Planning & Design

ULI Urban Open Space Award Finalist: Madrid Rio Park

Madrid Rio Park was made possible by the burial of 25 miles (40 km) of urban motorways that had separated Madrid’s 6 million residents from the Manzanares River, which flows through the city. The park now occupies 360 acres (146 ha) of green space, with trails and urban beaches sharing space with art centers, playgrounds, and cafés, providing a link between city and river, and between the urban ecosystem and the vast Manzanares River basin.

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Five Finalists Announced for ULI Urban Open Space Award

The ULI Urban Open Space Award recognizes vibrant parks and open spaces that have been transformative in promoting healthy, sustainable, and equitable outcomes in their communities. This year, five projects were selected as finalists.

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Designing for the Driverless Age

Autonomous vehicles will remake cities in ways we are only beginning to imagine. Architects and planners have to envision structures now that will fit into that future.

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ULX: Ten Affordable Housing Projects

The following ten projects—all built during the past five years—showcase a variety of design strategies that make inventive use of their project budgets, including a textile mill adapted to serve as apartments and supportive housing for military veterans.

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Recent Articles

  • Solution File: Retrofitting Arterial Strip Centers in Austin, Texas

    July 9, 2018

    A national developer transforms a faded Texas strip center into a mixed-use place around a central urban street.

  • Innovating to Meet the Need for Attainable Housing

    June 25, 2018

    Just as millennials are belatedly entering the housing market in greater numbers, developers face a daunting array of challenges that they did not have when they erected starter homes for previous generations, compelling innovation.

  • Following Hurricane’s Devastation, Rebuilding St. Croix for Resilience

    Land use and urban planning experts representing ULI will be making recommendations to the Virgin Islands Housing Authority on creating a long-term plan for rebuilding the territory’s St. Croix district to increase the resilience of the built environment, revive the district’s economy, and reinforce its appeal to residents as well as visitors.

  • Building Cross-Cultural Ties at Schwarzman College in Beijing

    May 29, 2018

    Blackstone Group’s Stephen Schwarzman built a Rhodes Scholarship–type programme at Tsinghua University.

  • People-Driven Design: Planning for the Urban Future of Autonomous Vehicles

    May 24, 2018

    Just as a century ago, when the arrival of the personal automobile fundamentally changed our society, the advent of AVs as our main mode of transportation will trigger another shift in people’s lives. To ensure that the changes will enhance the urban experience, cities and their private sector partners need to start planning for this new world.

  • ULX: Open Spaces amid Density

    May 21, 2018

    The following ten projects in the Asia Pacific region—all completed during the past five years—include restored headlands, contaminated canals and marshes cleaned up to serve as wildlife habitats, and a row of parking spaces revamped as a piazza.

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