Economy, Market & Trends

Making Cities Livable for the Increasing Population of Centenarians

The aging demographic profile of developed nations means the built environment may need to accommodate the needs of a growing cohort of people living beyond the expected life spans of the 20th century, according to panelists at the 2021 ULI Asia Pacific Summit.

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“De-Infrastructuring” in the Era of the 15-Minute City

A ULI member from Pittsburgh calls for the real estate industry to help broaden the discussion of infrastructure to include a range of enabling urban systems such as energy, water, food production, and material infrastructure—and this time design them for and with the people these systems serve.

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Global Cities Will Become More Resilient, Healthier, Harvard Economist Says

History shows that well-managed cities are resilient to the ravages of pandemics and will evolve to become even more resilient, economist Ed Glaeser told attendees at the 2021 ULI Asia Pacific Summit.

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Mall Redevelopment Can Achieve Sustainable, Equitable Diversity in American Suburbs

Many malls were created with White suburban shoppers in mind. Redeveloping these properties with attention to practical needs of diverse communities can help ameliorate the legacy of racial segregation.

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Recent Articles

  • In Brief: U.S. Construction Starts Slip in April as Housing Cools

    May 21, 2021

    Total U.S. construction starts fell 2 percent in April to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $853.5 billion, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. Single-family construction posted a sizable decline following months of strong activity, while nonresidential building and nonbuilding starts both gained.

  • WLI Session Examines Actionable Strategies to Build Reputation and Influence

    May 12, 2021

    In an engaging session, organizational psychologist Alison Fragale and Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) Americas chair Kelly Nagel probed the topics of networking, allyship, and frameworks for raising the visibility of underrepresented groups in work environments.

  • Three Rules to Break in Retail Mixed-Use Design

    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

    May 11, 2021

    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.

  • How Authenticity Drives Innovation

    Netflix CMO Bozoma Saint John stressed the importance of individualism and authenticity when discussing innovation in the corporate and social spheres.

  • DEI Programs Are a Series of Marathons, Not a Singular Sprint, Say ULI Panelists

    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.”

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