New Developments

  • Solving for Climate Change’s Impact on Urban Water Supplies

    October 21, 2019
    Climate change and its relationship to water management are having a profound impact on cities, compounded by the global trend toward urbanization. Harvard University recently hosted a wide-ranging discussion titled, “The Future of Cities: Water,” which assembled an international panel of experts to provide insights into the challenges of water-related climate change as well as potential solutions for a broad range of city environments.
  • Short-Term Rentals and the Effects on Housing Affordability

    October 21, 2019
    For more than a decade, online hospitality marketplaces such as Airbnb, HomeAway, Vrbo, and others have disrupted the global lodging industry by offering inexpensive short-term rental (STR) accommodations. But almost from their inception, these online marketplaces have been at loggerheads with officials and local communities who blame the firms for reducing tax revenue, causing havoc in some neighborhoods, and raising housing prices.

New Developments

  • Solving for Climate Change’s Impact on Urban Water Supplies

    October 21, 2019
    Climate change and its relationship to water management are having a profound impact on cities, compounded by the global trend toward urbanization. Harvard University recently hosted a wide-ranging discussion titled, “The Future of Cities: Water,” which assembled an international panel of experts to provide insights into the challenges of water-related climate change as well as potential solutions for a broad range of city environments.
  • Short-Term Rentals and the Effects on Housing Affordability

    October 21, 2019
    For more than a decade, online hospitality marketplaces such as Airbnb, HomeAway, Vrbo, and others have disrupted the global lodging industry by offering inexpensive short-term rental (STR) accommodations. But almost from their inception, these online marketplaces have been at loggerheads with officials and local communities who blame the firms for reducing tax revenue, causing havoc in some neighborhoods, and raising housing prices.
  • Development

    Large Projects Driving Optimism for Austin’s Prospects

    Austin, Texas, sits at the pinnacle of the U.S. commercial real estate sector right now, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2020. But recent economic wins like the planned $1 billion campus for Apple and the new headquarters of the U.S. Army’s modernization initiative should keep the city standing tall for years to come, said panelists speaking a ULI Austin event in October.

  • Planning & Design

    Competition for Talented Employees Requires Design of Excellent Office Environments

    The business performance of the organizations that occupy the nation’s office towers is increasingly supported by building design that creates excellent employee experiences and work environments. Office buildings must evolve to meet the current demands of the new workplace, according to panelists discussing the future of work at the Fall Meeting.

  • Development

    The Maturing of Reston Town Center: Why Has It Been Successful?

    How did Reston Town Center, set some 20 miles (32 km) from the nation’s capital in the leafy suburbs of Northern Virginia, generate premium real estate values and become desirable enough to compete for the best tenants? It is a story dating back more than 30 years, the product of critical decisions made by a host of real estate professionals, public officials, planners, and designers.

  • Capital Markets

    ULI Forecast Predicts Continued Modest Growth Ahead through 2021

    The persistent theme over the current economic cycle of “lower for longer” growth has contributed to a record expansion cycle that has surpassed 10 years. Results from ULI’s latest “Real Estate Economic Forecast” show that trend is likely to continue into 2021, said panelists speaking on a webinar discussing the survey results.

  • Planning & Design

    Reinventing Urban Social Nodes

    A ULI Fall Meeting session explored new ways of activating social nodes in urban spaces, using experiential design to allow cities’ social infrastructure to evolve. These new “nodes” include ever-evolving urban markets, multifunctional libraries, and even bank cafés.

  • Development

    The Wharf in D.C. Makes a Splash

    Washington reconnects with a long-lost love: its waterfront.

  • Market Trends

    Three Trends Shaping Retail’s Great Transformation

    We are long past the point of discussing how technology has interrupted our lives and changed our perspective of the world. We are now in the post-disruption era, and in many sectors including retail, a new normal is emerging. At the same time we are finally at a place where we can connect the dots to understand how retail is evolving—more efficient through technology and more engagement-focused through experience. The biggest idea driving the newest and most successful retail strategies is wrapped around how we value things—especially time.

Recent Articles

  • Solving for Climate Change’s Impact on Urban Water Supplies

    October 21, 2019

    Climate change and its relationship to water management are having a profound impact on cities, compounded by the global trend toward urbanization. Harvard University recently hosted a wide-ranging discussion titled, “The Future of Cities: Water,” which assembled an international panel of experts to provide insights into the challenges of water-related climate change as well as potential solutions for a broad range of city environments.

  • UL Interview: Architect Alejandro Aravena

    October 21, 2019

    The Chile-based global architect–and this year’s ULI J.C. Nichols lauraeate–has made extraordinary contributions to the design of affordable housing, public spaces, infrastructure, and transportation.

  • The Rise of Pop-up Hotels

    October 21, 2019

    New, tech-based companies create temporary apartment hotels, monetize absorption vacancies, and stimulate urban mixed-use projects.

  • Short-Term Rentals and the Effects on Housing Affordability

    October 21, 2019

    For more than a decade, online hospitality marketplaces such as Airbnb, HomeAway, Vrbo, and others have disrupted the global lodging industry by offering inexpensive short-term rental (STR) accommodations. But almost from their inception, these online marketplaces have been at loggerheads with officials and local communities who blame the firms for reducing tax revenue, causing havoc in some neighborhoods, and raising housing prices.

  • RCLCO: Sales at Master-Planned Communities Exceed Expectations

    October 14, 2019

    A midyear survey of home sales rates at the 50 top-selling master-planned communities (MPCs) in the United States indicates the potential for a 10 percent increase by the end of 2019 compared with last year. That exceeds expectations, according to RCLCO’s report, Top-Selling Master-Planned Communities Mid-Year 2019. The listed communities, on average, are experiencing 3 percent growth in sales over midyear 2018.

  • New Models for Active Adult Living

    October 14, 2019

    Members of the 55-plus market are planning their next move—and they will do it on their terms.

  • Large Projects Driving Optimism for Austin’s Prospects

    October 14, 2019

    Austin, Texas, sits at the pinnacle of the U.S. commercial real estate sector right now, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2020. But recent economic wins like the planned $1 billion campus for Apple and the new headquarters of the U.S. Army’s modernization initiative should keep the city standing tall for years to come, said panelists speaking a ULI Austin event in October.

  • In Brief: Dodge Momentum Index Posted 4.1 Percent Gain in September

    October 14, 2019

    The Dodge Momentum Index moved 4.1 percent higher in September to 143.6 from the revised August reading of 137.9. The gain in September was due entirely to an 8.9 percent increase in the commercial component, while the institutional component fell 4.8 percent.

  • Smarter Zoning Choices Could Stimulate Growth in Greater Boston’s Housing Stock

    October 11, 2019

    With an unemployment rate of 2.6 percent, a diverse economy anchored by health and education institutions, and a flourishing tech and life sciences sector, Greater Boston appears poised for continued growth, even with the specter of a potential recession on the horizon. But, like many other growing U.S. cities, the demand for housing far outstrips the supply. Much of the expanding workforce is in danger of being priced out of the market, as are many longtime residents.

  • UL Interview: ULI Global Chairman Owen Thomas

    October 7, 2019

    Owen D. Thomas, chief executive officer of Boston Properties, one of the nation’s largest real estate companies, is ULI’s current global chairman. A ULI governing trustee, a ULI Foundation governor, and a ULI member for more than 30 years, Thomas recently spoke with Urban Land about his career and his priorities for the Institute.

  • Promoting Diversity in the Real Estate Industry with WLI Prologis Achievement Awards to Female Real Estate Professionals

    October 7, 2019

    Ten outstanding female real estate professionals were recognized at the recent ULI Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., as the 2019 recipients of the Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Prologis Achievement Award. Recipients of the prestigious award were hosted at the meeting by senior WLI members, who are serving as mentors to the awardees to help them advance in the industry and strengthen their engagement with the Institute. The WLI Prologis Achievement Award is part of the Institute’s focus on increasing diversity and inclusivity throughout the Institute and the industry.

  • Accommodating Atlanta’s Future Growth: Rethinking Land Use to Make Better Transportation Decisions

    October 7, 2019

    By 2040, metro Atlanta is projected to grow by 2.5 million people, bringing it to 8 million people, according to the Atlanta Regional Commission. Understanding how transportation and land use can accommodate this increase was one of the subjects discussed at a recent ULI Atlanta event. The event was cohosted in partnership with Perimeter Connects and the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts.

  • What Does the Farmer Say about Agrihoods?

    October 7, 2019

    Farm-centric master-planned communities are a hit with buyers, but it takes skill and planning to keep the agriculture in bloom.

  • ULI Forecast Predicts Continued Modest Growth Ahead through 2021

    October 7, 2019

    The persistent theme over the current economic cycle of “lower for longer” growth has contributed to a record expansion cycle that has surpassed 10 years. Results from ULI’s latest “Real Estate Economic Forecast” show that trend is likely to continue into 2021, said panelists speaking on a webinar discussing the survey results.

  • ULI Forecast Says Longest U.S. Economic and Real Estate Expansion to Continue through 2021

    September 30, 2019

    Although real estate economists have tempered their view on economic growth over the past six months, according to the latest ULI survey data, they continue to forecast positive GDP growth, slower but solid job growth, and steady real estate markets and returns through 2021. This is despite the U.S. yield curve inverting (often a harbinger of a recession), an escalation of the U.S.-China trade dispute, and slowing economic growth in Europe, particularly in the United Kingdom and Germany.

  • Product Council Outlook for Suburban Development and Redevelopment

    September 27, 2019

    What are the possibilities for bringing urban-style living to the suburbs? ULI members discuss the challenges of integrating a mix of uses, how suburban jurisdictions can foster more development, and other trends.

  • Planning for Two Transformative Waterfront Developments on San Diego County’s Chula Vista Bayfront

    September 27, 2019

    Like bookends, two major developments are transforming southern San Diego County’s city of Chula Vista on its most eastern and western fronts: the 535-acre (216 ha) Chula Vista Bayfront development on the San Diego Bay, and Otay Ranch, which will provide nearly 10,000 acres (4,000 ha) of master-planned, multiuse development, with a projected population of more than 110,000.

  • Bringing More Voices to Conversations on Race, Gentrification, and Development

    September 24, 2019

    Using a facilitated conversation format honed at previous ULI meetings, the “fishbowl” at ULI’s Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., brought together 12 experts to discuss the natural tension between cities’ need to encourage housing and economic development—and the community backlash that often results from specific proposals.

  • Despite Trade Issues, Opportunities Expand Across Asia Pacific Region

    September 24, 2019

    Despite the shock of a trade war between the United States and China, the economies in the vast Asia Pacific region are projected to keep growing—as are the opportunities to invest in commercial real estate. Huge investments in infrastructure are helping keep these economies growing.

  • How Four Developers Are Blending Social Equity and Health Concerns into Future Projects

    September 24, 2019

    With health and social equity becoming an increasing focus in the real estate industry, four prominent developers speaking at the ULI Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C., highlighted ways in which they are prioritizing these issues in their corporate strategies, portfolios, and projects.

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