News from the Building Healthy Places Initiative: Spring Meeting Programming, New Report, and More

2014 ULI Spring Meeting

In July 2013, ULI launched the Building Healthy Places Initiative, which is leveraging the power of ULI’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.

You’re Invited: Building Healthy Places Pop-Up Café at the Spring Meeting


If you are attending ULI’s Spring Meeting, please join us on Friday, April 11, from 7 to 8 a.m. in the Vancouver Convention Centre’s West Building, Room 214, for coffee and a light breakfast. Connect with colleagues who are working at the nexus of health and real estate and meet the developers of three projects featured in ULI’s new report, Building for Wellness: The Business Case, which will be officially released at Spring Meeting. Click here for more information.


Building Healthy Places Sessions at the Spring Meeting

The ULI Spring Meeting in Vancouver will feature a number of Building Healthy Places sessions, including a full Building Healthy Places track on Thursday. Click here for a full list of Building Healthy Places sessions. Highlights include:

New Report: Building for Wellness: The Business Case

Building for Wellness: The Business Case highlights 13 projects of varying product type and scale that were developed with health and wellness in mind. In a series of profiles, developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded. This report will be released at the Spring Meeting in Vancouver.

Download the report here.

Attend Housing Opportunity 2014!

The ULI Terwilliger Center’s annual housing conference has a strong focus on human health this year. Housing Opportunity 2014: Healthy Housing, Healthy Places will explore a range of health and housing issues, including changing demographics, multigenerational housing, development of green housing for positive health and economic outcomes, and how incorporating health into residential developments can help meet the bottom line. The conference will be held May 14-16 in Denver. Register today!

Conference Materials Now Available for Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value 

urbanland_21893964147Were you unable to attend February’s Building Healthy Places: Unlocking the Value conference in Los Angeles? Or did you attend and want to refer to or share materials from the event with others? Good news: resources, including brief session descriptions and presentation slide decks from the sessions, are now available. Access these materials here.


Building Healthy Places Resources

Commercial Corridor and Neighborhood RevitalizationResource List. Commercial corridors present both challenges and opportunities for land use and development. This link offers a list of resources from ULI and other organizations regarding strategies, tools, and tactics for the revitalization of commercial corridors and neighborhoods.

ULI Case Study: Willowsford. Willowsford, a master planned community with a working farm in Loudoun County, Virginia, is the subject of a recent ULI Case Study. Willowsford is also featured in the recent Building Healthy Places Initiative publication Intersections: Health and the Built Environment for its focus on healthy food and physical activity.

Healthy Living Is a Focus of Europe’s Fastest-Growing Cities. Officials from Vienna, Stockholm, and London outlined priorities for their fastest-growing cities—including access to greenspace and recreation, high-density housing, and clean air—at the ULI Europe Annual Conference in Paris in February. These officials are seeking solutions from the real estate industry to help them address these priorities.

New Book Calls for Creating Happier, Healthier, and More Sustainable Cities. Charles Montgomery, the author of Happy City: Transforming Our Lives through Urban Design, was interviewed by Urban Land magazine about some of the key components of his book, including his thoughts on density, micro-apartments, and community gardening.

A Park Project in Mexico Helps Improve Physical and Social Health. This Urban Land article tells the story of La Línea Verde, a 7.5-mile-long (12 km) urban linear park in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Created in less than three years, La Línea Verde has provided 300,000 people with access to new recreational opportunities, helped improve air quality, and provided the community with new social programs.

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