Healthy Places

How much more could we accomplish if the the land use community joined voices with the health community in promoting walkable, safe, mixed-use communities with attractive gathering places.

Healthy Places

Around the world, communities face pressing health challenges related to the built environment. For many years, ULI and its members have been active players in discussions and projects that make the link between human health and development; we know that health is a core component of thriving communities.

The ULI Building Healthy Places Initiative is building on that work with a multifaceted program—including research and publications, convenings, and advisory activities—to leverage the power of the Institute’s global networks to shape projects and places in ways that improve the health of people and communities.

Through the Building Healthy Places Initiative, which launched in July 2013, ULI is working to promote health across the globe.

Food and Real Estate Forums

A focus on food is providing a rich arena for innovation that can improve outcomes for people, the earth, and real estate returns. To explore this potential, ULI has created Food and Real Estate Forums to explore challenges, trends, and opportunities around food.

Join ULI Feb. 22 and 23, 2016, in New Orleans, Louisiana, for a program focused on food access, food as a revitalization strategy, and food as an economic ladder. On May 4 and 5, a forum in Tarrytown, New York, will focus on farming and food production, resilience, and sustainability.

Learn more about the New Orleans forum and New York forum.

Recent Reports

America in 2015 CoverAmerica in 2015, the second edition of ULI’s community survey, gauges Americans’ opinions and realities regarding housing, transportation, and community. The report, which was released at ULI’s Spring Meeting last week and produced in conjunction with ULI’s Terwilliger Center for Housing, uncovers important community design–related barriers to living a healthy life.


Building Healthy Places Toolkit cover

ULI’s Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment outlines 21 evidence-supported recommendations for enhancing health outcomes in real estate developments across three categories: physical activity, healthy food and drinking water, and healthy environments and social well-being. The Center for Active Design served as a contributing author and expert content partner.


Retail-in-Underserved-Communities_coverRetail in Underserved Communities—co-authored by ULI Senior Resident Fellow Maureen McAvey and Bridget Lane, director of Business Districts Inc. in Evanston, Illinois—explores factors that hamper retail development in some lower-income communities and offers solutions to overcome the dearth of shopping options for neighborhood residents.




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