Planning & Design

Steel Modules Speed Construction

A San Francisco developer imports Chinese steel modules to install 22 graduate student housing units in only four days.

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ULI Hines Student Competition Teams Challenged to Design Master Plan Development in Cincinnati

An area in Cincinnati comprising portions of a highway, the central business district, and the central riverfront along the Ohio River has been selected as the study site for the annual ULI Hines Student Competition. Though based on a hypothetical situation, the ideas competition provides both full- and part-time graduate-level students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development program for an actual large-scale urban site.

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Art on theMART along the Chicago River

A dramatic illuminated art project turns Chicago’s Merchandise Mart into a living canvas.

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Honoring U.S. Veterans with a Museum and Memorial in Columbus

Over the last eight years, Columbus has leveraged the creation of some 40 acres (16 ha) of green and recreational space along the Scioto River to spark $400 million in new private development, including the National Veterans Memorial & Museum.

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Recent Articles

  • Big Data’s Integral Role in Smart Cities and the Retail Experience

    January 7, 2019

    Data is increasingly influencing decision-making in everything from how cities are structured to the retail experience, said speakers at the ULI China Mainland Winter Meeting. The conference, held in Shanghai in December, featured two presentations that showed how big data and other technologies are driving design for real estate projects large and small.

  • Playing Small Ball: Weaving Smaller, Multiuse Sports-Anchored Developments into Existing City Infrastructure

    November 14, 2018

    Architects and urban planners are working with community leaders to find creative and successful ways to design and build a new generation of multiuse arenas.

  • Planning for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development in Sacramento

    November 12, 2018

    A ULI Advisory Services panel toured South Sacramento, California, in September, meeting with more than 75 city and county officials, local business leaders, residents, and other stakeholders. The four sponsors—Sacramento Regional Transit, Sacramento Council of Governments, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District—asked the ULI advisory panel to outline a plan for kick-starting a retrofit of the two transit-adjacent neighborhoods into transit-oriented neighborhoods. Their goals were to promote equitable, healthy, and inclusive community development that fosters job and income growth, housing options, and healthy neighborhood amenities with more convenient access to transit, retail, and services.

  • ULX: Technological Ingenuity

    November 5, 2018

    Ten projects enhance buildings with technologies that add versatility and conserve resources.

  • Latin America Continues to Be Growth Opportunity for Mid-Market Retailers

    October 29, 2018

    While 93.1 percent of all retail sales in Latin America are still made in-store, savvy retailers are increasingly exploring opportunities to merge the in-store experience with the convenience of shopping online. Panelists speaking at the ULI Latin America Annual Conference in September also said that retail is ripe for investment, as the growing middle class is gaining access to credit and earning higher wages in many cities.

  • Building with Big Data and High Tech

    Weaving data, virtual and augmented reality, and analytical tools into all stages of the design and development process pays off with better buildings—and better returns.

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