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    October

  • 10-01-10

    Enriching Environments

    The winners of this year’s ULI Awards for Excellence: Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) competition share a common element: each is an innovative example of land use that significantly enriches its environment. Yet, it is the contribution of a host of factors that combines to entitle them to the prize, widely recognized as ranking among the land use industry’s most prestigious.

  • 10-01-10

    ULI Europe Conference Explores Property Market Trends

    The ULI Europe Trends Conference gave the 263 people attending a forum at which to explore political and economic trends that will shape property markets this year and beyond. Read what ULI members’ see coming and learn commonsense lessons from the opening keynote, “The Future of the Property Industry,” by Glenn Rufrano, president and CEO of Cushman & Wakefield.

  • 10-01-10

    Redevelopment Roundtable: What potential does redevelopment hold in the current economy?

    Five real estate development experts discuss trends in redevelopment in the United States: where the opportunities lie, what kinds of properties are strong candidates for adaptive use, what sources of financing are available, how redevelopment dovetails with sustainable design, and what the future may hold.

  • 10-01-10

    Ultracompact Minimodules

    Vancouver, British Columbia, architect Michael Katz has produced a modular system at only 220 square feet (20 sq m). In an effort to make the L41 sustainable, affordable, and innovative, Katz chose to construct the unit using cross-laminated timber (CLT), a new wood building product. The L41 home is designed as a studio house for one person or one couple. The L41 was manufactured by Ledcor, a large Vancouver-based contractor, in three modules that were shipped on a flatbed truck to the site and assembled in less than a day.

  • 10-01-10

    A Blueprint for the National Mall

    A debate is taking place right now on how best to protect and preserve one of America’s national treasures, the National Mall, and ensure that it remains what Pierre L’Enfant first imagined it to be—an open space featuring statues and memorials to honor worthy citizens. Should we revisit the 1901 McMillan Plan or begin anew?

  • September

  • 09-30-10

    An Urban Artist: Mayor Richard M. Daley, 2010 Laureate, ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

    Mayor Richard M. Daley’s ability to bring his intertwining priorities to fruition in Chicago have earned him the Urban Land Institute’s prestigious ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development for 2010, making him only the second mayor so honored in the award’s 11-year history.

  • 09-29-10

    Real Estate Markets Will Recover, But More Pain to Come in Short Term, Says Vornado’s Fascitelli

    Vornado Realty Trust, one of the largest owners and managers of real estate in the United States, received approval to construct a 68-story, 1,216-foot- (370-m) tall tower on 34th Street in New York City. Do Vornado and Michael D. Fascitelli, the company’s president and chief executive officer, know something about the real estate market that others don’t?

  • 09-29-10

    ULI California High Speed Rail Conference Looks to France and China

    Andreas Heym, director of development for consultants AREP, narrated a tour of French high speed rail stations, and how they connect urban-planning loose ends in many cities, from large metropolises to country towns. Jeff Heller, partner with Heller Manus Architects, and a member of Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s high speed rail China delegation, discussed aspects of China’s approach to development of high speed rail.

  • 09-29-10

    Can Community Outreach Save High Speed Rail?

    What if local communities don’t want “huge” and “transformative” when it comes to high-speed rail? Some officials in California have expressed intense opposition to proposed high-speed rail stations, citing concerns about increased traffic and parking requirements. Even Stanford University, which might ordinarily support such progress, is opposed. Are there public outreach efforts that can help overcome these hurdles?

  • 09-28-10

    Spreading Risk and Reward

    Adding layers and partners to a project may seem daunting, but the shortage of capital in today’s market is motivating project sponsors to look for public, nonprofit, and other entities to help get viable concepts designed, funded, approved, and built. Read how developers and investors are embracing public/private partnerships with more openness than ever before.