Planning & Design


Solar Array Yields Environmental—and Economic—Rewards

An office building in Palo Alto, California, benefits its city utility, university landowner, tenants, and the developer.

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Future-Proofing Cities over the Next Decade for Driverless Cars

Panelists at the ULI Washington Real Estate Trends conference agreed that driverless cars will have an even greater disruptive impact on society than elevators did more than a century ago, as soon as public fear gives way to acceptance.

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ULX: 10 Libraries as Community Hubs

The following ten projects—all completed during the past five years—include facilities that strengthen pedestrian links to waterfronts, renovated buildings that open up interiors to views and daylight, and a converted JCPenney department store.

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Franz-Josef Höing, councilor for city development, planning, and building in Cologne, speaking at the ULI Germany's 2017 Urban Leader Summit in Frankfurt

How the City of Cologne Is Reinventing Itself for the 21st Century

Cologne, the fourth-largest city in Germany, is facing a population challenge. In recent years, the “little big city on the Rhine” has grown faster than projected, with a current population exceeding 1 million. But municipal leaders are embracing the challenge and working with residents to redesign and redevelop Cologne in a sustainable way to accommodate urban growth and preserve the city’s social diversity.

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Recent Articles

  • How Autonomous Vehicles Will Redesign Our Cities: The Future of Transportation Goes beyond Roads

    May 19, 2017

    The wave of autonomous vehicles is finally rising just as city living is more popular than ever. But the impact of autonomous vehicles will be felt far beyond what happens on the streets.

  • CEO Perspective: ULI at Its Best—Advisory Services

    May 15, 2017

    Of all of the Institute’s many offerings, perhaps the one that best delivers an ideal combination of member value and mission advancement is our Advisory Services program.

  • Augmented Reality, Piezoelectric Power Could Enhance Built Environment

    May 12, 2017

    Emerging technologies will bring major changes to the real estate industry, prompting questions that people will be pondering over the coming months and years. “We’ve got to restart our thinking about what we do,” said Paul Doherty, chief executive officer and president of Memphis-based the Digit Group, a leading provider of “smart city” solutions.

  • Millennials Desires Changing Design of Modern MPCs

    May 10, 2017

    Developers of master-planned communities (MPCs) must prepare for the next generation of buyers who will be more sophisticated and more discerning because they will come from urban environments, attendees were told at the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting.

  • Four Lessons Learned from Successful Urban Park Launches

    May 8, 2017

    For a city with 10.2 million trees, Toronto has a surprising lack of green space in its core. Toronto Mayor John Tory wants to change that with a 21-acre (8.5 ha) signature park. ULI Toronto convened a panel of urban-park and public-realm experts from the United States and Europe to discuss successes and challenges related to legacy parks in their own cities and the achievements the city could build on while incorporating a number of best practices into its approach.

  • 10 Best Practices for Creative Placemaking

    April 26, 2017

    Creative placemaking, an innovation that involves bringing art and culture in tandem with design to the beginning of a real estate development project, is gaining momentum around the globe, from small rural communities to large urban areas.

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