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  • 06-22-20

    Life Sciences Continue to Be Driving Force in the Boston Metro Area’s Economy  

    While the various segments of the Greater Boston commercial real estate industry grapple with how to return to operations safely as the global pandemic persists, the region’s life science sector continues to thrive. Acquisition, development, and leasing of laboratory properties remain robust in Boston and Cambridge as well as in the submarkets, according to a panel of life science property owners recently assembled for a ULI Boston webinar.

  • 06-18-20

    Compounding Challenges: Communities Planning for Extreme Weather Events and COVID-19

    ULI’s Urban Resilience team interviewed several public leaders in June to identify how U.S. cities are preparing for natural disasters during the COVID-19 pandemic. A key focus was how cities are providing resources to their most vulnerable residents, who are most at risk for both COVID-19 and climate emergencies.

  • 06-15-20

    Preparing for the “Big One”: Community Earthquake Resilience in Utah and Beyond

    The Salt Lake City area experienced a magnitude 5.7 earthquake in March just days after national and state public emergencies were declared in response to the coronavirus pandemic; Los Angeles also experienced a similar-sized earthquake in June. To help municipalities in the Salt Lake City region create a more resilient and equitable disaster response to this and future earthquakes, ULI Utah—with the support of the Institute’s Urban Resilience Program—brought in local and national experts for a webinar on how Utah and other seismically vulnerable places can start preparing today for the “Big One” that could arrive any day.

  • 06-15-20

    ULI Members in Action: Housing Organizations Enter the Fight against COVID-19

    COVID-19 has hit many communities hard, often in disproportionate ways. Individuals and families who live in public and affordable housing are generally more at risk for contracting and dying from this disease due to previously inequitable social determinants of health conditions; they are also being affected economically. In Austin and Atlanta, ULI members are working to support these residents and help protect them from impacts of the pandemic.

  • 06-12-20

    Real Estate Community’s Role in Pushing Cities Forward on Climate Policy Despite COVID-19

    More than 70 cities worldwide have pledged carbon neutrality by 2050, with a wide range of policies addressing energy use and emissions in buildings under consideration. Even as COVID-19 upends daily life and business, communities including Columbus, Ohio, and St. Louis are passing new climate policies.

  • 06-09-20

    ULI Report Forecasts COVID-19 to Accelerate the Restructuring of Europe’s Retail Property Sector

    A new update from ULI to the Reshaping Retail report, which was published earlier this year prior to the coronavirus pandemic taking hold across Europe, forecasts that the impact of COVID-19 will accelerate the restructuring of the retail property sector, particularly in the United Kingdom. The need for stable cash flows has been identified as the main overall trigger point needed to spur the investment market.

  • 06-09-20

    Tracking China’s Burgeoning Recovery from COVID-19

    When the SARS epidemic surfaced in China in 2003, the impact on domestic real estate was severe but fairly short-lived, with rents and prices rebounding quickly once the outbreak had peaked. The fallout from COVID-19, however, promises to be more profound, as shrinking global demand for Chinese products turns the screw on firms that have only recently restarted operations, said industry experts working in the region.

  • 06-08-20

    UL Interview: Vincent Lo, Chairman of Shui On Land, on Addressing COVID-19

    Kenneth Rhee, executive director of ULI China Mainland, spoke with ULI leader Vincent Lo, chairman of Shui On Land, about his thoughts on the near-term impact of COVID-19 on China’s real estate market and how the urban environment and real estate industry will change.

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  • 05-22-20

    With Reduced Revenues, All Options on the Table as Asia’s Hospitality Industry Pivots

    At the 2020 ULI Singapore Conference, which was held virtually, panelists discussed how hotels have started to offer takeout and delivery to nonguests, in addition to working with the local government to house those under quarantine orders.

  • 05-19-20

    Confronting COVID-19: Insights from Asia on Business Impacts and Mitigation

    Many countries in Asia have successfully mitigated the spread of COVID-19 through a range of strategies that include universal mask use, testing, sophisticated technology for contact tracing, and strict government quarantine and cleaning protocols, according to leading real estate professionals participating in a recent ULI webinar. The participants described impacts on their real estate businesses, and how the real estate industry has been enlisted in the fight against the coronavirus.