Author: Justin Arnold
Justin Arnold is a former senior manager of communications at ULI.
Articles by Justin Arnold
- Electrification Is Key to Decarbonizing Building Sector, Says ULI Report
Published on June 08, 2021 in Sustainability
A new ULI report finds that now is the time for the real estate industry to make the business case for electrifying more commercial assets and how that can contribute to much-needed climate change mitigation.
- Six Real Estate Firms Align with ULI Greenprint Net Zero Carbon Operations Goal
Published on May 13, 2021 in Sustainability
The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance revealed in May that six new real estate leaders, representing more than 1,700 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 in addition to 11 ULI Greenprint members that already publicly aligned with this goal last fall.
- DEI Programs Are a Series of Marathons, Not a Singular Sprint, Say ULI Panelists
Published on May 11, 2021 in Spring Meeting
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives are not a one-time program that companies must create to check a box, but should be an ongoing commitment that spans years. That is what participants heard during the 2021 ULI Virtual Spring Meeting session, “The Corporate Journey toward Enhanced Diversity and Inclusion.”
- Pandemic Creates New Opportunities for Public Space
Published on May 10, 2021 in Trends
Developers share how different cities deployed creative ideas to help maintain urban vitality and business opportunities despite restrictions on public gatherings. Their successful techniques may outlast the pandemic.
- Highlighting the Business Case for Aligning Real Estate with U.N. Sustainable Development Goals
Published on May 03, 2021 in Sustainability
A new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows how real estate organizations can align their operations with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the benefits of doing so.
- Student Team from Toronto-Area Universities Wins 2021 Hines Competition
Published on April 12, 2021 in Planning & Design
A team composed of students from three Toronto-area universities—Ryerson University, York University, and the University of Toronto—has taken top honors in the 2021 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.
- Bolstering Economic Recovery in the Washington, D.C., Central Business District
Published on April 12, 2021 in Economy, Market & Trends
Washington, D.C., can advance the recovery of the business, tourist, and neighborhood activity in its central business district (CBD) through multiple community-led initiatives, according to a new ULI report, based on the first ULI Virtual Advisory Services panel (vASP).
- Northern Italy Positioned to Rebound from Pandemic, Says Milan’s Deputy Mayor
Published on February 16, 2021 in
Northern Italy, one of the hardest-hit areas during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, is poised to come out of the pandemic far stronger, with a greater emphasis on green space and social cohesion, said Pierfrancesco Maran, deputy mayor for urban planning, green areas, and agriculture of the municipality of Milan, speaking at the 2021 ULI Virtual Europe Conference.
- The 2020 ULI Annual Report: Successfully Navigating a Rapidly Changing World
Published on January 25, 2021 in Inside ULI
This report shows how ULI—through our members—is continuing to make a positive, lasting difference in communities around the world.
- Kansas City, Missouri, Chosen as 2021 ULI Hines Student Competition Study Site
Published on January 12, 2021 in Economy, Market & Trends
The East Village neighborhood in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, has been selected as the study site for the Institute’s 19th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.
- Urging Toronto to Retrofit Aging Housing to Preserve Affordability
Published on January 04, 2021 in Sustainability
The city of Toronto should take action now to develop a long-term housing strategy to retrofit more than 800 private rental towers to create sustainable buildings, according to a report released by ULI Advisory Services.
- Setting a Net-Zero Carbon Goal for 2050
Published on December 18, 2020 in Sustainability
In October, the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance announced an additional goal to reduce the operational carbon emissions of its members’ collective buildings to net zero by the year 2050. Eleven ULI Greenprint members have already publicly committed to this target on top of the 50 percent carbon reduction goal by 2030 that all ULI Greenprint members have already pledged.
- Two New ULI Reports Highlight the Need for the Real Estate Industry to Promote Health and Social Equity
Published on November 10, 2020 in Sustainability
Two new reports released by ULI highlight the state of the real estate industry’s adoption of health and social equity practices and the need for the industry to better promote those already in existence. The protests for racial justice that spread throughout the United States and beyond during the summer, along with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, have elevated health and social equity as focus areas for real estate practitioners.
- Office Real Estate Likely to Begin Rebound in 18–24 Months, Say U.S., European Experts
Published on October 15, 2020 in Fall Meeting
Despite the office sector’s current bleak outlook, the longer-term outlook is much rosier, speakers said at the ULI Virtual Fall Meeting.
- Focus on People to Ameliorate Longstanding Health and Social Effects of Redlining and Other Racist Policies, Panelists Advise
Published on October 14, 2020 in Fall Meeting
Government policies of racial segregation and redlining have had generations-long effects on the health and well-being of urban inhabitants, attendees heard at the ULI Virtual Fall Meeting panel titled “Deconstructing Segregation: Understanding Local History as a Basis for Equitable Development.” Action will be required if we wish to change those outcomes now.
- Creative City Policies Could Help Retail Survive COVID-19, San Francisco Experts Say
Published on October 13, 2020 in Fall Meeting
The COVID-19 lockdown imposed by San Francisco in late February devastated the city’s small, independent businesses, and especially its restaurant scene. But creative city policies could help nimble retailers survive, panelists said at the ULI Virtual Fall Meeting session titled “Vibrant Retail Streets in the Age of E-tail and COVID-19: Is It Time for ‘Retail First’ City Policies?”
- UL Interview: Marnix Galle, Chairman of ULI Europe
Published on October 12, 2020 in Inside ULI
At a defining moment, the executive chairman of Belgian developer Immobel addresses how COVID-19 may change society and real estate.
- ULI Releases Two Reports Recommending Expanding and Enhancing Park Space
Published on September 17, 2020 in Inside ULI
Two new ULI reports provide possibilities for expanding and enhancing parks through collaborative partnerships and the transformation of spaces for cars into places for people. The COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of community outdoor spaces. Parks, trails, streets closed to automobiles, and public plazas have been some of the only places that have allowed people to maintain physical distance while still being able to exercise, relax, play, gather in small groups, or make short trips safely—crucial activities for lowering stress levels, reducing symptoms of depression, and maintaining physical health.
- Christina Contreras Selected as ULI/Martin Bucksbaum Senior Visiting Fellow
Published on September 16, 2020 in Inside ULI
Christina Contreras, principal and founder of Living Ecology Studio in Denver, has been selected as the ULI/Martin Bucksbaum Senior Visiting Fellow. During her one-year fellowship, Contreras will explore how privately owned and managed “third places” can better contribute to individual and community health and well-being, and will develop a “pattern book” for designers and developers to create welcoming and thriving privately owned “third places.”
- Sparking Development with Arts and Culture: Highlighting the Benefits and Best Practices of Creative Placemaking
Published on September 04, 2020 in Economy, Market & Trends
The benefits of creative placemaking, along with best practices and successful case studies in cities throughout the United States, are explored in the ULI report, Creative Placemaking: Sparking Development with Arts and Culture. The report presents the business case and process for successful creative placemaking, defined in the report as a process that integrates arts and culture with good design.
- ULI to Advise Dallas on Addressing Land Use and Development Challenges Related to Climate Resilience
Published on August 17, 2020 in Development
A group of nationally recognized land use, resilience, and urban planning experts representing ULI will be making recommendations to the city of Dallas, Texas, on how to promote greater social cohesion near the Walnut Hill and Denton Drive Dallas Area Rapid Transit station while promoting climate resilience and environmental justice.
- ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance Adds Three New Advisory Board Members
Published on August 13, 2020 in Inside ULI
The ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance has announced the addition of three new members to its executive board from industry-leading organizations such as JBG Smith, ZOM, HR&A.
- ULI Presents Plan to Kansas City to Bring Equity to the City’s Park System
Published on July 27, 2020 in Inside ULI
Kansas City, Missouri, can help tackle the city’s racial division by establishing a more equitable process for parks and recreation investment, according to a report released by ULI. The report advises the city to listen to the broad-based needs of the community and establish a new parks conservancy to raise funds, advocate for improvements, and deliver programs that activate the public realm.
- ULI to Rename J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
Published on July 13, 2020 in Inside ULI
ULI is renaming its annual $100,000 J.C. Nichols Prize as the ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The change represents part of the Institute's ongoing effort to address and assist in remedying the legacy of social and economic harm caused by some real estate practices.
- Midway CEO Jonathan H. Brinsden Appointed ULI Americas Chairman
Published on July 13, 2020 in Inside ULI
Jonathan H. Brinsden, chief executive officer of Houston-based real estate investment and development firm Midway, has been appointed ULI Americas Chairman. Brinsden, who succeeds Jack Chandler, founder of Majesteka Investment Holdings, will serve on a voluntary basis for a two-year term and will join the ULI Global Board of Directors.
- ULI Welcomes New Members of the Global Board of Directors and Governing Trustees
Published on July 06, 2020 in Inside ULI
Four internationally renowned real estate industry leaders have joined ULI’s Global Board of Directors, and 38 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 on July 1.
- Family-Oriented Rental Housing: Filling an Urgent Need and an Untapped Opportunity
Published on June 22, 2020 in Economy, Market & Trends
The family-oriented U.S. rental housing stock has failed to focus on older millennials with families who require larger units, according to a new ULI report.
- Eight Open Spaces Chosen as Finalists for the 2020 ULI Urban Open Space Award
Published on May 21, 2020 in Sustainability
ULI will announce the winner(s) by October, and the jury will allocate a prize purse of $10,000 to one or more winning project teams.
- Ten Principles for Decarbonization: How Cities and the Real Estate Industry Can Partner to Fight Climate Change
Published on April 23, 2020 in Sustainability
City policy leaders and the real estate industry must work together when creating climate mitigation policies to maximize their effectiveness, according to a ULI report.
- ULI Earns 2020 Energy Star Award for Excellence
Published on April 20, 2020 in Sustainability
ULI has received the 2020 Excellence in Energy Star Promotion Award for its efforts in promoting energy-efficient and sustainable buildings, and its thought leadership on energy conservation throughout the real estate sector.
- Team Representing Columbia University and Pratt Institute Wins 2020 ULI Hines Student Competition with Plan to Redevelop Miami Site
Published on April 13, 2020 in Planning & Design
A redevelopment plan for a Miami site presented by a team comprising students from Columbia University and Pratt Institute has taken top honors in the 2020 ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.
- ULI Releases New Edition of Shared Parking
Published on March 09, 2020 in Inside ULI
The newest edition of Shared Parking is now available for purchase. A crucial resource for estimating, planning, and implementing parking across the most diversified use cases for mixed-use development, this book is co-published by ULI, the National Parking Association, and the International Council of Shopping Centers.
- Four Teams Advance to Final Round in ULI Hines Student Competition
Published on February 19, 2020 in Planning & Design
Four teams have been selected as the finalists for the 18th annual ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, which challenges graduate students to devise a comprehensive design and development plan for a site in an urban area.
- Midtown Miami Chosen as Site for 2020 ULI Hines Student Competition
Published on January 13, 2020 in Planning & Design
An area in Midtown Miami, split between the Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods, will be the study site for the 18th annual ULI Hines Student Competition.
- Meeting Housing Needs, Building for Social Equity Are Key Factors for Successful Cities: Says 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Laureate Alejandro Aravena
Published on September 20, 2019 in Inside ULI
While cities attract people who want better opportunities, rapid urbanization could create political and national security crises unless adequate housing is provided in ways and in areas that foster social equity, said Alejandro Aravena, winner of the 2019 J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. Aravena, partner and founder of ELEMENTAL, an architecture firm in Santiago, Chile, was a featured speaker at the Fall Meeting.
- New York City Housing Development Corporation and Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority Selected as Winners of ULI Housing Policy Leadership Award
Published on September 19, 2019 in Inside ULI
The New York City Housing Authority and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority have been selected by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing as the joint winners of the 2019 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award, which is an annual recognition of the innovative ways that the public sector is addressing the country’s affordable housing crisis. The winners, selected by a jury of nationally renowned housing industry leaders, were announced today during ULI’s 2019 Fall Meeting in Washington, D.C. Terwilliger Center Founder and former ULI Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger served as the jury chairman.
- Three Housing Developments Named Winners of the 2019 ULI Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award
Published on September 19, 2019 in Inside ULI
Plaza Roberto Maestas in Seattle; the Lindley in Bethesda, Maryland; and the Watson in Quincy, Massachusetts, have been selected as the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing's 2019 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Award. The annual award recognizes best practices in the development of housing that is affordable to people with a broad range of incomes. Developments eligible for the award are those in which all or a portion of the units are affordable to households earning up to 120 percent of the median income in the areas in which the projects are located.
- Eleven Developments Selected as Winners of the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence
Published on September 05, 2019 in Planning & Design
The winners, each of which demonstrates a comprehensive level of quality and a forward-looking approach to development and design, include seven projects in the United States, three in Asia, and one in Europe.
- ULI Report Reflects Decade of Progress in Improved Environmental Performance in the Built Environment
Published on August 28, 2019 in Sustainability
A new report from the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that the real estate industry has made significant progress over the past 10 years in reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption while increasing asset value. Volume 10 of the Greenprint Performance Report™, which measures and tracks the performance of 8,916 properties owned by Greenprint’s members, demonstrates a 10-year improvement of 17 percent in energy use intensity, which is the annual energy consumption divided by gross floor area. The report also finds that Greenprint members are still on track to reduce carbon emissions by 50 percent by 2030.
- Best Bets for Real Estate Investment and Development in 2020 to Be Highlighted at ULI’s Fall Meeting
Published on August 26, 2019 in Inside ULI
The best bets for real estate investment and development—including markets and industry sectors—for next year will be highlighted at the 2019 ULI Fall Meeting, set for September 18–21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. These predictions and other observations on industry trends are included in the 2020 Americas edition of Emerging Trends in Real Estate®, the highly anticipated real estate forecast copublished each year by ULI and PwC.
- ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance Announces New Member CenterPoint Properties
Published on August 26, 2019 in Sustainability
CenterPoint Properties, a leading innovator in the investment, development, and management of industrial real estate and multimodal transportation infrastructure, has joined the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint). Greenprint is a worldwide alliance of the foremost real estate owners, investors, and financial institutions committed to improving the environmental performance of the global real estate industry, with a particular emphasis on reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions.
- ULI Receives $200,000 Grant from the Energy Foundation
Published on July 31, 2019 in Sustainability
The Energy Foundation has awarded ULI, via the ULI Foundation, a $200,000 grant to promote activities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as part of a partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Natural Resources Defense Council. With this grant, the Institute will facilitate the engagement of its district councils, which serve members at the local level, in activities related to the American Cities Climate Challenge.
- Adjusted ENERGY STAR Calculations Likely to Increase Colder-Climate Office Building Scores
Published on July 19, 2019 in Sustainability
New ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager building performance calculation adjustments, which will take effect on July 22, will cause a slight increase in cold-weather buildings’ ENERGY STAR scores, reflecting feedback from the real estate industry on an unanticipated large drop in ENERGY STAR ratings over the past year.
- ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance Announces Three New Members
Published on May 21, 2019 in Inside ULI
The ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors, and financial institutions committed to reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry, has announced the addition of three new members: nationally recognized real estate companies SL Green, Lendlease Americas, and Zurich Alternative Asset Management.
- Finalists Named for 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence
Published on May 15, 2019 in Planning & Design
Nineteen extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence competition, which is widely recognized as one of the real estate industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include 14 in North America, four in Asia, and one in Europe.
- Cities Must Know Their Assets—and Have Vision—to Succeed, Say ULI Senior Fellows
Published on April 17, 2019 in Economy, Market & Trends
Civic leaders, including public officials and private developers, must be proactive and prepared to take risks if they want to develop their cities for the new economy, ULI Senior Fellow Tom Murphy said at the ULI Spring Meeting in Nashville. Cities are facing unprecedented changes in a variety of arenas, including cultural, technological, economic, and demographic. At a session titled “Smart Choices in a Changing World,” ULI’s senior fellows debated ways that cities can thrive in a new economy while creating a sustainable workforce for future needs.
- Women in Real Estate Should Not Temper Their Assertiveness, Says Executive Karen Hutton
Published on April 16, 2019 in Inside ULI
Development of women leaders in the real estate business was the theme at the Women's Leadership Initiative and Larson Leadership Initiative Luncheon during the 2019 ULI Spring Meeting in Nashville. Bethany Logan Ropa, managing director at UBS Investment Bank, interviewed Karen Hutton, president and CEO of Hutton, a diversified real estate development and construction firm based in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- UL Interview: Theaster Gates on Building Communities by Breaking Rules
Published on March 25, 2019 in Inside ULI
Internationally acclaimed artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, whose rise to prominence began with his use of art and culture to revive underserved neighborhoods in his hometown of Chicago, was named the 2018 recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development at the Institute’s 2018 Fall Meeting in Boston. Gates spoke with Urban Land about his work, his career, and the guiding principles that motivate him.
- Reimagining Erie, Pennsylvania, by Embracing Change and Capitalizing on Competitive Advantages
Published on February 11, 2019 in Inside ULI
Erie, Pennsylvania, is on the cusp of change and can be reimagined if the city embraces the land use, economic, and technological changes that are affecting growth there and in other cities in the Rust Belt, a new ULI report says. ULI’s recommendations follow a visit to Erie last year by a group of land use and urban development experts convened to advise the Erie Downtown Development Council on how best to revitalize the downtown core.
- ULI’s Efforts to Promote Building for Health and Wellness Garner New Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Published on January 24, 2019 in Inside ULI
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded the ULI Foundation a $2 million grant to support efforts to advance healthy real estate and community development practices. An additional grant of $50,000 also was awarded to support activities that further collaboration between ULI and its partners on health.
- ULI Releases Two New Reports on Best Practices for Integrating Health and Housing
Published on December 05, 2018 in Inside ULI
ULI has released two new reports related to building for health and wellness—one offering lessons for development of healthy affordable housing for the broader marketplace, and the other for development of agrihoods, single-family, multifamily, or mixed-use communities built with a working farm or community garden as a focus. Together, the reports illustrate opportunities for developers to create financially successful projects that improve resident and community health and promote social equity and sustainability.
- Five Projects Helping Make the Case for More Urban Open Space
Published on October 24, 2018 in Planning & Design
The Case for Open Space, a new report from the ULI Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance, makes the business case for real estate investments in parks and open spaces. Case studies highlighted in the report were drawn from 30 open-space projects across the United States supported by the private sector, with five compelling projects that incorporate open space.
- ULI’s Greenprint Report Shows Progress in Real Estate Industry in Reducing Emissions, Water Waste
Published on October 18, 2018 in Sustainability
A new report from ULI’s Greenprint Center for Building Performance shows that the commercial real estate industry is making significant progress in reducing energy consumption, carbon emissions, water use, and waste disposal. Volume 9 of the Greenprint Performance Report™, which tracks, benchmarks, and analyzes the performance of nearly 8,000 properties globally owned by Greenprint’s members, demonstrates a 3.3 percent reduction in energy consumption, a 3.4 percent reduction in carbon emissions, and a 2.9 percent reduction in water use between 2016 and 2017.
- How ULI’s UrbanPlan Educational Outreach Program Works in the Community
Published on October 10, 2018 in Inside ULI
While the scenario is fictitious, cities all over the world deal with these sorts of problems on a daily basis. Such scenarios form the basis of UrbanPlan, a high-priority ULI initiative that seeks to broaden the discourse and encourage creative thinking among high school and university students and public officials in tackling some of the most intransigent problems facing urban planners. The fundamentals of UrbanPlan, one of the programs ULI offers members as a volunteer opportunity, were presented to members during a Fall Meeting session.
- Artist, Planner Theaster Gates Is 2018 Recipient of ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development
Published on October 10, 2018 in Inside ULI
Internationally acclaimed artist and urban planner Theaster Gates was awarded the prize during the opening general session of the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting.
- Parks in Houston and Madrid Selected as Winners of ULI Urban Open Space Award
Published on October 09, 2018 in Planning & Design
Two urban parks—Levy Park in Houston and Madrid Río Park in Madrid, Spain—have been selected as winners of the ULI Urban Open Space Award. The award recognizes outstanding examples of successful large- and small-scale public spaces that have socially enriched and revitalized the economy of their surrounding communities. Ricardo Lara Park in Los Angeles was also honored with a Special Community Impact recognition.
- New Energy Star Metrics Likely to Lower Buildings’ Scores
Published on August 20, 2018 in Sustainability
New Energy Star building performance metrics being applied on August 27 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could lower the score of almost every building participating in the program, which encompasses over half of commercial real estate building floor space in the United States. This will cause some to fall below the 75-point level needed to achieve certification through the program.