The Mission and Priorities of ULI

ULI’s priorities are creating resilient communities, understanding demand and market forces, connecting capital and the built environment through value, promoting intelligent densification and urbanization, and integrating energy, resources, and uses sustainably.

The Mission and Priorities of ULI

The mission of the Urban Land Institute is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.  ULI is an independent global nonprofit supported by members representing the entire spectrum of real estate development and land use disciplines.

ULI is Committed to:

  • Bringing together leaders from across the fields of real estate and land use policy to exchange best practices and serve community needs;
  • Fostering collaboration within and beyond ULI’s membership through mentoring, dialogue, and problem solving;
  • Exploring issues of urbanization, conservation, regeneration, land use, capital formation, and sustainable development;
  • Advancing land use policies and design practices that respect the uniqueness of both the built and natural environments;
  • Sharing knowledge through education, applied research, publishing, and electronic media; and
  • Sustaining a diverse global network of local practice and advisory efforts that address current and future challenges.

Established in 1936, the Institute today has more than 32,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of the land use and development disciplines. ULI relies heavily on the experience of its members. It is through member involvement and information resources that ULI has been able to set standards of excellence in development practice. The Institute has long been recognized as one of the world’s most respected and widely quoted sources of objective information on urban planning, growth, and development.

ULI’s Priorities:

Creating Resilient Communities

  • What are the best new models in the real estate and land use industry, and how can we support their development?
  • How can we best adapt and reuse existing real estate while eliminating obsolete space in order to create thriving communities?
  • How can we influence land use leaders locally and around the world as they reshape the process of community building and developing both social and physical infrastructure?

Understanding Demand and Market Forces

  • How can we best understand demand (quantity, type, price, and location of the need) for real estate and discover what the market wants short term versus what it needs long term?
  • How can we help balance local, regional, national, and global interests, as well as public and private interests, in terms of how they affect land use decisions and development?
  • How will changing technology influence building and buildings, and how will people’s use of technology influence how they interact with the physical environment?

Connecting Capital and the Built Environment through Value

  • How can we best generate value in the built environment that is greater than its cost? What are the best ways to ensure the attractiveness of real estate as an investment as institutional capital allocators continue to change and become more global?
  • What is the most effective way to demonstrate and explain the relationship between investment in both public projects (including infrastructure) and amenities and the impact on real estate value?