2019 Thought Leadership Webinars

An exclusive Corporate Member benefit – these 15-minute presentations allow firms to share a new concept, idea, best practice or case study via a webinar session across the ULI Asia Pacific platform.

2019 Thought Leadership Webinar Series

Webinar 1: Special Administrative Economic Zone – Van Don, Vietnam – with CallisonRTKL
16 January 2019

With a 2,000 year history as a maritime gateway to Vietnam, this 2,200 square kilometer SAEZ is one of the largest in the world and certainly one of the most aspirational. Composed of 600 islands near Ha Long Bay and close to the China border, thirty islands of Van Don are slated for tourism development plus one large island for mixed use development, including a new international airport, aircity duty free zone, high tech business park, creative services village, and international finance \ world trade center. The master plan for 45,000 ha. of developable land and a 2050 population of 1 million people was recently completed with a focus on ‘investability.’

This 15-minute ULI webinar was presented by Diane Legge, Vice President, CallisonRTKL and she reviewed the key components of the Van Don SAEZ, the challenges of implementation, and the opportunities for investment.

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Webinar 2: A Case Study of Wuhan’s Yangtze Riverfront Park with Sasaki 
6 March 2019

The Yangtze is Asia’s longest river and drains one-fifth of China’s land area. Revered as the “mother river,” it has nurtured China’s history, culture, and economy since the dawn of civilization. But the relationship between the people and the river has, in recent years, grown tense. Despite unprecedented advancements in engineering, major cities along the Yangtze increasingly suffer from mounting flooding damage—demonstrating that the river is far from tamable.

Wuhan’s Yangtze Riverfront Park leverages the river’s dynamic flooding to nurture a rich regional ecology, reinforces Wuhan’s traditional identity and wisdom derived from living alongside this ever-changing river, and creates a dynamic recreational experience which is acutely attuned to the rise and fall of the Yangtze’s waters, proving that—despite seasonal flooding—the river is one of the city’s most valuable resources.

This 15-minute ULI webinar was presented by Michael Grove, Chair of Landscape Architecture, Civil Engineering, & Ecology, Sasaki and Tao Zhang, Principal, Sasaki.

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Webinar 3: Death of the Central Business District presented by Arup
20 March 2019

The changing landscape of work and blurring of boundaries between homes and workplaces are altering not just buildings but also our streets. Despite the evolution of work as an extension of our lifestyles, cities continue to approach urbanism using traditional methodologies. Against the backdrop of automation, can business centres encompass a more dynamic mix of uses? How do we go beyond zoning for design to connect people, their lifestyles and changing spatial and cultural needs? Is the Central Business District (CBD), a 20th century remnant, still relevant today?

This 15-minute webinar was presented by Chintan Raveshia, City Design Leader of Arup, drawing on examples from Singapore and London, and key concepts from walkability to space activation, to anticipate urban trends and visualise how a CBD would increasingly look like for the 21st century workforce.

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Webinar 4: Uncovering the relationships between Health and our Environment with HKS
17 April 2019

We spend 90% of our time indoors, yet relatively little is known about how health and wellbeing outcomes are impacted by ambient conditions and design features of our built environment.

This 15-minute webinar was presented by Casey Lindberg, a senior design researcher with HKS who provided an overview of two current programs of investigation, each attempting to uncover relationships between health and our environment: Wellbuilt for Wellbeing, and HKS Living Labs. Wellbuilt for Wellbeing, funded by the US General Services Administration, explores how US federal office spaces affect workers’ physical activity and physiological stress responses. HKS Living Labs are ecosystems committed to a culture of testing, evaluating, and evolving to meet the changing needs of all stakeholders. Living Labs layer qualitative and quantitative methods to meet human outcome, business, and building performance goals. He explored case studies from the HKS offices in Chicago and London during this session.

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Webinar 5: Exploring 5 Core Themes to Shape Real Estate Investment with Knight Frank
25 September 2019

With GDP growth slowing, trade wars taking their toll, and other indicators turning  negative, many analysts are suggesting a global recession may be on the horizon – in footballing terms, we are now into ‘extra time’. During this webinar, Neil Brookes, Head of Capital Markets Asia Pacific, Knight Frank, will discuss investment strategies suitable for the late-cycle environment, looking in particular at five themes destined to shape the next phase of global real estate investment. He will also cover an outlook for global real estate investment flows, new sources of value in both asset classes and geographies, and explore how investors are today increasingly morphing into service providers.

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Webinar 6: US-China Trade War and Impacts on Asian Commercial Real Estate with Colliers
9 October 2019

In this edition of the ULI Asia Pacific Thought Leadership Webinar series, we are joined by Andrew Haskins, Executive Director of Research in Asia Pacific at Colliers where he will share his insights on the impacts to Asian Commercial Real Estate resulting from the US and China Trade War. What does it mean for Asia, where are the opportunities and how should we mitigate risks?

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Webinar 7: District Energy System – A Key Venue for Improving Sustainable Urban Development and Operations with Engie China
6 November 2019

Our world is rapidly urbanizing. Cities account for about 75% of energy use and 70% of greenhouse gas emissions. Buildings are the single largest users of energy in urban areas, with heating and cooling responsible for the vast majority of energy use. To fight against increasingly fraught energy and environmental challenges, sustainable heating and cooling systems have been developed. These systems distribute hot and cold air generated in central plants using one or more energy supply sources via an underground piping network to industrial, commercial and residential buildings.

This webinar presented by Ben Schwegler, Chief Scientist of ENGIE Lab China and Oscar Loza, Senior Vice President of ENGIE China introduced an innovative data-driven solution and the firm’s experience and vision.

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Webinar 8: The latest Capital Flows and Trends in the Real Estate Market in Asia with DLA Piper
4 December 2019

The real estate industry in Asia enjoyed a steady growth in 2018. This year, however, poses some new and unprecedented set of challenges. Real estate investors are becoming more cautious about their choice of assets with the impact of possibly tighter access to credit, uncertain outlook for Hong Kong, U.S.- China trade conflict, Brexit in the UK and the global economic downturn.

In this webinar, Susheela Rivers, Co-Chair of Global Real Estate Sector and Office Managing Partner for Hong Kong, DLA Piper discussed the current real estate market trends in key jurisdictions in Asia and the key factors affecting the demand on both residential and commercials properties. She also shared the very latest insights on the investment strategies among Asian real estate investors in various asset classes.

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