Building for Wellness: A win win approach to development, so how do we get there?
Health, Sustainability, and Livability are starting to intersect to create great urban environments around the country. These developments can be profitable for developers, and enhance the vitality of the whole city. The city of Honolulu has targeted redevelopment near new transit stations as a means to create livable and compact communities. What strategies are in place to encourage the integration of wellness into the design of these communities? What policies and mindsets exist that hold back fully achieving healthier places here?
Please join us for ULI Hawaii’s 2nd event on “Building Healthy Places”. Urban Land Institute’s Anita Kramer, Vice President of Capital Markets and Real Estate and author of ULI’s recent publication, “Building for Wellness, the Business Case” will present examples around the country of developments that are profitably including health and wellness into their projects.
Then Harrison Rue, Community Building and TOD Administrator at City and County of Honolulu, will address what is being done locally, where there is room to improve, and what impediments exist to building truly healthy communities.
Anita Kramer is the vice president of the ULI Center for Capital Markets and Real Estate. She writes the monthly U.S. Real Estate Business Barometer and directs both the annual China City Survey and the Emerging Trends Asia Pacific report. She is currently developing ULI’s quarterly Metro Area Real Estate Business Barometer, as well as a quarterly survey of leading real estate economists.
She joined ULI as senior director of Retail and Mixed-Use Development, directing research, education and programs in that area. She also was responsible for the annual Dollars & Cents of Shopping Centers; the Retail Development Handbook; Retail Opens Up!: The Shape of Today’s Open-Air Centers; and Residential Over Retail: How to Make It Work. Kramer co-produced ULI’s annual Reinventing Retail conference in Beverly Hills as well.
Prior to joining ULI eight years ago, Kramer was a consultant for 28 years, performing economic and financial analyses for both private and public clients involved in development and land-use strategies. She founded Anita Kramer & Associates in 1992, following her position as vice president of the Natelson Company in Los Angeles.
Kramer holds a master’s in city and regional planning from Harvard University, where she specialized in housing and community development. She received her B.A. cum laude in economics and urban studies from the University of Rochester.
As the Community Building and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Administrator for the City and County of Honolulu, Harrison Rue directs Honolulu’s community-based planning effort to help revitalize neighborhoods, increase transportation and housing choices, and create more walkable communities around the City’s rapid transit rail stations. Harrison is the founding director of the Citizen Planner Institute in Hawaii and Florida, and has done extensive work and led numerous workshops and conferences on Oahu over the past 15 years. Prior to returning to Hawaii in 2013, Harrison was a Principal with ICF International, a Virginia-based consulting firm, where he supported federal, state, and local efforts to build more sustainable communities.