastructure needs? Better yet, what if commercial real estate owners and investors could attract billions of public dollars and, in the process, create a new way to build roads, interchanges, and other important projects?

  • Reinvesting in Smaller U.K. Cities with Micro-units, Smart Sensors, and New Approaches to Finance

    July 22, 2019

    At the ULI U.K. Annual Conference, a range of speakers from across Europe provided fresh perspectives on how the real estate industry is evolving to meet the needs of both the economy and society, including use of smarter sensor technology, creation of micro-units for both housing and retail space, as well as assistance for British cities in tapping sources of capital for regeneration.

  • Architect Alejandro Aravena Chosen for 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

    July 22, 2019

    The Chile-based global architect has made extraordinary contributions to the design of affordable housing, public spaces, infrastructure, and transportation.

  • Adjusted ENERGY STAR Calculations Likely to Increase Colder-Climate Office Building Scores

    July 19, 2019

    New ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager building performance calculation adjustments, which will take effect on July 22, will cause a slight increase in cold-weather buildings’ ENERGY STAR scores, reflecting feedback from the real estate industry on an unanticipated large drop in ENERGY STAR ratings over the past year.

  • Municipalities and Developers Turning to Online Platforms to Get Civic Input

    July 18, 2019

    The city of Detroit used an online platform to get more community feedback on the city’s ever Sustainability Action Agenda. In addition to traditional community outreach, community members were solicited with a multilingual campaign using text messages, a web platform, and traditional yard signs, helping the city gather input from thousands of respondents, more than would be possible at a traditional community meeting.

  • Bringing More Affordable Housing and Density to D.C.’s Affluent Neighborhoods

    July 17, 2019

    Though Washington, D.C., has seen significant growth in multifamily development in the past decade, neighborhoods zoned for single-family homes could also benefit from increased density. In addition, the District itself could benefit from the creation of more affordable housing close to transit and employers. That is one reason why ULI convened a nationwide team of experts to devise strategies for bringing affordable housing to one of the Washington’s toniest planning districts.

  • Enhancing the Hotel Guest Experience through Sustainability

    July 16, 2019

    Wise choices in fixtures, finishes, and functions may draw guests’ attention.

  • Corridor Concepts Report Recommends Zoning Changes to Prepare for Expected Growth for Central Ohio

    July 15, 2019

    The population of Columbus, Ohio, is growing rapidly, now surpassing that of San Francisco, according to U.S. Census Bureau data from 2018. Central Ohio is on a path to become a region of 3 million people by 2050. In light of the expected growth, local leaders, including the chairman of ULI Columbus Yaromir Steiner, commissioned the Corridor Concepts Report to better understand how to promote thoughtful development.

  • How Mobility Ties into the Future of Urban Retail, Office, and Residential

    July 15, 2019

    At the 2019 ULI Florida Summit, futurist Greg Lindsay, a futurist and senior fellow with the NewCities nonprofit organization, detailed change agents of future development including the electric scooter mania, shops without checkouts, and “urban cabins.” Lindsay described broadly how the disruption of retail, office, residential, and transportation will continue around the globe—and, in some cases, increase.

  • Product Council Outlook on Travel Trends

    July 15, 2019

    How are tourism trends shaking up the real estate industry?

  • 2019 Summer Issue of Urban Land Is Available Now

    July 12, 2019

    The cover package for the 2019 Summer issue is titled “Hospitality: New services make a difference across property types.” Other topics include “Development: Esports Arenas,” “Zoning: Benefits of Car Sharing,” and “Hotels & Resorts: Buying into Sustainability.

  • Leveraging Higher Education and Philanthropy to Demonstrate Smarter Building Practices in Atlanta

    July 11, 2019

    Georgia Tech’s Eco-Commons project demonstrates cutting-edge sustainable building concepts in partnership with the Kendeda Foundation. Members of ULI Atlanta were recently included in a hard-hat tour of the site, which is under construction.

  • In Memory of James J. Curtis III

    July 11, 2019

    Former ULI Foundation Chairman and longtime ULI leader James J. Curtis III, managing partner at Bristol Group Inc., a San Francisco–based real estate investment and development firm, passed away June 30 after a sustained illness. Known for being intensely passionate about his interests—including ULI—Curtis is remembered by his ULI friends and fellow members as an individual of integrity, high intellect, and compassion, and who was firmly committed to the Institute’s mission.

  • Sensor-Driven “Internet of Things” Is Crucial to Sustainability and Building Management

    July 11, 2019

    A technology expert speaking at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Forum in Copenhagen in June described the evolving best practices for using sensors to enhance building management and tenant satisfaction.

  • ULX: Tall and Taller in the Asia Pacific Region

    July 8, 2019

    Ten buildings ranging from 18 to 64 storeys model innovative ways to reach the sky.

  • Bringing the Amenities and Ease of Use of High-End Hotels to Other Industries

    July 8, 2019

    Companies are increasingly borrowing practices from the hospitality industry in order to attract and retain tenants and residents of all sorts. To address the topic, ULI New York convened a panel titled “The Hotelification of Real Estate,” held in June in Manhattan, featuring a range of experts with specialties spanning commercial, residential, and mixed-use development.

  • Unlocking the Regeneration Potential of Amsterdam’s Haven-Stad

    July 8, 2019

    A new ULI report says that setting up a publicly/privately owned development company will be crucial to unlocking the regeneration of Haven-Stad, which sits close to the city center of Amsterdam and is set to become one of Europe’s largest inner-city mixed-use residential districts. The city hopes to achieve a new mixed-use, dense, and sustainable urban district with 70,000 homes and 58,000 jobs across 12 sub-areas. On completion, Haven-Stad will be comparable to other medium-sized cities in the Netherlands.

  • Architect Jan Gehl’s Philosophy on Future-Proofing Old Cities

    July 2, 2019

    “There is great confusion about what the future will be,” legendary architect Jan Gehl said at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Forum in Copenhagen in June. We have been told that autonomous cars will solve all the problems we ever had. Or drones will be the answer. Or sensor-driven smart cities. But will any one technology future-proof cities? Gehl does not think so.

  • Three Strategies to Keep Placemaking Efforts Organic and Dynamic

    July 2, 2019

    As pop-up outdoor dining and alleyway murals become more commonplace, three speakers at 2019 ULI Florida Summit advocated for a more crafted approach to placemaking by infusing projects with local art and entertainment. Led by Carol Coletta, senior fellow with the Kresge Foundation, the session on creative placemaking examined what has—and has not—worked.

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