Planning & Design

ULI’s Advisory Services Examines Impact of Boston North–South Rail Link

ULI Advisory Services was asked to examine how the construction of an underground rail line linking North Station to South Station in downtown Boston could help alleviate transportation and housing woes, while unlocking development potential.

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Five Steps toward Implementing Creative Placemaking

With the community as an ally, developers can leverage the benefits of art, culture, and design.

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Untying the Traffic Knot

State-of-the-art land use decisions—and new technologies—could help keep people and commerce moving.

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ULI Partners on “10-Minute Walk” Campaign for Urban Parks

ULI has joined with 127 U.S. mayors, along with the Trust for Public Land and the National Recreation and Park Association in launching a historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space. This bipartisan group includes mayors from all across the country and represents cities large and small, including America’s four largest cities.

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Recent Articles

  • Vision for USC Village in Los Angeles More Than a Decade in the Making

    October 9, 2017

    Eleven years after a ULI panel examined the potential development of 15 acres (6 ha) controlled by the University of Southern California in south central Los Angeles, USC Village is a reality. The $700 million project, which opened in August, is a mix of housing for 2,500 students, classrooms, a dining hall, and a community-focused retail complex.

  • Four Ways Toronto’s Planning Has Stayed ahead of Unprecedented Growth

    September 11, 2017

    Speaking at ULI Toronto’s Electric Cities Symposium, Jennifer Keesmaat, Toronto’s chief city planner since 2012, said, “We have a running joke in the city planning department that we’re waiting for the lull.” With the unprecedented level of growth the city has seen in the last five years, the pace of development continues to ratchet up, creating both new opportunities and challenges for Canada’s largest city.

  • Embracing Smarter Cities in India and South Korea

    September 5, 2017

    Technological innovations are affecting nearly every facet of how societies function, but it is the corresponding evolution of human behavior—not the technology itself—that is driving how the next generation of cities around the globe is being built. That was the general feeling of a panel of large-scale developers—veritable city builders—assembled at the World Real Estate Forum by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Center for Real Estate.

  • Global Awards for Excellence: Hong Kong East Community Green Station

    Instead of a being a traditional garbage-collection point, Hong Kong East Community Green Station is designed to be an asset to the local area with the inclusion of an education center, a work area for handling recyclables, an office, ancillary facilities, and a landscape area.

  • BP Gets Resilient in Houston

    August 30, 2017

    It was not just Hurricane Katrina that convinced BP to build Helios Plaza, its new mission critical–type facility in Houston, with a strong resilience program. It was also the mundane reality that flood-prone Buffalo Bayou is only blocks away from its campus and that the electricity grid in Texas is painfully challenged.

  • The City with (Almost) No Limits

    As the only major U.S. city without formal zoning, Houston has a reputation as a freewheeling place where anything goes. But in truth, a complex patchwork of public and private regulation has evolved to impose order.

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