New Developments

  • As Economists Forecast for 2020, Some Already Thinking Past the Next Recession

    November 20, 2019
    “Economists generally expect [the United States] will experience a downturn . . . over the course of 2020 or early 2021,” says Sam Chandan, a trained economist, an associate dean of New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a host of the Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM Radio. Chandan presented his “2020 Economic Forecast” at a ULI New York event in November.
  • Singapore, Tokyo Are Top Investment Markets in the Asia Pacific Region for 2020

    November 15, 2019
    After several years of steady growth, Asia Pacific real estate continues to produce strong returns, but caution is increasingly embedded into investor strategies, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate ® Asia Pacific 2020, an annual real estate forecast jointly published by ULI and PwC. Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, and Melbourne are ranked as four of the top five markets for investment prospects, reflecting investor preference for regional markets that are large, liquid, and defensive.
  • Development

    Paris Seen as Europe’s Top City for 2020 Real Estate Investment and Development

    Despite the political uncertainty across Europe and around the world, European real estate remains a desirable asset for investors globally. That is the bottom line of the new Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2020 report released by the Urban Land Institute with PwC in Brussels. The coming 2024 Olympic Games were cited as a big draw for Paris, but the Grand Paris project was also mentioned many times by panelists.

  • Development

    Regional Spotlight: Metro New York, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic

    Hudson Yards, Schuylkill Yards, and Port Covington are just three examples of real estate development driven by expanding and diversifying economies in the country’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Economic sectors such as technology, education and medicine, financial services, and media are thriving and gobbling up space in major markets.

  • Development

    The Rise of Pop-up Hotels

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

  • Planning & Design

    New Models for Active Adult Living

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

  • Inside ULI

    UL Interview: ULI Global Chairman Owen Thomas

    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.

New Developments

  • As Economists Forecast for 2020, Some Already Thinking Past the Next Recession

    November 20, 2019
    “Economists generally expect [the United States] will experience a downturn . . . over the course of 2020 or early 2021,” says Sam Chandan, a trained economist, an associate dean of New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a host of the Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM Radio. Chandan presented his “2020 Economic Forecast” at a ULI New York event in November.
  • Singapore, Tokyo Are Top Investment Markets in the Asia Pacific Region for 2020

    November 15, 2019
    After several years of steady growth, Asia Pacific real estate continues to produce strong returns, but caution is increasingly embedded into investor strategies, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate ® Asia Pacific 2020, an annual real estate forecast jointly published by ULI and PwC. Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, and Melbourne are ranked as four of the top five markets for investment prospects, reflecting investor preference for regional markets that are large, liquid, and defensive.
  • Planning & Design

    Patrick L. Phillips: Sidewalk Lays Out a Path to the Future in Toronto

    In the Waterfront Toronto RFP for Quayside, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs saw a key opportunity for a demonstration project unbound by the conventions of traditional urban planning or real estate economics. This was something new: a chance to innovate at the urban scale, to develop, deploy, and measure the success of a web of new technologies in an actual neighborhood.

  • Sustainability

    Helping Make Downtown Fort Lauderdale More Connected, Sustainable, and Walkable

    ULI Advisory Services panelists spent a week in October visiting various sites in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to evaluate buildings as well as the infrastructure, especially connected to the area’s water management. The panel made several recommendations for how the city of Fort Lauderdale, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and local developers can create a greener, more connected, less congested, and more resilient downtown.

  • 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.

Recent Articles

  • Working to Keep Charlotte Affordable as the Region Expects Rapid Growth

    November 20, 2019

    With a series of recent high-profile economic development wins, Charlotte, North Carolina, has affirmed its status as a market to…

  • As Economists Forecast for 2020, Some Already Thinking Past the Next Recession

    November 20, 2019

    “Economists generally expect [the United States] will experience a downturn . . . over the course of 2020 or early 2021,” says Sam Chandan, a trained economist, an associate dean of New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate, and a host of the Real Estate Hour on SiriusXM Radio. Chandan presented his “2020 Economic Forecast” at a ULI New York event in November.

  • Building Highly Sustainable, Energy-Efficient Workplaces: Tenant and Owner Perspectives

    November 20, 2019

    Greening the workplace beyond the existing building code requirements requires both tenants and owners to prioritize investing in and tracking sustainability. Two panels of experts, one composed of tenant representatives and the other of property owner representatives, discussed their challenges and solutions at “Beyond Code for a Greener Bay Area: Owner and Tenant Solutions for Sustainable Buildouts,” an event organized by ULI San Francisco and ULI’s Tenant Energy Optimization Program (TEOP).

  • Expect 5G to Slow Its Roll as It Enters Buildings

    November 18, 2019

    Commercial structures could be a formidable barrier to 5G wireless.

  • Involve the Public in Data Collection for Better Results

    November 18, 2019

    Principles for making cities smart—for the people in them.

  • Capital Markets Roundtable: Where Investors Say the Market Is Headed

    November 18, 2019

    The ULI/Allen Matkins Capital Markets Roundtable, now in its fifth year, brings together investors, developers, lenders, managers, and intermediaries at the ULI Fall Meeting to share insights and perspectives on the current and future outlook for real estate capital markets. Panelists discussed what is working for their firms.

  • Singapore, Tokyo Are Top Investment Markets in the Asia Pacific Region for 2020

    November 15, 2019

    After several years of steady growth, Asia Pacific real estate continues to produce strong returns, but caution is increasingly embedded into investor strategies, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate ® Asia Pacific 2020, an annual real estate forecast jointly published by ULI and PwC. Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney, and Melbourne are ranked as four of the top five markets for investment prospects, reflecting investor preference for regional markets that are large, liquid, and defensive.

  • Halfway There: After Making Progress in Operational Efficiency, Buildings Must Now Consider Embodied Carbon

    November 15, 2019

    Embodied carbon refers to the emissions associated with manufacturing, transportation, and construction of building materials, as well as building disposal. As buildings become more efficient and emit less carbon during their operational lifetime, embodied carbon will become the majority share of building-related carbon emissions.

  • How to Implement a Smart Building

    November 11, 2019

    A nervous system capable of collecting data and a brain that is able to make use of it are vital to a system that meets the needs of stakeholders—and society.

  • In Brief: Dodge Momentum Index Moved Higher in October

    November 8, 2019

    The Dodge Momentum Index, a monthly measure of the initial report for U.S. nonresidential building projects in planning, rose 6.9 percent month over month in October. The increase was due to a recovery in institutional planning projects, which had stepped back over the previous few months. Institutional planning moved 22.8 percent higher in the month while commercial planning lost 0.5 percent.

  • Patrick L. Phillips: Sidewalk Lays Out a Path to the Future in Toronto

    November 8, 2019

    In the Waterfront Toronto RFP for Quayside, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs saw a key opportunity for a demonstration project unbound by the conventions of traditional urban planning or real estate economics. This was something new: a chance to innovate at the urban scale, to develop, deploy, and measure the success of a web of new technologies in an actual neighborhood.

  • The Smarter City

    November 8, 2019

    In Toronto, Sidewalk Labs has sketched out an ambitious vision for a high-tech urban environment designed with human needs rather than technology in mind. Whether it will come to fruition remains unclear.

  • Paris Seen as Europe’s Top City for 2020 Real Estate Investment and Development

    November 7, 2019

    Despite the political uncertainty across Europe and around the world, European real estate remains a desirable asset for investors globally. That is the bottom line of the new Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2020 report released by the Urban Land Institute with PwC in Brussels. The coming 2024 Olympic Games were cited as a big draw for Paris, but the Grand Paris project was also mentioned many times by panelists.

  • ULI Advisory Services: 70-Plus Years of Creative Solutions

    November 6, 2019

    From recommending how communities in Puerto Rico can better prepare for extreme weather events to how Atlanta can “stitch” a divided downtown back together with new streets, buildings, and parks, ULI members have provided creative solutions to the most complex land use challenges facing communities for more than 70 years through the Institute’s Advisory Services program.

  • Mid-Year Review from ULI Europe’s Chairman

    November 4, 2019

    The ULI Europe Leadership Retreat, which took place in Lisbon at the end of September, was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with fellow professionals from the real estate industry thanks to the connections made through the ULI.

  • Preview the 2019 Tech Special Issue of Urban Land

    November 4, 2019

    The cover package for the 2019 Tech special issue is titled “Technology: Searching for practical solutions.” Other topics include “Smart Cities: Sidewalk’s Toronto,” “Transportation: From Scooters to Skyports,” and “Big Data: Putting Data to Work.”

  • Adding Density and Mixed Use to One of New York City’s Outer Suburbs

    November 4, 2019

    By the end of 2019, the first families will move into new, million-dollar townhouses at Edge-on-Hudson, a $1 billion development that will eventually bring more than a thousand new residences to Sleepy Hollow, New York.

  • In Brief: CBRE Sees Tech Companies Taking Increased Share of Available U.S. Office Space

    November 1, 2019

    The tech industry has claimed an increasingly larger share of major U.S. office-leasing activity as real estate and economic indicators point to continued momentum for the sector over the next two years, according to CBRE’s annual Tech-30 report. CBRE’s analysis found that tech companies accounted for 21 percent of major office-leasing activity in the first half of this year, up from 11 percent when CBRE began tracking the figures in 2011.

  • Regional Spotlight: Metro New York, New England, and the Mid-Atlantic

    October 28, 2019

    Hudson Yards, Schuylkill Yards, and Port Covington are just three examples of real estate development driven by expanding and diversifying economies in the country’s Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Economic sectors such as technology, education and medicine, financial services, and media are thriving and gobbling up space in major markets.

  • Helping Make Downtown Fort Lauderdale More Connected, Sustainable, and Walkable

    October 25, 2019

    ULI Advisory Services panelists spent a week in October visiting various sites in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to evaluate buildings as well as the infrastructure, especially connected to the area’s water management. The panel made several recommendations for how the city of Fort Lauderdale, the Downtown Development Authority (DDA), and local developers can create a greener, more connected, less congested, and more resilient downtown.

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