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The Value of Building Healthy Communities

According to two new studies from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) titled ‘Ten Principles for Building Healthy Places’ and ‘Intersections: Health and the Built Environment’, there is intrinsic value in the development of healthy communities. The two-year study, still in its early stages, examines how urban design and development can contribute to living environments that foster active lifestyles, social interaction, and prosperity.

Beyond the social benefits of a healthier life style for residents, ‘Intersections’ makes the argument that healthy community design is increasingly translating into market value for projects. Developers and communities that deliver on health are finding that intelligent urban design, focused on global health, offers direct benefits in the form of increased consumer demand.

Autodesk Unveils New Autodesk Point Layout Software to Boost Accuracy and Productivity at Construction Sites

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has completed the acquisition of technology assets from Colorado-based Get The Point, LLC and today introduced Autodesk Point Layout, new software for layout at construction sites. The move strengthens Autodesk’s construction solutions portfolio and extends Building Information Modeling (BIM) further into the field. The acquisition and product release underscore the company’s efforts to transform the construction industry using BIM from the earliest stages of design all the way through project delivery and building operations. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Apartment and Condominium Market Remains Strong after Small Correction in the First Quarter of 2013

The Multifamily Production Index (MPI), recently released by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), inched down two points to an index level of 52. It is the fifth straight quarter with a reading over 50.

The MPI measures builder and developer sentiment about current conditions in the apartment and condominium market on a scale of 0 to 100. The index and all of its components are scaled so that any number over 50 indicates that more respondents report conditions are improving than report conditions are getting worse.

State and Local Governments Lead the Way In U.S. Infrastructure Delivery
State and local governments in the U.S. are leading the way in delivering infrastructure projects against a backdrop of budget constraints and an ongoing lack of consensus about future investments by the federal government, according to Infrastructure 2013: Global Priorities, Global Insights, a joint report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Ernst & Young.
The report points out that state and local governments account for approximately 75 percent of all infrastructure spending, with the remainder supplied by the federal government. However despite this expenditure, infrastructure spending as a percentage of GDP has shrunk to only 2.4 percent from its peak of more than 3 percent during the 1960s.
Where Americans Want To Live: New ULI Report Suggests Strong Demand for Compact Development
A new report from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) underscores the influence that growing demographic groups in the U.S. – in particular Generation Y, African Americans, and Latinos – will have on reshaping urban growth patterns by spurring more development of compact, mixed-use communities with reliable, convenient transit service.
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