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Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate

Scorched Report 201909

Extreme heat is the most widespread and deadly weather-related hazard in the United States, and it is worsening due to both climate change and urban development patterns. It is a complex problem that has significant impacts on human health, and the built environment offers numerous opportunities for mitigation.

Scorched: Extreme Heat and Real Estate outlines how extreme heat will affect the real estate and land use sectors and highlights the leadership and the potential positive impact of the real estate sector in implementing “heat-resilient” building designs and land uses. The report provides an overview of extreme heat’s connections to the built environment and an in-depth discussion of heat mitigation and adaptation strategies related to building design, building materials, green infrastructure and public space design. These strategies can “future-proof” real estate in vulnerable markets; lower operations and management costs; improve tenant and occupant experience; and otherwise differentiate a real estate project.

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Futureproofing Real Estate from Climate Risks: New ULI Research in Partnership with Heitman

How does climate change currently impact real estate investment decision-making? What are the emerging best practices for investment managers, institutional investors and others to identify and mitigate new and unprecedented risks?

Many assets held by real estate investors are in cities vulnerable to the effects of climate change – ranging from more intense and frequent weather events such as hurricanes, typhoons, and wildfires to more gradual changes such as sea-level rise or shifting weather patterns.

ULI partnered with Heitman, a global real estate investment management firm, to assess the potential impacts of climate change on the long-term viability of real estate assets. Derived from a series of interviews with leading institutional investors, investment managers, investment consultants and others, the report provides members with an inside look at how real estate investors are factoring climate risk into their investment decision-making and management processes.

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Sharing Global Best Practices – Sustainable Communities

The “Sharing Global Best Practices – Sustainable Communities” by ULI China Mainland was initially funded by ULI Foundation’s Urban Innovation Grant awarded in October, 2014. Subsequently, the project received further support from ULI member companies and ULI members based in Shanghai as well as Architecture 2030 and Green Building Professional Partnership (GBPP).

Based on the recommendations of the first workshop conducted with Shanghai-based ULI members, ULI China Mainland produced case study reports on 1) increasing urban density – Arlington, Virginia, U.S., 2) ULI Greenprint Center, and 3) ULI Reality Check. These reports produced in the fall of 2015 in English and Chinese were distributed in various ULI and real estate industry events and also served as key reference materials in ULI events, most notably in product council meetings in December, 2015 as part of the ULI China Mainland Winter Meeting held in Shanghai in December, 2015.

In addition, the project culminated in a half-day seminar in Shanghai on June 14, 2016. The articles included in this report were submitted by the speakers in the seminar. The seminar was jointly organized by ULI Chinese Mainland, Architecture 2030, and GBPP. It is intended that the report will be distributed in future events organized and/or participated by any of the co-organizers and serve as an important reference material in such events.

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Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon

CoverA report on the proceedings from an international conference held in Yangon, Myanmar January 15-17, 2015 entitled Building the Future: The Role of Heritage in the Sustainable Development of Yangon. The event brought together Myanmar government officials, international experts, nonprofit representatives, and members of the media in an effort to advance a dialogue about how to integrate heritage with development in Yangon. The report includes recommendations for creating sustainable development policies that utilize heritage conservation to achieve physical, economic and social benefits. World Monuments Fund and the Yangon Heritage Trust hosted the event, with generous support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, Asian Cultural Council, and several individual donors.

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Ten Principles for Urban Regeneration – Making Shanghai a Better City

Urban RegenerationThe urban regeneration study produced by ULI China Mainland aims to offer several basic directions for bettering Shanghai. All of the principles discussed herein share
the same greater directive: urban regeneration should better the physical, social, and economic fabric of society. A city is not its buildings but rather a collection of interlocked pieces – its culture, public space, infrastructure, government,
natural resources, and more. When these pieces are managed well, integrated with fluidity, and encouraged to thrive, they better the quality of their inhabitants’ lives.

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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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Creating Resilient and Livable Cities

PCSI_report_cover_160A new Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) report published by Urban Land Institute and Asia Society presents practical strategies for cities seeking to become more resilient and more livable.

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Tomorrow’s City Today

PSCI_Forum_coverNew report produced by Urban Land Institute and Asia Society showcasing inspiring and innovative ideas from experts at the 2013 Pacific Cities Sustainability Initiative (PCSI) Forum.

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Ten Principles for Sustainable Development of Metro Manila’s New Urban Core

Place making, better urban mobility, increased resilience to natural disasters, affordable housing policies and engaging with an empowered population are among some of the recommendations in a new Urban Land Institute (ULI) report on the development of Metro Manila.

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10 Principles for Liveable High Density Cities

Innovative planning, design and development practices that emphasize a “people-first” focus can help ensure that rapid urbanization does not compromise liveability and sustainability, according to a new publication 10 Principles for Liveable High Density Cities: Lessons from Singapore by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Singapore’s Centre for Liveable Cities (CLC).

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Ten Principles for a Sustainable Approach to New Development

Ten Principles for a Sustainable Approach to New Development examines how to better connect Hong Kong’s large-scale developments to street life. According to the report, the massive scale of the podium-style developments have increasingly lost their functional relationship to the urban street grid, often resulting in the isolation of land uses.

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Seven Principles of New Macau Urbanism

Is there another place such as Macau in this world? Perhaps overlooked at times, it is an exotic, vibrant, fast growing city uniquely merging the confluence of preserved historical districts, surrounded by the South China Sea, the largest integrated resort gaming business in the world, and a wonderfully iconoclast place of Chinese and Portuguese residents, with an explosion of International visitors…

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