News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: May 15, 2014

Mid-Levels Escalators in Hong Kong.

Mid-Levels Escalators in Hong Kong.

In July, ULI launched a new initiative focused on the interconnections between health and the built environment. The Building Healthy Places Initiative is leveraging the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.






Housing Opportunity 2014: Healthy Housing, Healthy Places Starts Today

Jason Roberts of the Better Block Project

Jason Roberts of the Better Block Project

Attendees at the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing’s annual conference will be exploring topics at the intersection of health and housing. Held in Denver, Colorado, the conference features keynote speakers Dr. Megan Sandel of Children’s HealthWatch and Jason Roberts of the Better Block Project. Follow the conference on Twitter using #ULIHousing14. 


Building for Wellness: The Business Case Finds that Health Makes Business Sense

The new ULI report Building for Wellness: The Business Case profiles 13 development projects, including five renovation and redevelopment projects, four new construction projects, and four master-planned community projects, that were developed with health and wellness in mind. Building for Wellness finds that the health component costs were a minimal percentage of the overall development budget, and that the market response exceeded expectations. The report examines design strategies as well as programming and operations aspects of the included projects.


ULI’s Asia Pacific Summit to Feature Health

The 3rd Annual Asia Pacific Summit, to be held in Hong Kong May 20-22, will include several programs related to health, including a Building Healthy Places Panel and roundtable discussions on urban mobility and transit oriented development. A post-summit workshop features Hysan Place, a sustainable commercial high-rise that includes an urban farm and artificial wetland designed to recycle graywater. Find more information about the Summit here.


IR2014_CoverInfrastructure 2014 Finds Public Transit is Top Infrastructure Priority

Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City is the latest in an annual series by ULI and EY. This year’s report is based on a survey of global public sector and real estate leaders, which found that improved public transit services (bus and rail) was the top investment priority for both groups of survey respondents. Click here to read more.


Resources Now Available for Building Healthy Places Sessions at the Spring Meeting

Materials from the Building Healthy Places sessions at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Vancouver are now available. Session descriptions, PowerPoints, and video can be accessed here.


Local Innovations: Cleveland, Washington, Singapore, and San Francisco

Photo by Donny Davis.

ULI Cleveland Young Leaders Group

ULI District and National Councils are connecting members with opportunities to lead on health.

  • ULI Cleveland. The ULI Young Leaders Group in Cleveland toured a hydroponic greenhouse that is focusing on local food production and economic development.
  • ULI Washington. As part of a set of Urban Innovation Grant activities, ULI Washington is helping to envision a new 11th Street Bridge Park for the nations’ capital. Recently, the District Council hosted a free event to explore what the park could look like.
  • ULI Singapore. ULI Singapore and the Centre for Liveable Cities hosted a workshop with Danish architect Jan Gehl to formulate principles for improving walkability and bikeability in Singapore.
  • ULI San Francisco and ULI Northwest. From May 7-9, ULI San Francisco hosted members from San Francisco and Seattle as part of a study trip focused on innovative topic areas related to health, land use, and real estate. The members will also visit Seattle in June.


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One comment on “News from the ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative: May 15, 2014

  1. Hi, im looking for a national list of agrihoods in usa, so exciting this idea of living with the land/community/ growing food! I want to find one close to me in MN.. Thank you, lorrie

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