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ULI Midlands Young Leaders: Walking Tour of Digbeth

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On Monday the 10th of July 2017, Gary Woodward of Birmingham City Council led a walking tour around Digbeth in Birmingham. The tour started at the location of the proposed new 7 platform station at Curzon Street for HS2, which is to be built on a sloping site near Digbeth (which is currently a park area as a “meanwhile use”).  Birmingham City Council has focussed on ensuring that the new station will be connected with the surrounding area and so a new metro stop will be constructed in close proximity … Read More

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Lunch & Learn with Jon Zehner, LaSalle Investment Management

Surrounded by platters of sandwiches, fresh fruit, and cheese, the Young Leaders spent a Wednesday lunchtime with Jon Zehner, Global Co-Head of Client Capital Group at LaSalle Investment Management, to learn more about his life, career and contribution to the ULI. The proud father of a British Army Captain, and undoubtedly European in all but accent, Jon is not your average American. Having spent 28 years at JP Morgan, working across three continents, with a subsequent spell at AREA, Jon joined LaSalle in 2012. He is responsible for capital raising … Read More

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Innovators & Disrupters Series: Build to Rent

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With four fantastic speakers and a great moderator lined up as well as with a particularly challenging yet exciting topic on the agenda, the “Build to Rent” event from the ULI Innovators & Disruptors series on 4th May was bound to be a success. From insights on funding and viability for the Build to Rent sector, through presentations on issues associated with designing and delivering successful BTR schemes in the UK, to a discussion around the numerous questions raised by the audience – all of this helped underpin a truly … Read More

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ULI UK Annual Conference 2017

ULIUK Conference 2017, UBS London, 24th May 2017

How can real estate adjust to the brave new world of tech innovation? With this year’s Urban Land Institute UK’s annual conference hosted at UBS’s new “groundscraper” HQ in Broadgate, an imposing steel-plated building designed around cutting-edge concepts such as “agile hotdesking” tailored to the preferences of the modern worker, it was only apt that much of the day focused on how real estate could respond to shifting employee demands and the profound technological shifts of our time. But perhaps there may not be as much of a shift as … Read More

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Final Homes

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Part of the Innovators and Disrupters series, Final Homes was an interactive discussion with Anne Feikje Weidema, director of the Research Focus Group on Housing for the Elderly at PLP Architecture, on her research on elderly housing in the Netherlands. At the heart of her discussion is the belief that “environments in which we reside and live have an enormous impact on how we experience our lives”. Anne argues that elderly homes today are  not cut out for the next generation of elderly, who are, although aging, also fitter, have longer life … Read More

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Virtual Cities: Gaming Engines & Urban Planning

“How can virtual worlds help us plan for the real world?” Christopher Choa asks in his prelude to the talk. How can the advances in digital simulation, visualisation and AI virtualisation “create new decision-making strategies” by generating, evaluating and analysing different outcomes? Three leaders at the intersection between urban planning and data visualisation step forward to answer these questions. In the first talk of the evening, titled “New digital products and engagement through visualisation and gaming at City Hall”, Smart London Policy and Delivery Officer Stephen Lorimer discusses London’s new Office of Technology … Read More

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ULI UK Sustainability Council Day

Urban Resilience: Health, Circular Economy and Flooding Our urban environment is rapidly evolving to meet the resource, health and climate requirements of the future but are these changes wide spread? Drawing on applied learnings and research from the circular economy, health and flooding, the Sustainability Council Day will bring together multi-disciplinary urban professionals to better understand how best practice is unlocking and delivering urban resilience. The ULI UK Sustainability Council Day – kindly hosted by Sidley Austin, 25 Basinghall St, London EC2V 5HA – will take place on 23rd May 2017. This … Read More

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ULI UK Residential and Infrastructure Council Day

Innovative Finance and Delivery of Social and Affordable Housing at Scale Finance is available and housing demand across our cities are at an all-time high, yet delivery of housing that caters for diverse demographics across our urban realm is not being realised. The ULI UK Infrastructure and Residential Product Councils have observed examples of innovative financing that is or could enable housing to be delivered at scale but as yet have seen limited adoption in the UK. Examples have included: Social and Liquid Bonds Land value capture around infrastructure nodes … Read More

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Jonathan Rose gives Well-Tempered advice

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  Last Tuesday, the Urban Land Institute, in partnership with the Cambridge University Land Society, welcomed guests to a ‘fireside chat’ with Jonathan Rose, author of ‘The Well-Tempered City’, the best-seller looking at what modern science, ancient societies and human nature can all teach us about the future of urban life. Cities have existed for thousands of years, but humanity still has yet to perfect them. The issues they face, from unaffordable housing to unsustainable development, will become all the more pressing as we move into the future, with nearly … Read More

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Rent Acquisition by Design?

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The event on 20th March started with an opening keynote presentation by Professor Paul Cheshire on a research he has been conducting with Dr Gerard Dericks, on rent acquisition by trophy architecture in London’s office market. The presentation began with the question: why are there so few tall buildings in London? Paul Cheshire went on to explain that the reason for this was the UK planning system: it restricts the supply of (office) space, by both height controls and restriction on locations in which offices can be built, and so … Read More

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