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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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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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Winner of ULI UK Academic Prize

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This year’s ULI UK Academic Prize, awarded in partnership with The Journal of Economic Geography (JOEG) and Oxford University Press, has been awarded to Tom Kemeny, Southampton University and Maryann Feldman, Frank Ethridge, and Ted Zoller, University of North Carolina for their paper on The Economic Value of Local Social Networks The Urban Land Institute/Journal of Economic Geography (JOEG) prize is awarded annually to the author(s) of the best JOEG paper published online in the previous calendar year.  Information on previous year’s winners. To be eligible for the prize, the … 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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UrbanPlan Reaches 1,300 students

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ULI’s educational outreach programme, UrbanPlan, has reached 1,300 students in 60 schools across the UK with the help of over 300 industry volunteers. Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and volunteers we have reached this milestone in just two years and have received a phenomenal level of positive feedback both from the school staff and students. We are particularly proud of the engagement from the students. As well as increasing awareness and understanding of the built environment, we hope the programme might also encourage some of these bright … 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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