Brett Widness

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Product Council Outlook for Hotel Design

Experts in hotel development discuss the rising popularity of social spaces in hotels, the role of technology in the hotel experience, the ways …

Hospitality

Leveraging Landscape: Tools for Urban Resilience

SWA designers chose native plants, which are more fire-resistant than alternatives, for areas around the Shady Canyon residential community in Orange …

Water

Five Ways to Sell the Benefits of Healthier Building Patterns

(Photo by Arturo Castaneyra on Unsplash)<p><i>The ULI Health Leaders Network is empowering real estate and land use professionals with the skills,</i> …

Built Environment

Online vs. In-store: Designing for the Next Generation of Shoppers

Ala Moana Center, Honolulu. (CallisonRTKL)<p><i>This article appeared in the Summer issue of</i> Urban Land <i>on page 62.</i><p>As designers and architects, we often are …

eCommerce

Adapting Building Design to the Effects of Climate Change

Imagine that your recently completed sustainable waterfront development opens to fanfare, but the new glass storefronts facing the bay are soon …

Green Living

Using Tactical Preservation to Revive Neighborhoods outside Downtown Detroit

The exterior of the Vanity Ballroom in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit. The Vanity Ballroom is just one of an estimated 66,000 empty …

Dance Hall

Solution File: Retrofitting Arterial Strip Centers in Austin, Texas

The thousands of underdeveloped older retail strip centers that line urban arterials, like the 8.5-acre (3.4 ha) former Lamar Plaza (foreground) two …

ULX: Ten Affordable Housing Projects

High-quality design and low-cost housing are not incompatible. The gray housing projects of the past are giving way to more artful buildings with …

Developing Code-Compliant Tiny Homes to House Florida’s Workers

Hospitality, tourism, and medical services remain the largest industries driving Florida’s economy; but hotel and restaurant workers, nurses, and …

Office and Residential Development Driving Revival of Midwest Downtowns

Kahler Slater designed the conversion of an obsolete five-story hotel in Milwaukee into a 96-unit luxury multifamily development, Vantage on the …

Toward Zero Parking: Challenging Conventional Wisdom for Multifamily

The 69 condos in 388 Fulton (left center) in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley sold easily in 2017 without any structured parking being provided. (Bruce …

Making Room for Newcomers: Density and the Draw of Urbanization

Edward Glaeser, professor of economics at Harvard University and a ULI trustee, speaking at the ULI Netherlands’ Annual Conference in Amsterdam. …

Dining and Other Amenities Boosting the Modern Shopping Center

Trading Up: Dining, Leisure, Amenities, and the New Shopping Centre is the second report from the ULI Retail and Entertainment Council to look at the …

Food & Dining

Developing for a Cause: College Dropout Builds Two Schools in Uganda

Philanthropist Annabelle Chauncy, who operates two schools in Uganda and in 2015 received the Medal of the Order of Australia for the charity she …

Creating Streets People Can Identify With

A classic main street, Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame, California, reflects investments in the streetscape meant to encourage longer stays, support …

This construction unfolds into a home in just hours, and only costs around $33,400

Designed by Renato Vidal and manufactured by Area Legno in Italy, this modular living unit can unfold into a fully functional home within six to …

Video: Emerging Trends in Canadian Real Estate

ULI Toronto and PwC hosted a trends event in November to present the latest findings for Toronto and the rest of the Canadian market, including a …

Real Estate

ULX: Public Transit Architecture

Whether as small as a bus shelter or as large as a major train station, public transit buildings need to have a prominent profile in the streetscape …

Urban Design

Here's what could happen to America's hundreds of dead malls

As one of the first postwar suburban shopping centers in the US, the Northgate Mall in northern Seattle defines classic mall architecture.<p>Its architect, John Graham Jr., pioneered the dumbbell, big-box shape for malls, in which two rows of stores face each other and a department store anchors each …

Urban Design

Dallas is getting a $600 million urban park that's more than 11 times as large as Central Park

Dallas, Texas, is getting a lot greener.<p>The city is building a 10,000-acre nature district— nearly 12 times as large as Manhattan's Central Park — along the Trinity River. Featuring plenty of walkways, sports fields, trees, and other flora, the site will become one of the largest urban parks in …

Solar Array Yields Environmental—and Economic—Rewards

A steel-gridded pergola covers a roof terrace at the northeast corner of the Hanover Page Mill office building in Palo Alto, California. Vertical …

Stanford University

Three Mayors Discuss Their Legacies of Urban Design in the U.S. Southeast

From right to left: Joseph P. Riley, Jr., former mayor, City of Charleston and distinguished ULI visiting fellow; Glenda Hood, former Mayor, City of …

Three Developers Capitalizing on Tampa’s Growth

As part of the ULI Florida Summit, attendees took a tour of Ybor City by Streetcar. Florida garners plenty of international attention for its …

Real Estate

Utah plans $5 million wildlife bridge over deadly I-80 highway

13 miles along Utah’s Interstate 80 (I-80) is one of the most dangerous road spans for animals in the state. 122 mule deer, 13 moose, four elk, and …

10 Best Practices for Creative Placemaking

Spearheaded by artist Theaster Gates and the Rebuild Foundation, in partnership with Brinshore Development, the Dorchester Art + Housing …

Urban Design

Resilience Experts Examine Climate Issues Facing Florida’s Gulf Coast

Surrounded on three sides by water, the city of St. Petersburg, and the entire Tampa Bay region are highly vulnerable to sea-level rise and other …

In Washington, D.C., New Urgency for “Missing Middle” Housing Types and Price Points

Since 2000, Washington, D.C., has added more than 100,000 residents as a robust job market has attracted people both domestically and from abroad. …

Housing

How Mass Migration Is Enhancing Europe’s Cities

Most migrants to Europe are clustering in cities, a new ULI study finds, compounding the challenge of rising rent prices with encouraging integration …

United Kingdom

How Green Infrastructure Manages Stormwater, Enhances Property Values

The growing involvement of the real estate industry in helping municipalities manage stormwater runoff with systems using natural resources is …

Real Estate

Why Aren’t More Small Apartment Projects Built?

2013 American Housing Survey/Enterprise Community Partners Large, luxury apartment and condo developments have been dominating headlines and casting …

Rental Housing