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2021 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development Winner: Jonathan F.P. Rose

One of the housing industry’s most respected practitioners of green, affordable and mixed income community development, Jonathan F.P. Rose, has been named the 2021 recipient of the ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. The $100,000 ULI Prize recognizes an individual who has made a distinguished contribution to community building globally, who has established visionary standards of excellence in the land use and development field, and whose commitment to creating the highest-quality built environment has led to the betterment of society. Read more.

ULI Foundation Announces $1 Million Gift to Launch Effort to Decarbonize Cities

Owen Thomas, CEO of Boston Properties Inc. and former Global Chair of ULI, is donating $1 million to launch the Net Zero Imperative, which will convene ULI members to develop ideas and strategies for decarbonizing the built environment.

The Net Zero Imperative will sponsor Technical Assistance Panels in multiple locations worldwide each year, bringing together public and private sector leaders to develop a roadmap to accelerate decarbonization efforts for the panel sponsors and the greater community. Find out more.

Nashville, Tennessee: Restoring Nashville’s Birthplace

On December 25, 2020, a bomb exploded on Second Avenue in downtown Nashville, causing significant damage and destruction to over 40 buildings and displacing local residents and businesses. Decisive and inclusive recovery is possible according to a new report from the Urban Land Institute. The report is based on observations and recommendations from an all-volunteer panel of industry experts convened in March 2021 to advise the city through ULI’s Advisory Services program.

Read the full report on ULI’s Knowledge Finder.

Proptech: Changing the Way Real Estate is Done Now Available

As the “internet of things” (IoT), the “cloud,” mobile devices, and, more recently, 5G have expanded the potential for innovation, market attention turned toward new applications for the untapped market of the real estate industry. Proptech: Changing the Way Real Estate is Done explores the level and profile of real estate companies’ most recent activity—within roughly the last three years—in integrating the quickly growing and changing property technology (proptech) industry.

Read the full report on ULI’s Knowledge Finder. 

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Final Showdown – UrbanPlan National Competition
In 2020, ULI held its first-ever UrbanPlan National Student Competition. Ten teams of high school students who completed UrbanPlan in 2020 at school joined. They went through the UrbanPlan exercise again but responded to an additional set of criteria from the city that prompted them to consider COVID-19 and its impact on a community.