COVID-19: Industry Insights

Facing the Challenges of Decarbonizing during a Cyclical Downturn

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.

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  • ULI Capital Markets Forum: What a Difference a Year Makes

    April 5, 2021

    As part of the 2021 ULI Virtual Europe Conference in February, high-level ULI members from across the global finance and investment sector gathered virtually to discuss capital flows, real estate market dynamics, and debt and equity markets. Among the trends discussed were an acceleration of deglobalization, shifting from “just in time” to “just in case” deliveries, and more interest in the hyperlocal, also characterized as “love thy neighborhood.”

  • Drones for Development

    The pandemic has accelerated the use of contactless drones for comprehensive applications in real estate development.

  • Helping Small and Large U.S. Landlords Survive a Downturn

    March 29, 2021

    As the new appointees at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development settle into their roles, they face challenges both old and new. Ethan Handelman, the new deputy assistant secretary of the agency’s Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, addressed the 2021 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in March.

  • Confronting the Acute Shortage of Attainable U.S. Homes

    March 22, 2021

    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.

  • Creating Models for a More Sustainable Future for Retail

    March 3, 2021

    A return to the “old normal” before the global coronavirus pandemic is neither possible nor desirable, a panel of retail leaders agreed at “Experience the Experience,” ULI Asia Pacific’s premier retail event of 2021.

  • Growth and Resilience: Planning for the Recovery of Europe’s Great Cities

    February 26, 2021

    ULI MEMBER–ONLY CONTENT: In the closing session of the 2021 ULI Virtual Europe Conference in February, a panel considered the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic would have on cities in both the short term and the longer term.

  • Confronting COVID-19: Opportunities for Upgrading Leased-Space Fitouts

    February 3, 2021

    As tenants prepare to return to their buildings on a more consistent basis, office reconfigurations and fitouts are top of mind. While updating spaces for less density and more social distancing, with more sensors and less recirculated air, owners and tenants have a prime opportunity to optimize their space for sustainability and energy performance, in addition to health and wellness, at the same time.

  • Confronting COVID-19: The Rising Imperative of Integrating Health and Social Equity into Development

    December 2, 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice have spurred the real estate community to more fully factor health and social equity into all aspects of urban planning, design, and development, according to participants in a webinar hosted in mid-November by ULI. The event focused on two new ULI publications, Health and Social Equity in Real Estate: State of the Market and Health and Social Equity in Real Estate: Examples from the Field.

  • Office Real Estate Likely to Begin Rebound in 18–24 Months, Say U.S., European Experts

    October 15, 2020

    Despite the office sector’s current bleak outlook, the longer-term outlook is much rosier, speakers said at the ULI Virtual Fall Meeting.

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