Planning & Design

Redefining Smart Buildings

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

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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.

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Four Recommendations to Spark New Growth in Warsaw

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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A New Vision for Empty Parking Fields

As vehicle use and shopping habits change rapidly, densified parking areas can free up space for new uses that benefit the community.

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Recent Articles

  • Planning for a More Sustainable Flood Protection Plan in Hanoi

    May 21, 2019

    A CallisonRTKL planning and urban design team, working with consultancy Arcadis, developed a new strategic urban waterfront assessment of the Red River in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Due to a water level drop controlled by the newly built reservoirs upstream, land can be reclaimed on both banks of the river and transformed into an urban development land bank, presenting an opportunity to reshape the city for the future.

  • Housing Grows Taller with Light-Steel Construction

    May 20, 2019

    A light-gauge steel structural system allows an apartment building to rise 12 stories above five parking levels in Atlanta.

  • Finalists Named for 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence

    May 15, 2019

    Nineteen extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for the 2019 ULI Global Awards for Excellence competition, which is widely recognized as one of the real estate industry’s most prestigious award programs. This year’s finalists include 14 in North America, four in Asia, and one in Europe.

  • ULX: Urban Open Spaces

    May 2, 2019

    The following 10 projects—all completed in the past five years—not only revitalized deteriorating public parks but also transformed sites such as a former theme-park parking lot, a derelict sugar factory, and an abandoned rail line.

  • Innovative and Sustainable Museum Design Achieved with Precast Concrete

    May 1, 2019

    Sponsored Content: This article was produced by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. Designers of the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science in Miami wanted to create a structure that would surprise and delight patrons. The solution: a three-dimensional facade and a massive, dome-shaped planetarium. Learn how they used precast concrete to create one of the world’s most innovative, sustainable science museums.

  • MIT, Harvard Teams Win 2019 ULI Hines Student Competition in Cincinnati

    April 8, 2019

    A redevelopment plan for a Cincinnati site presented by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University has taken top honors in the 2019 ULI Hines Student Competition, an ideas competition that provides graduate students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for a large-scale site in an urban area.

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