ULI’s annual Fall Meeting—the largest of the Institute’s events and widely regarded as the industry’s premiere gathering—explores a vast range of real estate issues and trends with local, regional, and global relevance, and provides unparalleled opportunities for attendees to network with professionals representing the full spectrum of industry disciplines.
Nearly 6,000 of the world’s foremost real estate and land use leaders convened at the 2018 Fall Meeting, which was held in Boston. Each day of the meeting emphasized a separate area of focus, with one day dedicated to sharing best practices through tours of innovative developments; another day, to sharing lessons learned on leadership; and another, to sharing observations on many factors of change, including the impact of demographic and population shifts, declining housing affordability, new economic drivers, technology advancements, climate change, urban mobility, changing housing and workspace needs, and changing consumer and tenant preferences.
Highlights included presentations by the following:
– Keynoter Scott Galloway, professor of marketing at New York University Stern and author of The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google. Galloway spoke about the benefits of breaking up these mammoth tech companies for consumers and the economy in general. “We don’t break them up because they’re evil,” he said. “We break up big tech because we are capitalists.”
– Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, who cited the urgent need for private-sector involvement in housing and infrastructure initiatives. “It comes down to you [real estate professionals] who have to take part in this process. We have to think creatively.”
– 2018 ULI J.C. Nichols Laureate Theaster Gates, who shared his creative approach to revitalizing neglected urban neighborhoods. “The incredible thing that happens when you revitalize those spaces, preserving elements of their history and infusing them with a new purpose, is that you create a platform for communities to participate in their own revitalization,” said Gates, an artist, urban planner, and founder of the Rebuild Foundation in Chicago. Watch the video.
– Venture capitalist Brad Greiwe, cofounder and managing partner of Fifth Wall, who shared observations on the promise of new technologies to create new sources of real estate capital and new ways to monetize assets.
– Camille Renshaw, chief executive officer and cofounder of B+E; and Tiffany Jana, chief executive officer of TMI Consulting Inc., who discussed ways that the real estate industry can become more diverse and inclusive, methods for creating and embracing greater diversity among the people served by the industry, and the importance of an inclusive real estate industry for the future. Watch the video.