Owners & Developers

New Era for Commercial Development

lego city

The financial downturn affected commercial real estate and related industries in a profound way, but in addition to all the financial hardship, it also ushered in a new era and new real estate cycle. Certain asset classes are less valuable…

Las Vegas: Building Arenas…On Spec

under construction arena

Let me direct you to an article, published last summer on Entrepreneur.com, entitled “Why the Motto ‘If You Build It, They Will Come’ is BS.“ I don’t intend on discussing this article. Really, its title tells us everything we need…

Underground Options

underground hotel

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

dripping faucet as metaphor for fiscal waste

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.┬áThis isn’t to say I’m opposed to LEED certification–far from it. But like others, I…

Downward Development

underground mall tapei

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…