Author: Grace Dobush
Grace Dobush is a freelance journalist based in Germany. She has contributed to Wired, Quartz, The Economist, and the Washington Post.
Articles by Grace Dobush
- How the Sharing Economy, Artificial Intelligence, and 3-D Printing Are Altering the Built Environment
Published on February 20, 2018 in Market Trends
In a number of sessions at the ULI Europe Conference in Berlin, investment and development leaders shared their thoughts on the tech issues that they think hold the most promise to disrupt the industry—and the ones that keep them up at night.
- Despite Brexit and Central Bank Shifts, Global Economic Forecast Remains Largely Upbeat
Published on February 12, 2018 in Capital Markets
Whether the current economic cycle has peaked was a constant question at the 2018 ULI Europe Conference in Berlin. In the discussions at the event in late January, real estate and investment experts were feeling bullish on Asia, generally enthusiastic about continental Europe, while cautious about Brexit.
- Future-Proofing Retail by Creating Destinations, Embracing Smaller Stores
Published on February 12, 2018 in Market Trends
At the 2018 ULI Europe Conference in Berlin, a number of discussions on the future of the retail business looked at the changing shopping center ecosystems and what developers could be doing better.
- The Future of Growing Cities Requires Less Parking, More Shared Rides
Published on July 21, 2017 in Sustainability
Though longer commute times alone can be a sign of a city’s appeal, metropolitan areas have to fix their traffic problems in order to prepare for the future, said experts speaking at the recent ULI Netherlands Conference in Amsterdam.
- Creating Offices and Housing from Berlin’s Aging Airport
Published on July 12, 2017 in Development
For more than 20 million passengers annually, Tegel Airport is the gateway to Berlin. As a new international airport is being built, an ambitious project is intended to transform Tegel into an “urban tech republic.”
- Embracing the Future of Cities with Intentionality and Investment
Published on June 29, 2017 in Market Trends
Speaking at a recent ULI Belgium event, ULI senior resident fellow Tom Murphy said that intentionality made the Pittsburgh transformation possible after the decades-long collapse of the U.S. steel industry.
- World Economic Forum Sees the Future of Global Cities in Inclusivity, Mindfulness, and Sharing
Published on June 13, 2017 in Market Trends
The cities of the future embrace the principles of being inclusive, being mindful, and sharing, says Alice Charles, community lead for infrastructure and urban development at the World Economic Forum. She shared practical examples of these cities at ULI Belgium’s recent conference in Brussels.
- Preparing for Six “Life Stages”: How Cities Will Continue to Thrive
Published on May 25, 2017 in Market Trends
Demographic changes taking root today will affect society and the built environment for decades to come, according to Eike Wenzel, managing partner of the Institut für Trend- und Zukunftsforschung. He spoke about what cities can do to anticipate and adapt to these changes at the ULI Germany 2017 Urban Leader Summit in Frankfurt.
- How the City of Cologne Is Reinventing Itself for the 21st Century
Published on May 22, 2017 in Planning & Design
Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, is facing a population challenge. In recent years, the “little big city on the Rhine” has grown faster than projected, with a current population exceeding 1 million. But municipal leaders are embracing the challenge and working with residents to redesign and redevelop Cologne in a sustainable way to accommodate urban growth and preserve the city’s social diversity.
- Economic Forecasts for Germany Remain Strong Despite Global Uncertainty
Published on May 22, 2017 in Market Trends
Brexit and the recent U.S. and French elections came up in many conversations at ULI Germany’s recent Urban Leader Summit in Frankfurt. Although panelists said they are concerned about the geopolitical changes afoot, the domestic German economy remains strong.
- How Mass Migration Is Enhancing Europe’s Cities
Published on May 01, 2017 in Market Trends
Most migrants to Europe are clustering in cities, a new study finds, compounding the challenge of rising rents with encouraging integration of new residents and preserving a healthy socioeconomic environment. The new ULI report, Mass Migration and Real Estate in European Cities, was released at ULI Germany's Urban Leader Summit.