Author: Chris Harris
Chris Harris is ULI's vice president of global communications, based in London.
Articles by Chris Harris
- 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
ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: 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.