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Ford acquires Michigan Central Station with plans to transform it into new campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood

Michigan Central Station, shuttered 30 years ago, will be redeveloped over the next three to four years into a magnet for high-tech talent and a regional destination with modern work spaces, retail, restaurants, residential living and more. The new Corktown campus will be a hub where Ford and its partners will work on autonomous and electric vehicles, and design urban mobility services and solutions that includes smart, connected vehicles, roads, parking and public transit.   

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Water Street Tampa Unveils Vision for Public Spaces

Strategic Property Partners, LLC released its vision for Water Street Tampa’s public spaces today, showcasing a collaboration of work by a talented team of architects, planners, and landscape architects, who have together crafted the overall vision of Water Street Tampa, the 50-acre mixed-use waterfront district located on historic Hillsborough Bay. By placing the public realm and green spaces at the forefront of its design for Water Street Tampa, SPP aims to set a new standard for wellness and sustainability in the built environment and will become the world’s first WELL-certified community under the WELL Community Standard, developed by the International WELL Building Institute.

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Soaring Growth of Urban Neighborhoods Shows Transformation into Highly Diverse, Distinct Areas Says New Urban Land Institute Report

“Our cities are evolving into places that are more diverse and more interesting than ever, with a mix of neighborhoods defined by distinct characteristics that are drawing different residents and workers for different reasons,” said ULI Terwilliger Center Founder and Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger. “There are very few urban areas in which housing is not mixed in or very close to commercial uses. This has significant implications for development going forward – particularly affordable housing — in terms of building cities that are livable and attainable to people in a broad income range.”

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AVRP Skyport’s Howard Blackson, III, CNU-A, Helps Lead National New Urbanism Conference

AVRP Skyport’s Urban Design Studio Director, Howard Blackson, III, CNU-A, was recently invited to speak at the 26th Annual Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) in Savannah, GA.  The May 16-19 conference brought together over 1,500 people from around the world for education, collaboration, and discussion on how to make great places.  Based out of Washington, DC, CNU is an international nonprofit organization aiming to create vibrant and walkable places where people have diverse options for how they live, work, go, and shop.

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New Research: Better Cities, Better Climate – Better Returns on Investment?

New research from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Coalition for Urban Transitions, supported by a consortium of leading global real estate investors and managers, shows that well-designed, compact cities are better for investors as well as citizens and the environment. Entitled Supporting Smart Urban Development: Successful investing in density, the report finds that cities with “good density”—dense development that is thoughtfully designed to promote a high quality of life—may be more resilient and prosperous in the long term. According to the report, these cities are more likely to provide higher risk-adjusted real estate investment returns than cities without “good density”. It marks the first-ever study attempting to quantify the impact of quality of place on real estate investment returns.

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OJB Landscape Architecture unveils first glimpse of its 200-acre Missouri Riverfront master plan

OJB Landscape Architecture (OJB) released concept images reimagining downtown Omaha’s riverfront – only one portion of its 200-acre Missouri Riverfront Revitalization plan. The plan, which spans both sides of the river, involves areas in and around Gene Leahy Mall, Heartland of America Park, and Lewis and Clark Landing on the Omaha side. It aims to unify Omaha, NE and Council Bluffs, IA into a regional destination and will finally allow residents and visitors to access and enjoy the Missouri River.

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Soaring Growth of Urban Neighborhoods Shows Transformation into Highly Diverse, Distinct Areas Says New Urban Land Institute Report

“Our cities are evolving into places that are more diverse and more interesting than ever, with a mix of neighborhoods defined by distinct characteristics that are drawing different residents and workers for different reasons,” said ULI Terwilliger Center Founder and Chairman J. Ronald Terwilliger. “There are very few urban areas in which housing is not mixed in or very close to commercial uses. This has significant implications for development going forward – particularly affordable housing — in terms of building cities that are livable and attainable to people in a broad income range.”

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AVRP Skyport’s Howard Blackson, III, CNU-A, Helps Lead National New Urbanism Conference

AVRP Skyport’s Urban Design Studio Director, Howard Blackson, III, CNU-A, was recently invited to speak at the 26th Annual Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) in Savannah, GA.  The May 16-19 conference brought together over 1,500 people from around the world for education, collaboration, and discussion on how to make great places.  Based out of Washington, DC, CNU is an international nonprofit organization aiming to create vibrant and walkable places where people have diverse options for how they live, work, go, and shop.

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New Research: Better Cities, Better Climate – Better Returns on Investment?

New research from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the Coalition for Urban Transitions, supported by a consortium of leading global real estate investors and managers, shows that well-designed, compact cities are better for investors as well as citizens and the environment. Entitled Supporting Smart Urban Development: Successful investing in density, the report finds that cities with “good density”—dense development that is thoughtfully designed to promote a high quality of life—may be more resilient and prosperous in the long term. According to the report, these cities are more likely to provide higher risk-adjusted real estate investment returns than cities without “good density”. It marks the first-ever study attempting to quantify the impact of quality of place on real estate investment returns.

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Sustainable Designs at Three Freehold Communities Are Finalists in 2018 Gold Nugget Awards

Freehold Communities, has received five Awards of Merit (the top vote recipients) by 2018 Gold Nugget Awards for three masterplans that include major sustainable components. PCBC’s Gold Nugget Awards are presented annually to innovators in design, planning and development. The competition is open to builders, developers, architects, and land planners with communities and projects across the United States and internationally.

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KTGY Principal Terry Willis, AIA to Speak on “Leveraging Connections: Boomers in the City” 2018 at LeadingAge Colorado Conference & Exhibition

Willis said that one of the goals of the session is to have audience members gain a better understanding about the traditional barriers that have existed between the age-qualified living community and the community at large and how a mixed­use development strategy could help dissolve these boundaries. “We will discuss ways to integrate the age-qualified community and its residents with the greater community through the development of retail, cultural districts and inter­generational socialization opportunities. We will also talk about the benefits of forming informal partnerships with local retailers and share some of the latest designs in age-qualified living environments that incorporate mixed­use, retail and cultural districts as part of the overall planning of the site,” Willis said.

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How to Design Zero Energy Buildings for School Projects by Eddy Santosa, CBCP, LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP . Photo: James Patterson Elementary School - Richmond, Texas (Architect: Huckabee). The building was designed to achieve Ultra-Low-Energy Building and it utilizes extensive sustainable, durable and environmentally sound materials and includes natural daylighting, and good indoor air quality.

How to Design Zero Energy Buildings for School Projects by Eddy Santosa, CBCP, LEED® AP BD+C, BEMP . Photo: James Patterson Elementary School - Richmond, Texas (Architect: Huckabee). The building was designed to achieve Ultra-Low-Energy Building and it utilizes extensive sustainable, durable and environmentally sound materials and includes natural daylighting, and good indoor air quality.

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