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  • 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.

  • 05-18-20

    Survey: U.S. Commercial Real Estate Sector Expected to Be Resilient in Recovery

    According to survey data from the latest ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast, the current economic recession will be short-lived in the United States, with above-average gross domestic product growth returning in 2021 and 2022. Second, the impact on real estate market conditions and values will be relatively modest and much less severe than the impact experienced during the global financial crisis, with some exceptions by sector.

  • 05-18-20

    ULI Coastal Forum Looks at How Toronto Is Floodproofing for the Future

    In 2013, Toronto had record-high rainfall and flash flooding that overwhelmed urban stormwater and river systems, and ultimately caused an estimated $940 million in damage payouts. In 2019, Lake Ontario experienced record lake level conditions. Waterfront Toronto is in the process of transforming this vulnerable site to both revitalize the city’s eastern waterfront and manage flood risk.

  • 05-18-20

    U.S. Multifamily Owners Hold Tight, Plan for the Future at Increased Utility Loads

    Multifamily owners are navigating a sensitive balance when considering options to optimize and address increased energy and water loads while also working with their residents to navigate the new physical risk challenges posed by COVID-19.

  • 05-15-20

    Sidewalk Labs Planning Its Next Steps for Urban Innovation

    Sidewalk Labs recently announced that it would withdraw from a proposed smart city project in Toronto. But Sidewalk is already in talks to repurpose those innovations, said participants in ULI’s Spring Meeting Webinar Series.

  • 05-13-20

    Investor Perspective from Singapore: Transactions Down while Logistics and Data Centers in Demand

    Real estate investment in the Asia Pacific region has been on a downward trend since 2019, and market uncertainty brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the situation, said speakers at a recent ULI Singapore event held virtually.

  • 05-11-20

    Repurposing Underused Golf Courses and Retail Centers to Fill Affordability Gaps in Housing

    Solutions are slowly emerging as builders attempt to deliver housing that meets the strong demand from middle-class Americans who struggle to afford a home purchase, according to panelists gathered at a ULI housing conference in February.

  • 05-11-20

    In Brief: London and Hong Kong Remain the Most Expensive Cities for Construction

    New York and San Francisco are the most expensive cities in the United States for construction, according to Arcadis’s 2020 International Construction Cost Index, produced by international design and consultancy firm Arcadis. Both are in the top five internationally, with London, Hong Kong, and Geneva leading the list overall.

  • 05-08-20

    Confronting COVID-19: Maintaining and Managing Parks and Open Space under Quarantine

    Parks and open space have provided a much-needed respite from the quarantine slowing the spread of COVID-19, according to experts participating in a ULI webinar.

  • 05-04-20

    Confronting COVID-19: Renewing the Focus on Resilience and the Future of Cities

    The role that health and wellness play in creating resilient buildings and communities has been significantly elevated by the COVID-19 crisis, with healthy design and development strategies becoming key determinants of market competitiveness and investment appeal, according to sustainable real estate experts participating in a webinar hosted by ULI.