Planning & Design

ULX: Hotels in Historic Structures

Ten adaptive use projects turn vintage buildings into hospitality uses.

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A New Kind of Arena Is Developing: Esports

Online video game competitions are moving out of the basement—and taking hold as the new professional sport.

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Architect Alejandro Aravena Chosen for the 2019 ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development

The Chile-based global architect has made extraordinary contributions to the design of affordable housing, public spaces, infrastructure, and transportation.

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ULX: Tall and Taller in the Asia Pacific Region

Ten buildings ranging from 18 to 64 storeys model innovative ways to reach the sky.

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Recent Articles

  • Architect Jan Gehl’s Philosophy on Future-Proofing Old Cities

    July 2, 2019

    “There is great confusion about what the future will be,” legendary architect Jan Gehl said at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Forum in Copenhagen in June.

  • Three Strategies to Keep Placemaking Efforts Organic and Dynamic

    As pop-up outdoor dining and alleyway murals become more commonplace, three speakers at 2019 ULI Florida Summit advocated for a more crafted approach to placemaking by infusing projects with local art and entertainment. Led by Carol Coletta, senior fellow with the Kresge Foundation, the session on creative placemaking examined what has—and has not—worked.

  • Paving the Way for Taller Buildings across Europe’s Large Cities

    June 24, 2019

    At the 2019 ULI U.K. National Conference, attendees heard how two leading architects are responding to the market’s demands for taller buildings across Europe’s big cities while considering any desire to maintain a more traditional skyline.

  • Redefining Smart Buildings

    June 3, 2019

    A truly smart building goes far beyond sensors and data collection to improve occupiers’ quality of life.

  • InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland: A Former Quarry Adapted as a Luxury Hotel

    The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel in China’s Songjiang District, near Shanghai, appears modest when approached from ground level because only two storeys project above ground and green roofs help them blend into the surrounding greenery. But when guests step inside, they see the dramatic construction, attached to the rock like a hanging garden.

  • Four Recommendations to Spark New Growth in Warsaw

    May 28, 2019

    A new ULI report argues for bold planning and effective reforms to bring Warsaw to life. Based on a series of workshops that brought together the city of Warsaw and real estate investors, the Grow with Warsaw report concludes that better cooperation between stakeholders will provide a strong foundation for growth in the city and sets out a series of recommendations based on a city competitiveness framework.

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