Planning & Design

ULX: Smart Buildings

Ten buildings make use of intelligent technologies to enhance the tenant experience, save energy and other resources, and gather data to help with building operations.

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Tomorrow’s Transport: Pie in the Sky?

The talk about futuristic transportation has been exciting, but reality may be more expensive—and farther off—than imagined.

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Involve the Public in Data Collection for Better Results

Principles for making cities smart—for the people in them.

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Patrick L. Phillips: Sidewalk Lays Out a Path to the Future in Toronto

In the Waterfront Toronto RFP for Quayside, Alphabet’s Sidewalk Labs saw a key opportunity for a demonstration project unbound by the conventions of traditional urban planning or real estate economics. This was something new: a chance to innovate at the urban scale, to develop, deploy, and measure the success of a web of new technologies in an actual neighborhood.

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Recent Articles

  • The Smarter City

    November 8, 2019

    In Toronto, Sidewalk Labs has sketched out an ambitious vision for a high-tech urban environment designed with human needs rather than technology in mind. Whether it will come to fruition remains unclear.

  • ULX: Student Housing

    October 24, 2019

    Ten residences for college students shape social interaction in site-specific environments.

  • UL Interview: Architect Alejandro Aravena

    October 21, 2019

    The Chile-based global architect–and this year’s ULI J.C. Nichols lauraeate–has made extraordinary contributions to the design of affordable housing, public spaces, infrastructure, and transportation.

  • New Models for Active Adult Living

    October 14, 2019

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

  • What Does the Farmer Say about Agrihoods?

    October 7, 2019

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

  • Competition for Talented Employees Requires Design of Excellent Office Environments

    September 20, 2019

    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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