Building Healthy Places

Urban Mobility: 10 Cities Leading the Way in Asia-Pacific

urban-mobility-report-coverAs inner-city congestion increases owing to populations rise, a new publication from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) sets out how 10 cities in Asia-Pacific are developing solutions to this pressing challenge. Urban Mobility: 10 Cities Leading the Way in Asia Pacific was launched at the 2017 ULI Asia Pacific Summit in Singapore.

The report analyses each city’s strategic plans and bold implementation of mobility projects. The ten cities in the report are

  • Seoul, South Korea;
  • Shanghai, China;
  • Singapore;
  • Suwon, South Korea;
  • Taipei, Taiwan;
  • Tokyo, Japan;
  • Bandung, Indonesia;
  • Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam;
  • Sydney, Australia and
  • Yangon,

While each of these 10 cities has its own set of problems, they all share a common goal: to establish a sustainable mobility system. The benefits of such a system are diverse: reduced congestion and stress, improved quality of the environment, healthier choices and expanded development opportunities, which will enhance the lives of the people, both physically and mentally.

Creating Liveable Cities Through Car-Lite Urban Mobility

Creating Liveable Cities Through Car-lite Urban Mobility represents the latest collaboration between the Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). The study analyses the range of non-private car transportation options, including active mobility, shared cars, and autonomous vehicles, that will allow cities to become more ‘car-lite’ so that people can enjoy environmental, social and economic benefits at the same time.

10 ideas are proposed to prepare cities for a ‘car-lite’ urban mobility future. These ideas cut across multiple disciplines and stakeholder interests, ranging from integrating urban planning with transportation, managing car park supply and demand, to changing cultural mindsets. Above all, the study advocates a people-oriented and multi-stakeholder collaborative approach for urban and transport decisions in order to sustain the paradigm shift towards a ‘car-lite’ future.

The publication offers valuable guidance to Singapore and other cities facing similar challenges.

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Building Healthy Places Toolkit

ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment outlines evidence-supported opportunities for enhancing health outcomes in real estate developments.

Developers, owners, property managers, designers, investors, and others involved in real estate decision making can use the report’s recommendations and strategies to create places that contribute to healthier people and communities, and to enhance and preserve value by meeting growing desires for health-promoting places.

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Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places

Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places distills lessons learned from the three Advisory Services panels ULI conducted in the spring of 2013 as well as insights from a workshop attended by experts from a variety of fields.

The report from ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative sets out ten important principles that can be used to create a new approach to building healthy communities. The principles in the report, if acted upon, will help people live longer, more productive lives, re­duce unhealthy lifestyles, help improve a community’s competitive advantages, and allow developers, investors, local governments, and citizens to prosper in the 21st century.

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Creating Healthy Cities though Active Mobility

Active-Mobility_cover_160Creating Healthy Places through Active Mobility, a collaborative research project between the Centre for Liveable Cities and Urban Land Institute, explores why and how we should make our urban environment friendlier to walking and cycling. In this book, which publishes the findings of that research, we discuss infrastructure design and policies of cities such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, New York, Seoul and Taipei which have adopted active mobility as central to their trans formative strategies for building healthy, vibrant, and liveable cities. The book also presents ideas for promoting active mobility based on workshops led by global expert Jan Gehl.

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Building for Wellness: The Business Case


Does wellness make business sense as a development objective? How have developers pursued this objective? What has the market response been? And how have developers measured their success?

To answer these questions, Building for Wellness: The Business Case highlights 13 projects of varying product type and scale that were developed with health and wellness in mind. In a series of profiles, developers share their motivation for incorporating a variety of health and wellness features, how these features factored into the overall development and operations process, and how the market has responded.

Projects profiled include:

  • ECO Modern Flats, Fayetteville, AR (Specialized Real Estate Group)
  • nnovation Park, Charlotte, NC (BECO South LLC)
  • 1221 Broadway, San Antonio, TX (AREA Real Estate)
  • Jackson Walk, Jackson, TN (Healthy Community LLC)
  • The Century Building, Pittsburgh, PA (TREK Development Group)
  • Via6, Seattle, WA (Pine Street Group LLC)
  • The Interlace, Singapore (CapitaLand Singapore Limited)
  • Park 20|20, Haarlemmermeer, Netherlands (Delta Development Group)
  • Via Verde, New York, NY (Phipps Houses, Jonathan Rose Companies)
  • Grow Community, Bainbridge Island, WA (Asani Development)
  • Selandra Rise, Casey, Australia (Stockland)
  • Rancho Sahuarita, Tucson, AZ (Sharpe & Associates, Inc.)
  • Mueller, Austin, TX (Catellus)

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Infrastructure 2014Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City

Infrastructure 2014: Shaping the Competitive City is the eighth in a series of annual reports from the Urban Land Institute and EY.

Infrastructure 2014, based on a survey of approximately 440 top public and real estate leaders from around the world, assesses the role of infrastructure in supporting and attracting metropolitan real estate investment and supporting urban prosperity, and identifies key infrastructure investment priorities and bottlenecks.

Among the findings in Infrastructure 2014:

  • Good infrastructure is a key driver of where real estate investment dollars go;
  • Improving the quality of public transit, roads and bridges, and pedestrian infrastructure is among survey respondents’ highest priorities;
  • The public’s willingness to pay for infrastructure is a top factor that will shape infrastructure over the next decade;
  • Funding and financing for infrastructure are seen as resting on cooperation between developers and local governments; and
  • Long-term maintenance and operations of infrastructure are oft-neglected considerations, and concern public and private leaders alike.

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Infrastructure 2013: Global Priorities, Global Insights

This is the seventh in a series of global infrastructure reports produced by the Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young. The report assesses the state of infrastructure globally, connecting strong infrastructure investment decisions to national and metropolitan prosperity.


  • Up-to-date information on the latest infrastructure investment trends, challenges, and innovations;
  • Coverage of the Americas, Europe/Middle East/Africa, and the Asia Pacific region;
  • Informative charts and graphs;
  • Highlights of transformative infrastructure investments from around the world; and
  • Insights from the infrastructure field’s leading experts and thinkers.

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Typhoon Yolanda and Tacloban, Philippines – Initial Review Report

Natural disasters occur frequently in the Philippines and other countries in the region. As one of the principles in ULI’s Ten Principles for Metro Manila’s New Urban Core, “being prepared” is essential to ensure that the devastation caused by natural disasters is minimized. With concern growing over the impact of climate change, it is good to understand the importance of resiliency and livability in addition to sustainability. Cities and communities that are vulnerable to natural disasters should learn from each other and be better prepared to prevent loss of lives and to minimize damage to property, businesses, and people’s economic livelihoods.

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Cooling Campaign for China Residential Market Reaches Point of Inflection at Time of Political Transition

China has recently completed a once in a decade leadership change which may alter the government’s approach to residential real estate policy. In this report, Andrew Ness, Lead Research Consultant for ULI Asia Pacific, discusses some of the challenges the new leadership in China faces as it relates to the residential real estate markets and the policy tools the government has at its disposal.

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