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    February

  • 02-10-11

    Federal Restructuring of Fannie and Freddie Ignores Underlying Cause of Crisis

    Last week, the White House issued a white paper with ideas for the restructuring of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mae, which are responsible for guaranteeing 90 percent of mortgages in the country today. Read what Christopher Leinberger thinks was the fundamental cause of the mortgage meltdown and what the federal government needs to do about it going forward.

  • 02-10-11

    Shaun Donovan’s Demand: Embrace Sustainability, If You Want Federal Money

    Shaun Donovan tells Kenneth Harney and ULI that the message to private developers, planning agencies, and local governments is straightforward, “If you want competitive money, we’ve set sustainability as a criterion for all of our funds,” he says. “And that’s really going to begin to change the game on a broad scale.” Read what other plans secretary of HUD Shaun Donovan has implemented and is about to announce.

  • 02-09-11

    Doing It Nature’s Way

    To shift sustainable development to a new level, design professionals are turning to biomimicry, a way to understand and apply a particular location’s “genius of place” to designing buildings and communities. Find out how architectural-engineering firm HOK and the Montana-based Biomimicry Guild are using bio-inspired design adaptations in two new communities in a deciduous forest in India.

  • 02-03-11

    Zero-Energy Homes for the Masses

    Growing consumer awareness of green building benefits is increasing demand for sustainable features—a trend that got a boost when California set zero-energy guidelines for new residential and commercial development of 2020 and 2030, respectively. Read how builders are offering new homes that produce as much energy as they use, at price points comparable to those for traditionally built homes.

  • 02-01-11

    Regional?Spotlight – Pacific Northwest

    Because the Pacific Northwest was one of the last regions to experience the effects of the economic recession, it likely will be one of the last to fully recover. Read why the impact of the recent downturn was not as severe as in most other areas and was not felt for nearly as long in markets like Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver.

  • January

  • 01-28-11

    Reduce, Reuse-Renovate

    As chronic weakness continues in U.S. greenfield development markets, inner-city regeneration remains a relative bright spot—and indications are that it is getting brighter. Adaptive use projects are getting particular attention, thanks in part to increasing government incentives. Read what industry changes are thought capable of altering the development environment permanently.

  • 01-25-11

    ULI Snapshot: Nashville, Tennessee

    Employing an approach that includes new development and adaptive use, and that leverages its solid economic base and strong job growth, Nashville, Tennessee, is seeing successful redevelopment of both its urban core and waterfront. Read how projects ranging from for-rent workforce housing to mixed-use development to a convention center are poised to drive continued economic development in Music City.

  • 01-18-11

    Urban Agriculture: Practices to Improve Cities

    As cities increasingly focus on the impact climate change will have on day-to-day lives, public officials need to think more proactively about the ways they can deliver services and food more efficiently, because the environmental cost of transportation affects communities. Learn about eight advantages of urban agriculture, and how people can take back their connection to fresh food.

  • 01-06-11

    The Rebirth of Houston’s Phoenix Tower

    The problem: The value of the 629,000-square-foot, 34-story Phoenix Tower in Houston was declining. Energy costs were rising alarmingly. The solution: Extensive retrofits that increased the value of the property. Read about the savings and the results that were achieved through a retrofit approach by Franklin Street Properties Corp. and Hines that can be a blueprint for owners, developers and asset managers.

  • December

  • 12-02-10

    Adaptive Use Best Practices: An Interview with David Haresign

    As an architect, David Haresign estimates that almost half of his work has involved restoration or adaptive use. That includes converting a historic school into condos, an old department store warehouse into a speculative office building, and an airplane parts warehouse into an office building for America Online. A partner at Bonstra | Haresign Architects in Washington, D.C., and a ULI member, he shares some key lessons from his experience.