Land Use Issues: Leads, Tips, and Ideas

WASHINGTON (January 15, 2015) — The Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) communications department is ready to assist you with interview and research requests. For your benefit, we offer these leads, tips and ideas related to land use issues:

Micro Units Gaining Traction…New research from the ULI suggests that micro units – typically larger than a one-car garage, smaller than a double – have staying power as a housing type that appeals to urban dwellers in high-cost markets who are willing to trade space for improved affordability and proximity to downtown neighborhoods. The Macro View on Micro Units identifies four trends (primarily associated with Generation Y) that are linked to the rising appeal of the units: delayed household formation; an increase in single-person households; a decrease in car ownership; and the tendency to accumulate fewer belongings and participate in the “sharing economy.” Contact us for more information on this housing trend.

Berlin is Top European Real Estate Market for 2015…Competition for prime assets in Europe’s major real estate markets is leading property investors to continue their move into secondary assets and recovering markets, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® Europe 2015, a forecast published jointly by the ULI and PwC. The top five European real estate investment markets for this year: Berlin, Dublin, Madrid, Hamburg and Athens.

The Power of Uniqueness…ULI Senior Resident Fellow Edward McMahon makes a strong case for the economic, psychological and social value of uniqueness in a recent TEDx talk in Jacksonville, Fla. According to McMahon, in a global marketplace, well-educated workers, world-class infrastructure and the ability to turn ideas into commercial realities are all critically important to economic success – but the other critical element is community distinctiveness. Contact us to interview Ed on the competitive advantage of uniqueness.

The Rising Popularity of the 18-Hour City…Millennials have flocked to city life, changing neighborhoods as they go. What will happen when their needs—and tastes—mature? As millennial magnets such as New York and Washington, D.C., grow ever more expensive, more and more young professionals are looking to a number of vibrant 18-hour cities that offer a similar lifestyle for less. Get the whole story in the January-February issue of Urban Land magazine, which will be available in mid-February. Want a copy to flip through? Let us know, we’ll send you one. Or, check out Urban Land online.

Grad Students Focus on New Orleans for ULI Hines Competition…A downtown neighborhood in New Orleans has been chosen as the site for the 2015 ULI Hines Competition. The ideas competition will provide graduate-level student teams the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development program for parts of the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville downtown neighborhoods. The team with the winning proposal, selected in April, will receive $50,000. Contact us for more details on the Hines Competition and updates on the finalist teams.

Clarion Partners Joins ULI Greenprint Center…Clarion Partners, a leading real estate investment manager based in New York City, has joined the ULI Greenprint Center for Building Performance, a worldwide alliance of leading real estate owners, investors and financial institutions committed to improving energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions across the global property industry. Greenprint’s flagship product is the Greenprint Performance Report™, which is a consolidated view of participating properties, detailing their energy, water and waste performance by geography and asset class. Contact us for more information on Greenprint’s work and ULI’s overall efforts to promote environmentally conscious development.

ULI’s 2015 Spring Meeting Comes to Houston…Nearly 3,000 of the world’s foremost leaders in the real estate and land use industry will convene at ULI’s 2015 Spring Meeting, set for May 13-14 at the Hilton Americas Houston in Houston, which was named this year’s top U.S. city for investment and development by Emerging Trends in Real Estate® The Americas 2015. The meeting, which will focus on creative community building for the 21st century, will include an emphasis on communities that have built on their strengths in the post-recession years to be economically prosperous, environmentally sound and highly livable. Contact us to register.


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