Category Archives: Trends Conference (2014)

2014 Trends: Innovative Design * (Data Analysis + IoT) = Smart Everything: How smart design & the Internet of Things are redefining our relationship with the spaces and places around us.

By Jessica Itzel Imagine walking through your door after a long day and, like an old friend, your light fixtures read your facial expression and adapt to your particular mood. Or picture a grocery store shelf that restocks itself based on patterns of consumer purchasing behavior. Until recently, innovations like these seemed futuristic, but with more connected devices than humans in the world today, the emergence of the Internet of Things has enabled these ideas to become reality. Internet-enabled devices and the smart systems that power them collect and manipulate … Read More

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2014 Trends: Capital Markets SHARK TANK: A Peek into the Investment Committee

By Jennifer Bottomley This session was one of the most entertaining I’ve seen in a long time.  Worthy of being compared to reality TV it had it all – humor, suspense, intelligence, innovation and of course a surprise ending. Expertly moderated by Simon Ziff (Ackman-Ziff Real Estate Group), the “tank” included: Michael Cooper (Brandywine Realty Trust); Alex Gilbert (Artemis Real Estate Partners); Matt Kelly (The JBG Companies); and Mark Shoenfeld (The Carlyle Group). First up in front of the sharks was Rick deGorter from the Linked Economic Development and Affordable … Read More

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2014 Trends: We Are Family


By Michael Polaski Three prominent Washington, DC real estate family pairs representing The Bozzuto Group, The Shooshan Company, Western Development Corporation and Fundrise came together for a panel discussion entitled “Generations – All in the Family?” at the annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Washington Real Estate Trends Conference held on April 3, 2014.  Moderators Robin Mosle, Vice President for Retail at The JBG Companies, and Alison Mosle Williams, Project Manager for The Bozzuto Group, led the generational discussion of how the transition between generations affects their companies and products. The … Read More

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2014 Trends: Building Healthy Places

Building Healthy Places

By Matthew Blocher Moderator: Ed McMahon, Senior Fellow, ULI Panelists: Whitney Austin Gray, PhD, Health Research and Innovation Director, Cannon Design Dana Pillai, Executive Director, Delos Labs Laura Cole, Vice President of Marketing, Willowsford, LLC Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment.  Traditional real estate development practices often foster sedentary habits.    From health care facilities to urban agriculture and beyond, healthy places are being designed, built and programmed to support the physical, mental and social well being of the people who live, work, learn … Read More

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2014 Trends: Placemaking for the New Demographic

By Matthew Blocher Moderator: Keith O’Conner, Principal, James Corner Field Operations Panelists: Harriet Tregoning, Director, HUD Office of Economic Resilience Kaid Benfield, Special Counsel for Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) Deborah Ratner Salzberg, President, Forest City Washington, Inc. This session examined a variety of questions about how lifestyle changes are impacting design and use of public spaces.  From pop-up places to the repurposing of land to create new spaces – there are definite trends in creating new and exciting gathering places.  Changing demographic and consumer preferences are affecting … Read More

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Trends 2014: Hospitality: Where Lifestyle Stays


By Emily Washington While the growth of boutique and lifestyle hotels has been a key trend in the hospitality industry in recent years, the defining features of these hotels remain elusive. Panelists at ULI Washington’s Real Estate Trends Conference last week explored the defining features of these unique hotels along with their role in meeting changing market demand. Nelson Migdal, co-chair hospitality group and shareholder of Greenberg Traurig, LLP moderated the panel, featuring David Pollin, co-founder of the Buccini/Pollin Group, Deanna Francl, principal at Gensler, and Timothy Grisius, senior vice … Read More

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By Leslie Braunstein Successful residential development requies customers, cost containment, and capital. In a Trends conference panel moderated by RCLCO’s Adam Ducker, local housing market trends and issues were discussed by JP Morgan’s Allina Boohoff, EYA’s Bob Youngentob, and James Nozar of The JBG Companies. Take-aways included the following: The harsh winter of 2013-14 drastically reduced traffic, sales, and rentals, but the market is improving along with the weather. While much of the new product is geared to millennials and single professionals, empty nesters comprise an untapped and little understood … Read More

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