Owners & Developers

Underground Options

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If you want a hotel room with a good view, there are usually plenty of options in any major city. When it comes to hotels, height is common–depth is not. That’s why an ongoing hotel development project in China is…

Pros and Con(do)s

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We all know the Recession had a dire effect on the U.S. real estate market–whether we’re talking about residential or commercial–but some assets were more badly hit than others. Single-family, of course, was devastated in many markets, and retail and…

LEED v4: Ten Thoughts, in No Particular Order

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A while ago, in a somewhat pessimistic mood, I voiced some concerns regarding the implementation and cost-effectiveness of the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy Efficient Design initiative. This isn’t to say I’m opposed to LEED certification–far from it. But like others, I…

Downward Development

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People in densely built cities and people in more open communities have very different relationships to space. If you live in one of America’s most densely populated cities–Manhattan, for instance–you’re surely accustomed to being in close proximity to countless strangers…

Is Your Market “Cultured” Enough?

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Last year, Travel+Leisure put together this ranking of the Best Cities for Culture in the U.S., as judged by both visitors and residents. From that list, here are the Top 10: 10. Philadelphia 9. Savannah 8. Washington, D.C. 7. San…

Lessons from the Private Sector

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Retail mega-REIT Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG) owns or has a stake in 264 million square feet of real estate worldwide. By contrast, the General Services Administration–the government agency responsible for federal property and logistics–manages 354 million rentable square feet.…

Land Demand in Singapore

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When it comes to real estate–investment, development, leasing–limitations are both a blessing and a curse. Limitations on supply, land, and interested tenants are, or course, what determines values and rental rates. Constraints both create value and limit the creation of…