Brett Widness

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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 …

Retail

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 …

New South Wales

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 …

Architecture

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 …

Canada

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 …

Trains

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 …

National Parks

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 …

Palo Alto

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 …

Smart Cities

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

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

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 …

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 …

Climate Change

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 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 …

Sustainability

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 …

Urban Design

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 …

Sweden

In Brief: Seattle-Tacoma, San Jose Are Top U.S. Office Markets for 2017

Images courtesy of Marcus & Millichap’s 2017 U.S. Office Investment Forecast. San Jose, California, and Seattle-Tacoma, Washington, hold the top two …

Real Estate

Crane Watch: Five Transformative Mixed-Use Projects in the Southeast

Falls Park in Greenville, South Carolina, one of the cities in the Southeast seeing increased mixed-use development. (City of Greenville) Developers …

Urban Design

Attracting Millennial Workers to Florida: Transit Could Help

A rendering of the West Palm Beach station for the Brightline, a privately funded rail line, with service projected to begin between Miami and West …

Urban Design

Adding Green Space and Value in Houston’s Upper Kirby District

Opening day at Levy Park in Houston, Texas. (©Morris Malakoff/Courtesy of Levy Park Conservancy) Residents and workers in and around Houston’s Upper …

Urban Design

How to Make Urban Highways Vanish

Thanks to this free open-source mapping tool, you can digitally demolish your city’s loathed urban expressways and reveal what lies beneath.<p>Imagine there’s no highway, it’s easy if you try—even easier, since now there’s a map for that. With this latest cartographic venture, you can make the …

How Zoning Can Ease Land Assembly

A rendering of the three towers planned for the Journal Squared development in Jersey City, New Jersey. (© Crystal CG) Where property ownership is …

Zoning

Profit- and Market-Driven Solutions for Sustainable Real Estate

Panelists speaking at the New York University Conference on Sustainable Real Estate. From left to right: moderator Brenna Walraven, president and …

Sustainability

Building for Innovation: Three Models

The University of Pennsylvania’s Pennovation Center tries to offer short-term lease and license agreements in order to attract and retain young …

Innovation

ULX: 10 Government Buildings

Architects designing government buildings have to work with often-contradictory requirements: embody authority and solidity, yet also convey the …

Urban Design

Four Teams Selected as Finalists in ULI Hines Student Competition

The Fleet Management facility located on Chicago’s north side. (ULI/Nathan Weber) Teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Université Laval in Quebec, …

Urban Design

Many Uses, Linked by One Vibrant Alley

The central 100 feet (30 m) of the 400-foot-long (122 m) block was a nonhistoric two-story building that could be removed to create a T-shape for the …

Urbanism

How San Diego’s Smart City Tech Is Reducing Traffic, Saving Energy

Robert Lamb/Unsplash San Diego is rolling out the largest city-based Internet of Things (IoT) network in the world, with deployment 3,200 smart …

San Diego