Category Archives: Trends Conference 2015

ULI Washington 2015 Trends: Regional Leaders Search for Common Solutions

New restaurant scenes and town centers, highly amenitized multifamily rental projects, flocking Millenials, coworking spaces, innovative startups, biotech, cyber are some of the buzzwords floating around our region. The Washington, D.C. region is facing unprecedented challenges to its economy as the federal government retrenches, office space per worker shrinks, and our labor force takes on different characteristics. What do leaders in the region think? How are they preparing for the opportunities and challenges ahead, and how might they work together to achieve regional goals for future prosperity. MODERATOR • Jennifer … Read More

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ULI Washington 2015 Trends: Awards

ULI Washington announced the winners for its first annual Real Estate Trends Conference Awards Program, a newly added conference component that highlights innovative development under way in the Metropolitan Washington Region. The six distinctive award categories recognize innovative projects, policies, and initiatives that contribute to the enhancement of vibrant neighborhoods, exemplify creative problem solving, and celebrate visionary thinking. Winners in each category are as follows: Excellence in Housing Development Arlington Mill Community | Senior Center and Residences; Arlington, VA Developer:  Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH) Public Sector Partners:  Arlington … Read More

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ULI 2015 Trends: Passion, Purpose, Culture and Happiness

Achieving the theme of this year’s Trends conference, Common Ground, depends primarily on people working in harmony for the common good so that all citizens of our region can be lifted up and successful. One ingredient that can contribute to our success is happiness. Zappos, the Internet company that has consistently been on Fortune’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list has at the core of its corporate culture the desire to create science-based happiness, passion, and purpose at work, home, and in our communities. Jenn Lim is the Chief … Read More

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ULI 2015 Trends: Making Connections to Thrive in a Virtual World

According to Michael Rogers, who kicked off the conference, futurism is not really about the future but about the act of stimulating creative thoughts about the future that, in turn, influences how we act today. What will the near future look like with the robotization of blue collar and white collar jobs? How will technology make location more optional and lead to the rise of second and third tier cities? He is a different kind of futurist—one who combines real business experience with technology skills. His recent work has ranged from serving … Read More

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ULI Washington 2015 Trends: From Eyesore to Eye Candy: When Aging Infrastructure Gets a Make Over Recap

Speakers: Kassie Hilgert – President and CEO of ArtsQuest Scott Kratz –Executive Director of The 11th Street Bridge Park Jamie Hand –Director of Research Strategies for ArtPlace America  ULI Washington had the opportunity to hear from three “geeks” involved in successful projects that create value from aging infrastructure and underutilized public space.  This panel explored the ways that arts and place-based investments are valuable public amenities. The moderator – Geoffrey Anderson, President and CEO of Smart Growth America reminded everyone that the current trend in choosing where people want to live is majorly influenced by available neighborhood amenities … Read More

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ULI Washington 2015 Trends: How Did They Pay for That? The Wharf and City Market at O: Two Transformational Projects in the District Recap

Moderator: Matt Klein, President of Akridge Panel Members: Armond Spikell, Founding Principal of Roadside Development Monty Hoffman, Founder and CEO of PN Hoffman David Brainerd, Chief Investment Officer of Madison Marquette Keeping with the theme of “Common Ground,” the Capital Markets panel featured the developers of two transformational projects in the District of Columbia, City Market at O and The Wharf. City Market at O (“City Market”) represents the revitalization of a two city block area in the Shaw neighborhood that was the O Street Market, which was originally constructed … Read More

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ULI Washington 2015 Trends: Reimagining the District: Union Station’s 2nd Century Recap

Panelists: Moderator: David Winstead Panelist: Tony Williams – Federal City Council Panelist: David Zaidan – Amtrak Panelist: Shyam Kannan – WMATA Panelist: David Tuchmann – Akridge Since its inception, Union Station has served as the gateway into the District connecting thousands of passengers on their way into and around the city. As the busiest Metro station in the District and 2nd busiest Amtrak station in the country, it’s a bustling transportation hub that sees nearly 100,000 passengers daily on their way to work, play and home. However, it is also … Read More

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ULI Washington 2015 Trends: Creative Collisions: Defining Innovation District Demand

Jennifer Vey (Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, The Brookings Institution), opened the panel by defining an innovation district. These districts are geographic areas where leading-edge anchor institutions (research universities, research-oriented medical hospitals) and companies cluster and connect with start-ups, business incubators, and accelerators. They are also physically compact, transit-accessible, and technically wired and offer mixed-use housing, office, and retail. She showed a fantastic short video [insert video link] focusing on the new geography where innovation takes place—where people and ideas come together not in isolated spaces, but in highly connected places. … Read More

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ULI Washington 2015 Trends: Economists Duel on Common Ground Panel Recap

Moderator: Alyson Bode, Senior Market Research Manager for AvalonBay Speakers: John Sikaitis – Managing Director of Office Research and Local Markets Research for the Americas at JLLNathan Edwards – Director of Research for DTZ Dr. Jed Smith – Managing Director Quantitative Research at National Association of Realtors  ULI Washington was fortunate to have three of the top minds in market economics address the pressing questions of today and provide an outlook on where we are going in the months and years to come.   Each of the presenters were asked in … Read More

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ULI Washington 2015 Trends: Creative and Pro-Creative: What will the Millennials do next? Recap

Moderator:  Yolanda Cole, Sr. Principal Hickok Cole Architects Panelists:  Mildred Warner, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University; Sarah Snider Komppa, Architect and Planner, Tryba Architects, Dener, Colorado; and Vicki Davis, President, Urban Atlantic, Washington, DC  You’ve heard a lot about Millennials – about their collaborative approach to work, their search for authenticity and about their preferences for great food and city living. We have built thousands of apartment units and expanded entertainment options, and they just keep coming. But who is talking about what happens when they … Read More

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