Planning & Design

Video: Timelapse of National Building Museum’s “Hive” Installation

The National Building Museum’s latest Summer Block Party installation – “Hive” – in Washington, D.C., is now open to the public. Designed by Studio Gang, an American architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago and New York, Hive is built entirely of more than 2,700 wound paper tubes featuring a reflective silver exterior and a vivid magenta interior, and reaches a height of 60 feet.

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Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City.

Japan’s Kashiwa-No-Ha Smart City

Kashiwa City, with a land area of 115 square kilometers (44 sq mi) and a population of just over 400,000, is in Chiba Prefecture, northeast of Tokyo in Japan’s Kanto region. Though it is home to companies in food processing and other industries, as well as a professional soccer team, it is now best known as the home of Kashiwa-no-ha Smart City.

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Data+Design: Inside Boston Consulting Group’s Move to Hudson Yards

In today’s 24/7 world, people should ask, “Why does an organization need a workplace?” Anyone can work anytime, anywhere—and millions do. Yet for most, the workplace remains the soul of an organization: neither mission nor strategy more definitively announces its priorities and core values. These and other questions were taken head-on in January 2017, when the Boston Consulting Group, a global strategy and management consulting firm, relocated its New York City office—BCG’s largest—to 10 Hudson Yards.

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ULX: 10 Museum Designs Reach Out to Their Surrounding Communities

The following ten projects—all completed during the past five years—include adaptive uses of historic buildings, expansions, and additions aimed at making old museum buildings more welcoming to the public.

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Recent Articles

  • Bringing Coworking Concepts and Other Office Concepts to Japan

    June 27, 2017

    Delegates at ULI Japan’s recent Spring Conference, held in Tokyo, heard from a number of landlords operating a number of different models for office occupation about how their operations worked and their thoughts on the future.

  • Incorporating Walkability and Adaptability into Mixed-Use Projects Across Three Continents

    June 26, 2017

    To keep pace with changing transportation and working modes, the built environment needs to have adaptability from the ground up. That was the argument made by panelists from the worlds of design, development, and corporate real estate when they discussed themes of resilience, flexibility, and livability of urban space at the ULI Asia Pacific Summit 2017 in Singapore.

  • 25 Finalists Named for ULI Global Awards for Excellence

    June 5, 2017

    Twenty-five extraordinary developments from around the world have been selected as finalists for ULI’s 2017 Global Awards for Excellence, widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious award programs.

  • Three Mayors Discuss Their Legacies of Urban Design in the U.S. Southeast

    June 2, 2017

    Glenda Hood, former mayor of Orlando, and Joe Riley, former mayor of Charleston, South Carolina, were joined by Joe Buckhorn, the longtime mayor of Tampa, in a discussion about their legacies as mayors at the ULI Florida Summit in Tampa.

  • Curating Stronger Community through Intentional Placemaking

    May 31, 2017

    Decades ago, who would have thought that the graffiti-covered walls of deteriorated industrial buildings would catalyze the regeneration of an entire urban community? A panel at ULI Washington’s recent Trends Conference explored strategies for strengthening communities’ identity and economic vitality with arts programming and local institutions.

  • Drawing Business Travelers Back to Kansas City’s Airport

    May 30, 2017

    If you have ever flown through Kansas City International Airport, you likely have noticed the three stand-alone horseshoe terminals—only two of which are active. Or the lack of food and beverage choices, restrooms, and other amenities near the gates compared with what is available at similar, modern airports.

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