ULI Houston News

BHP Houston in Action: Springwoods Village

Note: This article complements the BHP Breakfast Series presentation on Friday, June 30: LEEDing Houston into the future: Sustainable Design and Community Health.   Author: Adele Houghton, Biositu, LLC Health and wellbeing are increasingly thought of in the real estate sector as synonymous with high quality construction. As a result, market forces have begun to reward developments that incorporate Building Healthy Places (BHP) principles. The most recent example of this trend in Houston is Springwoods Village, a 1,800-acre master planned, mixed-use community developed by Coventry Development Corporation. Located in the … Read More

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ULI Texas Forum Report: Public Private Partnerships Fuel Downtown Development

  Originally posted: By CAMILLE GARCIA JUNE 16, 2017 / Rivard Report It’s been about eight years since former Mayor Julián Castro coined the phrase “Decade of Downtown,” referring to “the decade when downtown San Antonio comes back to life.” Since then downtown has become a hotbed of development, with housing, mixed-use structures, retail, and restaurants repopulating the area. Besides sparking the public’s interest in making downtown a better place to live, work, and play, public-private partnerships between the City and developers have made this progress possible, Assistant City Manager Lori Houston said at the Urban Land Institute … Read More

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Is a Healthy Development a Better Investment? Using HIAs to Quantify Health Benefits

Co-Authors: Adele Houghton, Biositu, LLC; Ellen Schwaller, SOPHIA The Value of Quantifying Health Health, wellness, and quality of life have become recognized buzzwords in the real estate industry over the past few years, often paired with environmental sustainability. The benefits of incorporating health and wellness amenities into a development’s story are many and clear. For example, workplaces with healthy indoor air can increase productivity and reduce absenteeism. Providing opportunities for active living and recreation can increase marketability and sale/rental prices in residential and mixed-use developments. Similarly, establishing a relationship with … Read More

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Overheard at ULI Houston’s Building Healthy Places series breakfast “Two-Wheel Society”

In its second event in the ULI Building Healthy Places breakfast series, Beth White, president, and CEO of Houston Parks Board moderated the discussion on the future of bicycle infrastructure planning in the Greater Houston Area. The standing room only event hosted an audience comprised of service providers, management district members, and developers as the panel of experts discussed bicycle advocacy, public sector, private sector, public safety, urban planning, economic development and Houston connectivity all play a part in making multi-modality happen. Additionally, the conversation turned to the recently-passed Bike … Read More

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BHP Local Spotlight: Cycling in Houston

Co-Authors: Adele Houghton, Biositu, LLC Ellen Schwaller, Harris County Public Health Building Healthy Places Spotlight: Cycling in Houston In spite of decades of auto-centric policy and funding priorities, Houston has made strides over the past few years to encourage cycling. While the motivations behind these efforts are varied, it is clear that positive health outcomes could be one result of a more cycle-friendly city.  Having adequate bicycle infrastructure has economic benefits, as well. According to the AARP, having designated bicycle lanes and infrastructure has shown to improve business through increased … Read More

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Texas Forum

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REGISTER NOW  ULI San Antonio is excited to welcome Urban Land Institute members from across Texas to share our newest development projects, as well as what’s coming next as San Antonio prepares to celebrate its Tricentennial in 2018. From Pearl to Southtown, La Cantera to Hemisfair, this 2-day event will be packed with multiple project tours, engaging speakers, and terrific networking opportunities. The newly restored St. Anthony Hotel, San Antonio’s historic grand hotel located in the heart of downtown across from Travis Park, will be our host hotel. This event has … Read More

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Recap: Achieving Inclusive Leadership

Organized by Houston’s ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) committee, our latest Leadership Luncheon focused on “Achieving Inclusive Leadership in the Real Estate Industry.”  The Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) within ULI was formed to focus on the following objectives: Promote the advancement of women, throughout their careers, as leaders in the real estate industry. Increase the number of women who serve in leadership positions in the real estate industry and in ULI. Increase the visibility and diversity of women leaders in the real estate industry and in ULI. Increase the number … Read More

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2017 Development of Distinction Winners!

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE HOUSTON ANNOUNCES 2017 DEVELOPMENT OF DISTINCTION WINNERS HOUSTON – January 24, 2017 – The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and ten-year Presenting Sponsor Winstead tonight honored the 2017 finalists and some 61 honorees and winners over the last decade of the organization’s annual Development of Distinction Awards. The Development of Distinction awards program is the centerpiece of ULI’s efforts to recognize developments and public open spaces that exemplify best practices in design, construction, economic viability, healthy places, marketing and management and is modeled … Read More

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Urban Land Institute Hosts Panel on Technology Changes in Retail

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The technology of the future, such as register-free grocery stores, may be coming soon to an area near you, but local business leaders are not sure it is a good idea for the average Houstonian. During a December 6 luncheon hosted by the Urban Land Institute, retail executives from across Houston gathered to discuss the effect that coming modern technologies, such as driverless cars and high density, mixed-use developments will have on Houston – and whether they are in fact desired by Houstonians. The panel discussed how local preferences will … Read More

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Leadership Lunchon VIDEO: Future of Retail

Missed our December Leadership Luncheon about Future of Retail? Hear our panelists discuss how they work to remain relevant, how they are working with new technology and what they see in our future. Are we ready for what technology will bring? Watch it now!

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