Urban Land Connects Members as It Adapts to Their Needs

Urban Land, the Institute’s award-winning flagship publication, connects members around the world, allowing them to share their expertise and build synergies that will result in better communities and better lives. In yet another year challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, the magazine continued shifting to adapt to the new needs of ULI members.

The e-reader version of the magazine—launched at the beginning of the pandemic— continues to offer convenient access to the magazine regardless of location, with members around the globe able to access the e-reader through Knowledge Finder, the online magazine at urbanland.uli.org, and the popular “This Week in Urban Land” Monday email. And now a new member paywall implemented in summer 2020 is delivering to members exclusive content, including market intelligence, expert research and analysis, and original thought leadership from ULI key leaders.

Across all its formats, Urban Land’s content reflects the most pressing issues affecting land use. Over the past year, it also reflected the Institute’s new mission statement introduced in winter 2021 by ULI chair Owen Thomas—Shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide—and supported by commitments to creating greater diversity, equity, and inclusion across the industry; and addressing the global affordable housing shortage and the global climate crisis through leadership and best practices.

In the Fall 2020 issue, Urban Land published a reader poll titled, “Coping with COVID-19” that captured how members were adjusting to new conditions and member perspectives on the outlook for industry sectors, including development, architecture/design, urban planning, the public sector, finance, marketing, academia, and technology. Amid the pandemic, the issue also addressed resilience and the need to build for the long term as populations at risk from climate change migrate away from coastal areas at risk from rising seas and hotter temperatures.

The Winter 2021 issue delivered technology outlooks for the Americas, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region, and how accelerating developments in technology such would aid the return to normalcy, including drones for development to minimize person-to-person contact. In the same issue, author Josh Cohen walks readers through the facts and misperceptions related to the rollout of 5G wireless service, along with the implications for owners and managers of real estate assets. The Spring issue of Urban Land spotlighted the 2021 ULI Terwilliger Center Home Attainability Index, revealing how the pandemic exacerbated housing insecurity and socioeconomic inequity as well as creative efforts to increase the housing supply and boost attainability.

A highlight of each issue of Urban Land is the roundtable discussion among leaders in ULI’s product councils, which brings readers into the knowledge sharing that is the hallmark of these exclusive groups. In the past year, members of the Public Development and Infrastructure Council, Transit-Oriented Development Council, Sustainable Development Council, Technology and Real Estate Council, and Responsible Property Investment Council offered their insights along with the new Airport Development Council.

As global tourism and logistics markets continue their slow recovery from the pandemic, the Summer 2021 issue of Urban Land explored how airport complexes are driving economic growth and business innovation, with logistics being only one factor behind the heady expansion. These stories were supported by the popular UL10 feature, which spotlighted aviation facilities around the globe from Austin, Texas, to Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines.

Urban Land also announced the inaugural recipient of the ULI Apgar Thought Leader Award, which is supported by ULI Trustee Mahlon “Sandy” Apgar. The award is given biennially and offers ULI members an opportunity to pursue research and writing with the goal of publishing in Urban Land magazine. The first winner, Rodolfo Rodríguez, manager of public health programs and shelter operations for the Washington County, Oregon, Department of Housing Services, will write a thoroughly researched and documented article for the audience of Urban Land. He will also receive a $1,500 honorarium to support the study of his proposed area of inquiry and will receive complimentary registration to either the ULI Spring or Fall Meeting.

ULI members are encouraged to share their views and expertise through Urban Land.

Those interested in contributing thought leadership through the magazine may submit an inquiry on Navigator.

Urban Land Reading Lists, curated collections of topical articles, are added monthly to Knowledge Finder, with topics including equitable development, mitigating climate risk, and reshaping the modern workplace.

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