Author: Chris Harris
Chris Harris was ULI's vice president of global communications, based in London.
Articles by Chris Harris
- Leading Firms Joining Forces with ULI to Fast-Track and Scale up Decarbonization in Europe
Published on November 23, 2021 in Sustainability
ULI has kicked off a new project in partnership with several major real estate organizations–including Allianz Real Estate, Catella, Hines, Redevco and Schroders Capital–that will support the built environment in Europe on its urgent journey to carbon neutrality.
- ULI and PwC Report Finds Post-Pandemic Leap in Confidence in Europe while Coming to Terms with Lasting Impact of COVID-19
Published on November 03, 2021 in Capital Markets
Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2022, the 19th annual survey by ULI and PwC of European real estate sector leaders’ expectations for the year ahead, finds a significant leap in confidence going into next year. The longer-term outlook is characterized by uncertainty, with many still coming to terms with the radical changes to the business of real estate brought about or accelerated by COVID-19.
- Momentum Builds for ULI Greenprint Net Zero Carbon Operations Goal as Eight New Real Estate Companies Publicly Align
Published on October 12, 2021 in Sustainability
The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance revealed in October that eight new real estate leaders, representing over 2,400 buildings, have announced plans to reduce the operational carbon emissions of their collective portfolio under operational control to net zero by the year 2050. This is on top of the 17 ULI Greenprint members who already publicly aligned with this goal so far.
- Cities of Minneapolis and Alexandria Jointly Win ULI’s Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards
Published on October 08, 2021 in Planning & Design
Affordable and workforce housing policies and programs put in place by the governments of Alexandria, Virginia, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have been selected as joint winners of the 2021 Urban Land Institute Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards. The annual awards, presented by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing, recognize innovative ways the public sector is addressing the nation’s affordable housing crisis, and the winners will be celebrated at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago.
- Seven Developments Named Winners of 2021 ULI Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards
Published on October 08, 2021 in Planning & Design
The ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing has announced seven winning residential projects for the 2021 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards, which will be celebrated at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago. Winners include projects in California, Idaho, Massachusetts, New York, Puerto Rico, Texas, and Washington.
- Jonathan F.P. Rose Selected as Winner of the 2021 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
Published on September 21, 2021 in Inside ULI
One of the housing industry’s most respected practitioners, Jonathan F.P. Rose has been named the 2021 recipient of the ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development.
- Five Real Estate Projects Chosen as Winners of 2021 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence
Published on July 12, 2021 in Planning & Design
Five outstanding real estate projects from across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region have been announced as recipients of the 2021 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence. The winners, each of which demonstrates a comprehensive level of quality and a forward-looking approach to development and design, include two projects in the United Kingdom and one each in Germany, Belgium, and Portugal.
- Khoo Teng Chye Appointed Chair of ULI Asia Pacific
Published on July 08, 2021 in Inside ULI
Khoo Teng Chye, who is on the faculty of Engineering and the School of Design and Environment at the National University of Singapore, has been appointed chair of ULI Asia Pacific. Khoo, a fellow and former executive director at the Centre for Liveable Cities, began his three-year term in July, succeeding Nicholas Brooke, chairman of Professional Property Services Limited in Hong Kong.
- ULI Welcomes New Members of the Global Board of Directors and Governing Trustees
Published on July 08, 2021 in Inside ULI
Five internationally renowned real estate industry leaders have joined ULI’s Global Board of Directors, and 34 additional industry luminaries have been added to the roster of the Institute’s Global Governing Trustees. Both the Global Board members and Global Governing Trustees will serve on a voluntary basis beginning in July.
- Peter Ballon Appointed as ULI’s New Global Chair
Published on July 06, 2021 in Inside ULI
Peter Ballon, global head of real estate for CPP Investments, has been appointed the new ULI global chair. Ballon will serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term and will provide member leadership as the Institute focuses on three new global mission priorities: decarbonization, education, and housing.
- Single-Family Rental Market Poised to Expand, ULI/RCLCO Report Finds
Published on June 29, 2021 in Development
The single-family rental (SFR) market is seeing a dramatic increase in interest and growth, with changes brought on by COVID-19 emphasizing the need for a broader diversity of rental housing, according to a report prepared jointly by ULI and RCLCO.
- Finalists Announced for 2021 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence
Published on May 19, 2021 in Planning & Design
ULI has announced 10 finalists in the 2021 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence for projects that exemplify best land use practice from across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) region. Overall winners will be announced as part of an online ceremony in early July and will be automatically nominated for the 2021 ULI Global Awards for Excellence, which will be announced later this year.
- Three Rules to Break in Retail Mixed-Use Design
Published on May 12, 2021 in Retail/Entertainment
Much discussion has taken place in recent years about the do’s and don’ts of design for development of mixed-use projects, but the global pandemic has changed the ballgame. In a concurrent session at the 2021 ULI Virtual Spring Meeting, experts at CallisonRTKL and industry-leading voices explored the rules to break when designing for a new consumer mind-set.
- The “Multiverse of Work”: Productivity and the Workplace in the Post-COVID World
Published on May 11, 2021 in Economy, Market & Trends
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all to rethink everything we thought we knew about productivity and the workplace. As we have learned, the answers are far from straightforward, but they are nevertheless emerging. During a 2021 ULI Virtual Spring Meeting session, real estate experts explored how employees’ preferences and performance are leading to a suite of workplaces—a “multiverse of work” in which homes, corporate offices, and various other locations will combine to enable a high-performing workforce.
- Facing the Challenges of Decarbonizing during a Cyclical Downturn
Published on April 26, 2021 in Economy, Market & Trends
The real estate industry is tackling the twin challenges of a cyclical downturn juxtaposed with the long-term consequences from the disruption caused by COVID-19, and the environmental, social, and governance agenda becoming increasingly important.
- London Business School Team Named Winner of 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition–Europe
Published on April 26, 2021 in Planning & Design
Four students from the London Business School have been announced as winners of the second ULI Hines Student Competition–Europe. The pan-European virtual real estate competition challenged teams to present their vision of a future workplace, based on the redevelopment of an office site in Amsterdam.
- Confronting the Acute Shortage of Attainable U.S. Homes
Published on March 22, 2021 in Economy, Market & Trends
COVID-19 has exacerbated a crisis of middle-income households being unable to find attainable homes, with frontline workers faring particularly badly, according to a comprehensive data-informed study from the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing.
- Applications Open for 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition–Europe
Published on November 30, 2020 in Planning & Design
ULI and Hines, the international real estate firm, have announced the opening of the 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition–Europe, a team challenge for university and business school students from across the region that tests their skills in applying their knowledge of all aspects of real estate and land use in a practical case study. Said Lisette van Doorn, chief executive of ULI Europe, “Creating and sustaining thriving communities is at the heart of ULI’s mission, and to successfully achieve this it is especially important that we attract and retain the best and most diverse talent to our industry to support us in what we do."
- ULI Launches Curtis Infrastructure Initiative, Promoting Solutions in Cities Worldwide
Published on November 10, 2020 in Infrastructure
ULI has announced the launch of the Curtis Infrastructure Initiative, a multiyear initiative to identify and promote infrastructure solutions to create equitable, resilient cities and enhance long-term community value. The initiative aims to provide research and practical tools to help ULI members advance infrastructure investment and identify new solutions to local infrastructure issues, as well as directly support member engagement at the local level through the Institute’s 52 district councils.
- PwC/ULI: Europe’s Real Estate Industry Faces “Challenging Time” but Maintains Long-Term Appeal Due to Low Interest Rates
Published on November 09, 2020 in Capital Markets
Europe’s property sector is in the midst of a cyclical downturn that is coinciding with long-term structural changes in real estate, according to the 18th edition of the Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe report. However, according to the PwC and ULI survey of almost 1,000 industry leaders across Europe, real estate generally is seen as one of the few asset classes to generate acceptable returns at a time of low or negative interest rates.
- Three Exemplary Real Estate Projects Announced as Winners of 2020 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence
Published on November 02, 2020 in Planning & Design
The inaugural ULI Europe Awards for Excellence, which recognize outstanding urban development projects in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, honor two projects in the Netherlands and one in South Africa. The jury formally recognized five additional projects with special mentions.
- ULI/EY Survey Anticipates Changing Work Patterns, Resulting in Lower Office Demand and Flight to Quality in Many Cities
Published on November 02, 2020 in Capital Markets
In a new survey conducted by ULI and EY, real estate professionals said that they overwhelmingly expect increased remote working, including more working from home (96 percent), more remote working away from the home (72 percent), and more use of satellite offices at the edge of cities (67 percent).
- Beyond Amenity Status: How Demanding Sustainability and Health in Multifamily Buildings Is a Winning Strategy for All
Published on October 15, 2020 in Fall Meeting
Multifamily housing experts have seen financial and energy savings, plus improved resident retention, from their efforts in sustainability, health, and reduced energy use.
- Marnix Galle, Executive Chairman of Immobel, Appointed ULI Europe Chairman
Published on July 20, 2020 in Inside ULI
Marnix Galle, executive chairman of Belgian developer Immobel, has been appointed ULI Europe Chairman, serving on a voluntary basis for a two-year term starting on July 1, 2020, and will join the ULI Global Board of Directors. He succeeds outgoing Europe Chairman Juergen Fenk, member of the executive board, SIGNA Holding GmbH.
- Inaugural Winners Announced for ULI Hines Student Competition–Europe
Published on July 09, 2020 in Inside ULI
A team from Politecnico di Milano has been revealed as the inaugural winners of a pan-European virtual real estate competition for university students and will receive a one-year ULI membership and fast track to Hines’s internship program.
- ULI Report Forecasts COVID-19 to Accelerate the Restructuring of Europe’s Retail Property Sector
Published on June 09, 2020 in Capital Markets
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.
- EY/ULI Report Highlights Long-Term Attractiveness of Global Business Districts for the Future
Published on May 21, 2020 in Development
An international study assesses and compares 21 leading global business districts, confirming that business districts in western Europe and North America continue to lead the way amid fierce competition from Asian business districts, but all will need to adapt for the future in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Business districts in Tokyo, Seoul, Singapore, and Beijing all ranked in the top 10 in this year's study.
- Ten Finalists Announced for 2020 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence
Published on April 27, 2020 in Planning & Design
ULI has announced 10 finalists in the inaugural 2020 ULI Europe Awards for Excellence, a regional extension of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence dating back to 1979, for projects that exemplify best land use practices from across the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region.
- Reshaping Europe’s Retail in an Age of E-Commerce
Published on March 25, 2020 in Capital Markets
A timely report by ULI Europe sets out the potential triggers for the required restructuring of Europe’s retail real estate sector.
- ULI Europe Names Two 2020 Leadership Awards Winners
Published on February 10, 2020 in Inside ULI
Renowned real estate entrepreneur Wolfgang Egger, who founded PATRIZIA AG over 35 years ago, has won the 2020 ULI European Leader Award. Rising star Hala El Akl, a director at PLP Architecture, was named the ULI European Talent Award winner in the ULI European Leadership Awards. The awards recognize industry leaders in Europe whose contributions to urban development and real estate, along with civic and social endeavors, exemplify the spirit and mission of ULI.
- ULI and Hines Announce New Competition for European Real Estate Students
Published on February 06, 2020 in ULI Europe
ULI and Hines have announced a new competition for graduate real estate students across Europe, expanding on its successful 18-year competition partnership in the Americas. The new ULI Hines Student Competition – Europe will see teams of four students from pan-European universities working on a case study that tests their understanding of real estate finance, investment, and development, as well as social and environmental issues, to present a solution for a timely land use challenge.
- Later Living: An Emerging Real Estate Sector in the U.K.
Published on February 03, 2020 in
One in four people in the United Kingdom will be over age 65 by 2037, and it is estimated that there will be a shortfall of almost 70,000 homes with care in the next decade. A new ULI publication offers guidance for investors, developers, and architects on how best to design, build, and operate housing with care services.
- ULI Report Highlights Well-Being as a Significant Investment Consideration for the U.K. Property Industry
Published on July 29, 2019 in Inside ULI
The wave of interest in well-being in the United Kingdom is expected to translate into significant investment over the next three years, according to ULI research released in the report Picture of Health: The Growing Role of Wellbeing in Commercial Real Estate Investment Decision-making. The report was released this month at an event in Birmingham, England, by the ULI U.K. Sustainability Forum to highlight the rise of well-being investment in commercial buildings.
- Unlocking the Regeneration Potential of Amsterdam’s Haven-Stad
Published on July 08, 2019 in Inside ULI
A new ULI report says that setting up a publicly/privately owned development company will be crucial to unlocking the regeneration of Haven-Stad, which sits close to the city center of Amsterdam and is set to become one of Europe’s largest inner-city mixed-use residential districts. The city hopes to achieve a new mixed-use, dense, and sustainable urban district with 70,000 homes and 58,000 jobs across 12 sub-areas. On completion, Haven-Stad will be comparable to other medium-sized cities in the Netherlands.
- Four Recommendations to Spark New Growth in Warsaw
Published on May 28, 2019 in Planning & Design
A new ULI report argues for bold planning and effective reforms to bring Warsaw to life. Based on a series of workshops that brought together the city of Warsaw and real estate investors, the Grow with Warsaw report concludes that better cooperation between stakeholders will provide a strong foundation for growth in the city and sets out a series of recommendations based on a city competitiveness framework.
- Five Recommendations for Joint Development between Volkswagen AG and Wolfsburg, Germany
Published on March 25, 2019 in Inside ULI
In September 2018, a ULI Advisory Services panel drew up strategic recommendations for joint urban development between the city of Wolfsburg and Volkswagen AG. The panel has analyzed the current situation in numerous visits, interviews, and workshops with stakeholders and developed strategy recommendations from this. This report presents the results under the heading “Better Together” and contains five core theses.
- Investors Looking for Healthy Occupier Markets and New Asset Classes in Europe
Published on November 12, 2018 in Economy, Market & Trends
The hunt for secure long-term income is driving European real estate investment as the industry hedges against potential interest rate increases and an uncertain geopolitical backdrop, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2019. The annual report, published jointly by ULI and PwC, is based on the opinions of over 800 real estate professionals in Europe, including investors, developers, lenders, and advisers.