COVID-19: Industry Insights

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

In the closing session of the 2021 Virtual Europe Conference, a panel considered the impact the COVID-19 pandemic would have on cities in both the short term and the longer term.

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  • 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.

  • Creative City Policies Could Help Retail Survive COVID-19, San Francisco Experts Say

    October 13, 2020

    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?”

  • Confronting COVID-19: Addressing Housing Affordability and Homelessness in Southern California

    October 12, 2020

    A recent ULI Los Angeles virtual event titled “Housing Now: Shelter, Zoning, and Beyond,” brought together land use experts from the private and public sectors to discuss the housing affordability issue in Southern California, which parallels that in many large cities in the United States.

  • 2020: A Tutorial in Resilience

    The events of 2020 so far have been turning us all into masters of resilience. The Fall issue of Urban Land is available for members to access on Knowledge Finder.

  • Urban Land Reader Poll: Coping with COVID-19

    October 5, 2020

    While the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing recession have spurred ULI members to act quickly to adjust their business practices, a significant number of respondents to an Urban Land reader poll say they expect the real estate business to do better during this recession than during the Great Recession of 2007–2009. And a majority see opportunities for growth.

  • Lessons from Asia: Five Takeaways on the Return to the Urban Office

    September 24, 2020

    Office workers across the Asia Pacific region are returning to the office at varying paces, taking into consideration government directives and company policies. Though the permanent impact of remote working remains to be seen, landlords will need to innovate and adapt to a changed environment, said participants in ULI Asia Pacific’s latest FutuRE of Cities and Communities webinar.

  • Confronting COVID-19: Creative Placemaking in the Time of Protests and the Pandemic

    September 10, 2020

    The importance of creative placemaking—the process of intentionally integrating arts, culture, and community-engaged design into comprehensive community development—and the role that artists play in that process have been elevated by both the COVID-19 pandemic and social justice protests in the United States, as people seek places to socialize and connect with others outside their homes, according to participants in a recent ULI webinar.

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