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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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Global Palestine – Connected Gaza

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“This is about how a region has developed, how it could evolve, and if there are any lessons that we can apply in other parts of the world – regardless of where they are and what they are doing,” began AECOM Vice President, Christopher Choa. It is with this excitement that he outlines his plans for what seems an impossible project, in which the discourse of disenfranchisement and humanitarian crisis is set aside to showcase Gaza’s extraordinary potential: talented youth, a 40-km waterfront conducive to walking streets and tramways, a … Read More

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UrbaPlan UK: Twenty school tour planned for March 2017

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The UrbanPlan UK Team is off on tour again in March – this time we start in Southampton and finish in Aberdeen. 20 schools will mean we reach another 600 pupils -in just four weeks! We still have a few volunteer spaces available if you are interested in getting involved please contact urbanplan@edcoms.co.uk.

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Lunch & Learn with Todd Lundgren at CallisonRTKL

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In the latest of the Lunch and Learn series the ULI Young Leaders sat down with Todd Lundgren to hear about his career and CallisonRTKL’s participation in the ULI. Todd is the Executive Director and Regional Practice Leader for the UK and Europe at CallisonRTKL. He wanted to be an architect since the age of 15 and said that his family heritage may have played a part. His great grandfather was an architect in New York City and Todd still has some of his original hand drawings. Todd’s architecture degree … Read More

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Lunch & Learn with Roger Madelin, British Land

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On a particularly cold day and in the wake of the US Presidential Elections the day before, there were certainly a lot of heated discussions between the Young Leaders gathered at the Printworks in Canada Water. However, British Land’s Roger Madelin – with his wealth of experience and personal charisma – successfully managed to direct the attention of the YLs back to the present. From his aspirations to become an RAF pilot to being one of the most renowned developers in the country, Roger has always been fascinated by the … Read More

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Gaza Masterplan Event with Christopher Choa, AECOM

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Gaza is one of the contemporary world’s most complex environments. Is this densely populated and contained area a challenge or an opportunity? With 2 million residents, severed from the Palestinian hinterland, bordering Israel, Egypt, and the Mediterranean, how can Gaza manage its own needs while also integrating productively with the region? What can we learn from Gaza that we could apply to other urban areas as well?  Christopher Choa, Director of Cities from AECOM, will present ‘Global Palestine: Connected Gaza’, a recently-completed private-sector initiative that is positioning Gaza and the … Read More

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ULI UK 2017 Mentorship Programme

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The ULI UK Mentorship Programme provides Young Leader members with a valuable opportunity to connect with senior industry leaders, to discuss matters related to real estate and professional development in a confidential and intimate setting. It is also a unique opportunity for mentors to give back and contribute to the future of our industry. This year we have introduced group mentoring to allow more mentees to join the programme and to facilitate networking and knowledge sharing amongst peers. Each group will comprise 4-6 mentees per mentor and an appropriate mix … Read More

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Reflections from ULI UK Sustainability Chair, Jon Lovell

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Well, that was some year! A year of extraordinary paradoxes and contradictions. In truth, I’m still trying to get my head around it, such was the peculiarity of the many events which unfolded. Hot on the heels of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, I headed in to 2016 with a renewed sense of hope and determination. Finally, after years of effort, the world had taken a unanimous stand against one of the defining threats of our time. Political resolve unparalleled in living memory, emboldened by the clarion call from … Read More

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Capital Markets Insights

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Six months on from the UK’s decision to leave the European Union, “Brexit” is still dominating every discussion about UK real estate. The perception at the annual ULI UK Capital Markets Roundtable was that while the UK, and London in particular, will remain a safe haven for global capital in the long term, over the short-to-medium term real estate is in for a painful period. There is still only minimal clarity as to how and when Brexit will be undertaken. But the economic impact it is having, in the form … Read More

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