2022 Emerging Trends in Real Estate® | United States and Canada

Now in its 43rd edition, our annual outlook is one of the most highly regarded reports for the real estate and land use industry. This year, we highlight that flexibility, convenience, and ultimately real estate’s resilience can drive property sector function over the next decade.


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Winners Announced for ULI Annual Housing Awards

The Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing has announced seven winning residential projects for the 2021 Jack Kemp Excellence in Affordable and Workforce Housing Awards, which will be celebrated at the ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago (October 11–14). Meanwhile, affordable and workforce housing policies and programs put in place by the governments of Alexandria, Virginia, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, have been selected as joint winners of the 2021 Urban Land Institute Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards.

Find out more about ULI’s Annual Housing Awards.

What’s Next for Real Estate and the Economy?

ULI brings together a unique hybrid of timely and relevant research, education, and hands-on experience from industry leaders across the globe. With a multidisciplinary network of 45,000-plus members embracing a wide range of interests and specialties, the Institute has something for everyone. In October, tune in to one of the most attended and anticipated events. Be the first to hear three-year forecasts from leading experts at the free members-only ULI Real Estate Economic Forecast webinar. Use source code FALLFORECAST when you join ULI today.

Equitable Investment in Infrastructure and Housing Now Available

A new, more equitable approach to regional planning and investment is critical to enabling economic growth and opportunity, according to a new report co-published by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing and the ULI Curtis Infrastructure Initiative. The summary report includes 10 key takeaways for tackling some of the most critical housing and infrastructure challenges facing the United States.

Read the full report on ULI’s Knowledge Finder.

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 Institute 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.

Just Launched: Expanded Multilingual Capabilities

Knowledge Finder now offers access to ULI content in six languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, and Spanish. Now, Institute members can unlock best practices and knowledge from other members around the world regardless of which of these languages the content originated in. Explore this enhancement on Knowledge Finder today by selecting any of the languages from the drop-down menu in the navigation bar at the top-right of the page. Start exploring.

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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.