Sustainability

ULI Urban Open Space Award Finalist: Levy Park

As one of the only public green spaces in Houston’s Upper Kirby District, the underused Levy Park has been reimagined as an active, vibrant civic destination. The 5.9-acre (2.4 ha) public park offers free programming and public events, and includes a 40,000-square-foot (3,700 sq m) children’s garden, a 7,500-square-foot (700 sq m) rain garden, a 43,000-square-foot (4,000 sq m) event lawn, and a 2,500-square-foot (230 sq m) multipurpose performance space.

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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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Building on the Reconnection of Parks and Waterways along Cleveland’s Cuyahoga River

Like many former industrial U.S. cities, Cleveland is starting to see the fruits of repurposing waterfront land as open space. After decades of neglect, Cleveland’s 25-acre (10 ha) Scranton Peninsula, located on the Cuyahoga River, has been acquired with the goal of creating a mixed-use, mid-rise neighborhood with views of downtown and prime access to the river.

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Recent Articles

  • Developers Embracing Their Role in Building for Resilience in Florida

    July 17, 2018

    For the first time in the history of ULI’s Florida Summit, a keynote panel addressed the issue of resiliency across the state. But resiliency, however, isn’t just about climate change – it’s about centering the needs of a community and ensuring its continued progress in the face of mounting challenges, like climate change, affordability, and employment stagnation.

  • Australian Cities Adapting to Faster-Growing Population

    July 16, 2018

    As populations in many Asia Pacific countries continue to rise, governments across the region are grappling with how to build out infrastructure fast enough to keep pace. Much of this growth is occurring in cities, making livability increasingly problematic as urban infrastructure struggles to keep up, said panelists at a ULI Australia event.

  • Return on Resilience: A Dollar of Prevention Is Worth $6 in Avoided Costs

    July 13, 2018

    A review of 20 years of federal programs puts a price tag on inaction.

  • Keeping Life Affordable in Asia’s Fast-Growing Cities

    June 12, 2018

    Growing cities such as Hong Kong are at the epicenter of what Richard Florida has dubbed “the new urban crisis,” with the city’s success sending house prices soaring out of reach of the average resident. The author and urbanist, who is director of cities at the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, spoke at the 2018 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Hong Kong.

  • Living with Rising Sea Levels: Miami Beach’s Plans for Resilience

    May 23, 2018

    In April, a team of ULI members on an Advisory Services panel traveled to Miami Beach to advise the city on its preparations for sea-level rise and to brainstorm about what could be done better. The group concluded that the city has made an admirable start, including investment in a $500 million program for stormwater management, but a more comprehensive and holistic approach needs to be taken.

  • Net-Zero-Energy Construction Is Becoming More Cost-Effective

    May 3, 2018

    Companies understand the attraction of more economical, more comfortable spaces. But lenders still need to be educated about net-zero energy’s lower operating costs.

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