Planning & Design

UL Interview: Architect Alejandro Aravena

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

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New Models for Active Adult Living

Members of the 55-plus market are planning their next move—and they will do it on their terms.

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What Does the Farmer Say about Agrihoods?

Farm-centric master-planned communities are a hit with buyers, but it takes skill and planning to keep the agriculture in bloom.

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Competition for Talented Employees Requires Design of Excellent Office Environments

The business performance of the organizations that occupy the nation’s office towers is increasingly supported by building design that creates excellent employee experiences and work environments. Office buildings must evolve to meet the current demands of the new workplace, according to panelists discussing the future of work at the Fall Meeting.

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Recent Articles

  • Reinventing Urban Social Nodes

    September 20, 2019

    A ULI Fall Meeting session explored new ways of activating social nodes in urban spaces, using experiential design to allow cities’ social infrastructure to evolve. These new “nodes” include ever-evolving urban markets, multifunctional libraries, and even bank cafés.

  • Increasing Access to Biking and Walking Trails for All in Austin, Texas

    September 12, 2019

    A robust public/private partnership could further enable a bike trail and pedestrian boardwalk that bridges the lingering cultural divide between the east and west sides of Austin, Texas, a ULI Advisory Services panel said in August.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: 1800 Arch Street (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)

    September 5, 2019

    Located in the heart of Center City in Philadelphia, 1800 Arch Street is a $1.5 billion, 60-story mixed-use tower that is the largest private development project in the history of Pennsylvania. An expansive lobby serves as an indoor public plaza, welcoming visitors with art installations, restaurants, a coffee bar, and outdoor seating. The lobby also provides access to a new, underground concourse, lined with shops and art, connecting commuters and visitors to the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority’s Suburban Station.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Empire Stores (Brooklyn, New York)

    Empire Stores is in a formerly vacant 19th-century warehouse on New York City’s Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass (DUMBO) waterfront. The warehouse has been a landmark on the waterfront for more than a century and has become part of the urban fabric of the neighborhood.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Cornell Tech Campus • New York, New York

    Cornell Tech Campus represents a new model for higher education in the United States. Located on Roosevelt Island in New York City, the campus is designed around the idea that industry and academia should be intertwined instead of siloed. Along with academic buildings, the development includes corporate co-location, offices, a hotel, a residential tower, and conferencing and assembly areas, with space remaining to accommodate future requirements of the program.

  • ULI Global Awards for Excellence: Gathering Place (Tulsa, Oklahoma)

    Gathering Place is a new park covering 66.5 acres (26.9 ha) on Tulsa’s waterfront along the Arkansas River. It is the largest public park created with private money, funded by $400 million from the George Kaiser Family Foundation through a public/private partnership with the city of Tulsa. The park incorporates the natural landscape into its design, using the river as a central feature and incorporating the natural topography with human-made topographic elements.

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