New Developments

  • In Brief: 2020 Ends with Record-Setting Quarter for U.S. Industrial Sector

    January 15, 2021
    The U.S. industrial real estate market finished 2020 with a remarkably strong quarter, much of its resilience hinging on the acceleration of e-commerce, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield. The fourth quarter was the strongest for absorption ever, accounting for 89.8 million square feet (83.4 million sq m).
  • In Brief: Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities for 2020

    January 11, 2021
    The Villages, a retiree-focused community northwest of Orlando, in 2020 once again topped RCLCO’s listing of the 50 top-selling U.S. master-planned communities. Total new home sales among the communities were 20 percent higher in 2020 than the previous year, RCLCO reported.
  • ULI China Real Estate Investment Summit 2020 Asia Pacific

    As REITs Form in China, Investors Look for Growth

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: Real estate investors gathered for a panel at the ULI China Real Estate Investment Summit said they are optimistic about continued opportunities in China across a broadening group of sectors and product types, a position echoed by a second panel featuring Chinese developers. The summit was held in December with both virtual and in-person participants, as well as tours in Shanghai.

  • Sustainability

    Confronting COVID-19: The Rising Imperative of Integrating Health and Social Equity into Development

    The COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice have spurred the real estate community to more fully factor health and social equity into all aspects of urban planning, design, and development, according to participants in a webinar hosted in mid-November by ULI. The event focused on two new ULI publications, Health and Social Equity in Real Estate: State of the Market and Health and Social Equity in Real Estate: Examples from the Field.

  • Sustainability

    A Blueprint for a Greener Industry: Building the Foundation of a Real Estate ESG Program

    Building on the leading sustainability work that ULI Greenprint member organizations have been implementing since 2009, the recently published ULI Blueprint for Green Real Estate report helps real estate owners and investors create or accelerate a sustainability program, and developers looking for ways to integrate sustainability into their overall development strategies. In an on-demand session at the 2020 ULI Virtual Fall Meeting, two sustainability directors at Greenprint member companies interviewed one another about creating their own blueprint for green real estate at their respective organizations.

New Developments

  • In Brief: 2020 Ends with Record-Setting Quarter for U.S. Industrial Sector

    January 15, 2021
    The U.S. industrial real estate market finished 2020 with a remarkably strong quarter, much of its resilience hinging on the acceleration of e-commerce, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield. The fourth quarter was the strongest for absorption ever, accounting for 89.8 million square feet (83.4 million sq m).
  • In Brief: Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities for 2020

    January 11, 2021
    The Villages, a retiree-focused community northwest of Orlando, in 2020 once again topped RCLCO’s listing of the 50 top-selling U.S. master-planned communities. Total new home sales among the communities were 20 percent higher in 2020 than the previous year, RCLCO reported.
  • Capital Markets

    Top Takeaways from the Allen Matkins/ULI Capital Markets Roundtable

    In fall 2020, Allen Matkins and the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate held a roundtable discussion, in two parts, featuring several industry leaders. Each speaker shared insights regarding the effect that COVID-19 has had on capital markets, mainly in real estate, as well as their forecasts for the coming year.

  • ULI China Real Estate Investment Summit 2020 - On Site Asia Pacific

    Housing Sector Continues to Drive Growth as China Recovers Entering 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: With recovery from the global pandemic well underway, China has areas of stability and opportunity it can capitalize on as it enters the new year, panelists said at the ULI China Real Estate Investment Summit in December. China is expected to be the only G20 economy to have seen economic growth in 2020.

  • Sustainability

    Setting a Net-Zero Carbon Goal for 2050

    In October, the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance announced an additional goal to reduce the operational carbon emissions of its members’ collective buildings to net zero by the year 2050. Eleven ULI Greenprint members have already publicly committed to this target on top of the 50 percent carbon reduction goal by 2030 that all ULI Greenprint members have already pledged.

  • Market Trends

    Using Pull Planning to Improve Construction Outcomes in Multifamily

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: A ULI Houston member shares how the multifamily construction industry is using “pull planning” to boost productivity and efficiency as costs rise.

Recent Articles

  • ESG in Focus: Looking Ahead at a More Sustainable Industry in 2021

    January 21, 2021

    A new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance highlights the commercial real estate industry’s increasingly focused view of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) strategies in 2021. The Sustainability Outlook 2021 is the Institute’s first-ever look ahead on issues that are specific to ESG-related concerns in the real estate industry. Members from ULI’s Sustainable Development Council, along with ULI Global Chairman Owen D. Thomas and ULI Trustee Ken Hubbard, contributed to this report.

  • The 2020 ULI Annual Report: Successfully Navigating a Rapidly Changing World

    January 20, 2021

    This report shows how ULI—through our members—is continuing to make a positive, lasting difference in communities around the world.

  • Highlighting Best Practices for Climate Resilience from Five Global Cities

    January 19, 2021

    A new publication from ULI and Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities calls on cities worldwide to recognize their common challenges in building climate resilience. It sets out a strategy for mobilizing individuals—whether in business, government, or civic organizations, or as residents—to act as global citizens and take steps toward making their cities more climate resilient.

  • New U.S. Administration’s Climate Plan Would Propel Innovation in Sustainability

    January 15, 2021

    The climate plan outlined by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s administration is significant in that it reaffirms a commitment to addressing climate challenges, , said panelists participating in a recent webinar hosted by the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance. The plan would also provide considerable resources to support and propel innovation throughout the real estate industry in key areas such as energy efficiency, carbon emission mitigation, and climate change resilience.

  • In Brief: 2020 Ends with Record-Setting Quarter for U.S. Industrial Sector

    January 15, 2021

    The U.S. industrial real estate market finished 2020 with a remarkably strong quarter, much of its resilience hinging on the acceleration of e-commerce, according to data from Cushman & Wakefield. The fourth quarter was the strongest for absorption ever, accounting for 89.8 million square feet (83.4 million sq m).

  • Top Takeaways from the Allen Matkins/ULI Capital Markets Roundtable

    January 14, 2021

    In fall 2020, Allen Matkins and the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate held a roundtable discussion, in two parts, featuring several industry leaders. Each speaker shared insights regarding the effect that COVID-19 has had on capital markets, mainly in real estate, as well as their forecasts for the coming year.

  • Kansas City, Missouri, Chosen as 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition Study Site

    January 12, 2021

    The East Village neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, has been selected as the study site for ULI’s 19th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.

  • As REITs Form in China, Investors Look for Growth

    January 11, 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: Real estate investors gathered for a panel at the ULI China Real Estate Investment Summit said they are optimistic about continued opportunities in China across a broadening group of sectors and product types, a position echoed by a second panel featuring Chinese developers. The summit was held in December with both virtual and in-person participants, as well as tours in Shanghai.

  • In Brief: Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities for 2020

    January 11, 2021

    The Villages, a retiree-focused community northwest of Orlando, in 2020 once again topped RCLCO’s listing of the 50 top-selling U.S. master-planned communities. Total new home sales among the communities were 20 percent higher in 2020 than the previous year, RCLCO reported.

  • Unlocking a Citywide ADU Policy in Chicago

    January 8, 2021

    A ULI Chicago task force has been working to expand housing options in the Chicagoland area by addressing regulatory barriers to the creation of accessory dwelling units (ADUs).

  • Housing Sector Continues to Drive Growth as China Recovers Entering 2021

    January 5, 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: With recovery from the global pandemic well underway, China has areas of stability and opportunity it can capitalize on as it enters the new year, panelists said at the ULI China Real Estate Investment Summit in December. China is expected to be the only G20 economy to have seen economic growth in 2020.

  • Urging Toronto to Retrofit Aging Housing to Preserve Affordability  

    January 4, 2021

    The city of Toronto should take action now and develop a long-term housing strategy to retrofit more than 800 private rental towers to create sustainable buildings, according to a report released by ULI Advisory Services.

  • In Brief: Preserving the Past While Creating the Office Spaces of the Future

    January 4, 2021

    Over the last 100 years, more than 4,200 buildings have been converted into office space through adaptive use across the United States, according to a report from data provider Yardi’s Commercial Search. Primarily, those conversions were from industrial space (61 percent), followed by retail (19 percent) and residential (5 percent).

  • UDR’s Pacific City: When You’re Here, You’re on Vacation

    January 1, 2021

    SPONSORED POST: The Residences at Pacific City is an award-winning, LEED Silver–certified, 516-home community developed by UDR and situated in a prime location off the Pacific Coast Highway in Huntington Beach, California. It is one of over 20 UDR communities that have obtained sustainability certifications, and a portion of its development was funded through the capital raised in UDR’s initial Green Bond offering.

  • Insights from the McCoy Symposium: Confidence in U.S. Real Estate for 2021

    December 21, 2020

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: Commercial real estate is likely to have a good year in 2021 — despite the devastation caused by the coronavirus, according to industry leaders at the 27th annual ULI/McCoy Symposium on Real Estate Finance.

  • With Record-Breaking Class Size, ULI/REAP 2020 Fall Academy Building Real-Life Connections in Commercial Real Estate

    December 21, 2020

    In mid-December, Project REAP and ULI held a ceremony celebrating the 190 graduates who completed the ULI/REAP Online Academy in 2020. But this year’s graduating class is unique—not only by being the largest single cohort in the program’s 22-year history, but also by being conducted virtually from start to finish, which allowed for a broader geographic pool of participants.

  • Setting a Net-Zero Carbon Goal for 2050

    December 18, 2020

    In October, the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance announced an additional goal to reduce the operational carbon emissions of its members’ collective buildings to net zero by the year 2050. Eleven ULI Greenprint members have already publicly committed to this target on top of the 50 percent carbon reduction goal by 2030 that all ULI Greenprint members have already pledged.

  • Don’t Write Off the Office: Key Takeaways from Industry Leaders in Asia Pacific’s Top Markets

    December 17, 2020

    Though working from home has moved higher on the occupier agenda as the Asia Pacific region copes with the ongoing global pandemic, office space is adapting to the changing environment.

  • Undoing the Policies and Practices That Created Residential Segregation across the United States

    December 14, 2020

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: The segregation of urban neighborhoods across the United States since the Great Depression was largely created by policies and practices established and enforced by local and federal authorities, Richard Rothstein, author of the bestselling book The Color of Law, said during a group discussion with ULI members at the 2020 ULI Building Healthy Places Forum.

  • ULI Resilience Summit: Calling for Action on Mitigating Climate Risk

    December 14, 2020

    In early December, ULI members gathered virtually to discuss climate risk and real estate at the second annual Resilience Summit. The event’s agenda focused on how real estate and land use professionals can prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change, and where leadership could help shape better outcomes for the future.

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