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The Materials Movement: Advancing Low-Carbon, Healthy Materials for Sustainable Communities

Every component of a building, from the concrete foundation to the paint on the walls, has an impact on human health, the climate, and ecosystems around the globe. Building materials—once overlooked in real estate’s sustainability efforts—are now bei

September 1, 2023 - Urban Land Magazine


New Park Space for an Old City

After 3,400 years, Athens will soon get its first large urban park. When completed in 2030, Ellinikon Metropolitan Park will be 600 acres (243 ha), about three-fourths the size of New York City’s Central Park, an enormous addition of green space.

August 31, 2023 - ULI Urban Land Magazine

Three-story apartment buildings in Takoma Village, a cohousing complex in Washington, D.C.

Building Community With Cohousing

Developers and buyers create new models for housing that hold the promise of a more environmentally friendly, connected, and multigenerational way of living.

May 10, 2023 - Urban Land Online

South of Market

11,000 Housing Units Possible with S.F. Office Conversions, Study Says

A new study by SPUR and the Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco chapter estimates a specific number of apartment units that could be built from vacant office units in the city.

March 29, 2023 - The San Francisco Chronicle

Chicago, Illinois

What Makes a High Quality Park?

A new report can help park developers and managers assess quality, park by park and systemwide, to make investments and address disparities in access to high quality parks.

July 8, 2021 - Urban Land Institute

Rebuild Foundation

Creative Placemaking a Boon for Underserved Communities, Report Says

The work of Chicago urban planner and developer Theaster Gates provides a proof of concept in a new report from the Urban Land Institute.

October 5, 2020 - Chicago Tribune

Ferguson, Missouri

UrbanPlan Program Aims to Inspire a More Diverse Generation of Planners

An Urban Land Institute program brings students into the discussion and gives them the tools to make a difference in the planning processes that define their communities.

August 12, 2019 - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Single Family Residential Construction

Report: Housing Construction Not Meeting Middle Class Needs

The construction industry is building less "attainable housing" than demanded by the market.

June 5, 2019 - Forbes

A 'Walk in the Park' Needs a 'Walk to the Park'

Several strategies and initiatives seek to make parks more accessible on foot in the county of Los Angeles. Clement Lau, an L.A. County planner, summarizes a few of these strategies and initiatives.

March 19, 2019 - UrbDeZine

Stony Island Arts Bank Chicago

Theaster Gates Brings Together Planning and Art to Empower Communities

His work in Chicago has created spaces that protect and celebrate black lives and experience.

December 12, 2018 - Forbes


Challenges of Access to Low Wage Jobs in the Suburbs

Companies struggling to get employees to work are turning to a variety of transportation alternatives not traditionally covered by transit agencies.

November 2, 2017 - Star Tribune

Normal, Illinois

National Partners Launch the 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

The 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign launched earlier this month.

October 31, 2017 - The Huffington Post

High Point, Seattle

Water-Smart Green Infrastructure: The Private Sector Steps Up

A new Urban Land Institute Report details the increasing implementation of citywide green infrastructure networks, including investments on both public and privately owned sites.

May 4, 2017 - Katharine Burgess


Nation's Only Privately Funded Express Rail Service to Launch in July

Good and bad news for followers of Brightline, a South Florida rail start-up. Service between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale begins in July, with Miami soon thereafter, but opponents may hamper extension to Orlando.

March 15, 2017 - Palm Beach Post


New ULI Report Classifies Differences Among Suburbs

The U.S. remains largely a suburban nation, though central cities are experiencing a great comeback after years of population loss. But what exactly is a suburb? A new report from the Urban Land Institute provides answers by providing subcategories.

December 9, 2016 - Urban Land Institute

Good for the Planet—and the Real Estate Industry?

Climate change is the new reality, and building owners and developers that want to remain in business need to adapt. So says a recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) report that calls last year's Paris agreement "a potential game changer."

November 7, 2016 - Doggerel


Pittsburgh's Lessons for Los Angeles and Beyond: Reinvest in Planning

The rules are changing, Tom Murphy says, and cities need to change, too.

November 2, 2016 - The Planning Report

Los Angeles

Los Angeles' Ballot Box Planning and Development Initiatives Leaders Discuss Impacts

Two major ballot initiatives would change the state of planning and development in L.A. As the housing and planning crisis reaches new levels, initiative leaders and land-use experts discuss how to create a viable path forward.

May 31, 2016 - The Planning Report

TOD: The 'T' Stands for 'Trail'

Planning for active transportation is the new trend in urban development, according to the Urban Land Institute—and it pays off.

April 16, 2016 - The Architects Newspaper

The Next Frontier for Compact Walkability? It's Gotta Be the Burbs

Suburban retrofit: what's next in issues, approaches, strategies, and tools.

March 16, 2016 - PlaceShakers

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Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

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