Planning & Design

ULX: Tall and Taller in the Asia Pacific Region

Ten buildings ranging from 18 to 64 storeys model innovative ways to reach the sky.

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Architect Jan Gehl’s Philosophy on Future-Proofing Old Cities

“There is great confusion about what the future will be,” legendary architect Jan Gehl said at ULI Europe’s Real Estate Forum in Copenhagen in June. We have been told that autonomous cars will solve all the problems we ever had. Or drones will be the answer. Or sensor-driven smart cities. But will any one technology future-proof cities? Gehl does not think so.

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Three Strategies to Keep Placemaking Efforts Organic and Dynamic

As pop-up outdoor dining and alleyway murals become more commonplace, three speakers at 2019 ULI Florida Summit advocated for a more crafted approach to placemaking by infusing projects with local art and entertainment. Led by Carol Coletta, senior fellow with the Kresge Foundation, the session on creative placemaking examined what has—and has not—worked.

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Paving the Way for Taller Buildings across Europe’s Large Cities

At the 2019 ULI U.K. National Conference, attendees heard how two leading architects are responding to the market’s demands for taller buildings across Europe’s big cities while considering any desire to maintain a more traditional skyline.

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Recent Articles

  • Redefining Smart Buildings

    June 3, 2019

    A truly smart building goes far beyond sensors and data collection to improve occupiers’ quality of life.

  • InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland: A Former Quarry Adapted as a Luxury Hotel

    The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel in China’s Songjiang District, near Shanghai, appears modest when approached from ground level because only two storeys project above ground and green roofs help them blend into the surrounding greenery. But when guests step inside, they see the dramatic construction, attached to the rock like a hanging garden.

  • Four Recommendations to Spark New Growth in Warsaw

    May 28, 2019

    A new ULI report argues for bold planning and effective reforms to bring Warsaw to life. Based on a series of workshops that brought together the city of Warsaw and real estate investors, the Grow with Warsaw report concludes that better cooperation between stakeholders will provide a strong foundation for growth in the city and sets out a series of recommendations based on a city competitiveness framework.

  • A New Vision for Empty Parking Fields

    May 22, 2019

    As vehicle use and shopping habits change rapidly, densified parking areas can free up space for new uses that benefit the community.

  • Planning for a More Sustainable Flood Protection Plan in Hanoi

    May 21, 2019

    A CallisonRTKL planning and urban design team, working with consultancy Arcadis, developed a new strategic urban waterfront assessment of the Red River in Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam. Due to a water level drop controlled by the newly built reservoirs upstream, land can be reclaimed on both banks of the river and transformed into an urban development land bank, presenting an opportunity to reshape the city for the future.

  • Housing Grows Taller with Light-Steel Construction

    May 20, 2019

    A light-gauge steel structural system allows an apartment building to rise 12 stories above five parking levels in Atlanta.

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