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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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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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A workspace or a social experience? A tour of Sky Central

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Author: Rob Enright, Blackstock PR Last month a small group of ULI members had the privilege to tour the tallest commercial timber structure in the UK. Neil Usher, Director of Workplace at Sky, Wayne McKiernan, of PLP Architecture, and Arup’s Carolina Bartram guided the group through a structure that really is a social experience. The building is a modern, people-centric workplace. The tour took us through a 37,700m2 building that has been designed to encourage flexibility, openness, ease of access and communication. Along the way we journeyed through 18 ‘neighbourhoods’ … Read More

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Speakers Confirmed for ULI UK Annual Conference

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Registrations are now open for the 2017 ULI UK Annual Conference on 24 May 2017. This flagship real estate investment and development conference will showcase highlights from the ULI UK programme and feature industry experts to share knowledge and provoke debate.  Confirmed speakers include Madeleine Cosgrave, GIC; Craig McWilliam, Grosvenor; Martina Malone, Prologis; Dale Lattanzio, DRC Capital; Duncan Swinhoe, Gensler; Ross Bailey, Appearhere; John Barakat, M&G Investments and Christina Gaw, Gaw Capital.  Click here for a copy of the programme and a full list of speakers. The conference, hosted by … 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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2017 – Maintaining the balance or a time for bold moves?

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Scotland cities like all UK cities moved down the ULI/PwC European Emerging Trends in Real Estate rating however, investment sentiment remains higher than London (no. 27) with Edinburgh rated 24th. Residential markets (housing, PRS, student housing and aged care) top the 10 investment opportunity areas however, a focus on asset performance and ‘customer’ engagement indicates there may be limited market movement. Liz Waller, ULI UK Executive Director provided a snapshot of the 2017 report findings which like last year raised the challenge of uncertainty but also looked forward towards an … Read More

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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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