Public Health and Real Estate: Resources on COVID-19

On March 11, 2020 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) a global pandemic. Public health authorities around the world are taking action to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, and WHO has called on all sectors of society to play a role in stopping the spread of this disease.

Below, ULI has collected links to resources relevant to those who own or manage real estate assets, and real estate-related businesses and workforces. From office to retail to mixed use to multifamily settings, building management and operations strategies can be deployed to help fight the spread of infectious disease and pathogens like the coronavirus.

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Urban Land Magazine: Insights for Real Estate Leaders on Public Health and the Built Environment (3/27/2020)

Urban Land Magazine: Confronting COVID-19: Social Distancing, Buildings, and Lessons from Asia (3/16/2020)


Additional Resources

Design, Real Estate, and COVID-19

Next City: Housing in Brief: What Landlords Are Saying About Rent and Evictions During the Outbreak (3/20/2020)

Harvard University Graduate School of Design: What role do planning and design play in a pandemic? Ann Forsyth reflects on COVID-19’s impact on the future of urban life (3/19/2020)

Center for Active Design: 5 Ways to Optimize Buildings for COVID-19 Prevention (3/19/2020)

Architectural Digest: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Will Change the Built Environment (3/18/2020)

Multi-Housing News: What Property Managers Should Be Doing Right Now (3/17/2020)

Curbed: Design in the age of pandemics (3/17/2020)

National Multifamily Housing Council: Coronavirus Preparedness for Apartment Firms (3/16/2020)

Architect Magazine: How Architecture Firms are Responding to COVID-19 (3/12/2020)

CityLab: Pandemics Are Also an Urban Planning Problem (3/06/2020)

New York Times: Your Building Can Make You Sick or Keep You Well (3/04/2020)

World Health Organization: Getting Your Workplace Ready for COVID-19 (2/27/2020)

Financial Times: How Healthy Buildings Can Help Us Fight Coronavirus (2/09/2020)

ASHRAE: COVID-19 Preparedness Resources (No date)

BOMA Canada: Coronavirus Resources (No date)

Building Operating Management: Coronavirus Resources for Facilities (No date)

TurboTenant: Coronavirus Resources for Landlords (No date)


General Information and Guidance 

New York Times: Flattening the Coronavirus Curve (3/27/2020)

PBS NewsHour: How to help others in the COVID-19 crisis (3/25/2020)

USA Today: 6 things to know if you’re living with someone who has coronavirus, or think you might be  (3/24/2020)

New York Times: How Long Will Coronavirus Live on Surfaces or in the Air Around You? (3/24/2020)

Enterprise Community Partners: Maintaining Business Continuity During the Covid-19 Pandemic (3/23/2020)

U.S. CDC: Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers to Plan and Respond to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (3/21/2020)

USA Today: Coronavirus reality check: 7 myths about social distancing, busted (3/16/2020)

Washington Post: As coronavirus spreads, the bill for our public health failures is due (3/05/2020)

Global Wellness Institute: PositivelyWell (No date)

U.S. CDC: What every American and community can do now to decrease the spread of the coronavirus (No date)


These resources are provided for informational and educational purposes only and are not necessarily endorsed by or reflect the policies or positions of ULI. The information provided is not intended to constitute medical or legal advice and should not be taken as such. For specific medical advice, consult your physician, and for legal advice, consult your attorney. ULI does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of any information provided and assumes no responsibility for any injury or damage to persons or property arising out of or related to any use of the information provided.

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