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Curious Imaginings – Vancouver Biennale Official Launch “Street Party”

When: Saturday, September 22nd Where: Patricia Hotel Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm ULI BC guests are invited to come celebrate the opening of Curious Imaginings exhibition at Vancouver Biennale’s Official Launch Street Party! Awesome beats by DJ Krista Live interactive video projection by trilliam gibson. Food and drinks available for purchase from local Food Trucks and your ticket includes a free access pass to the exhibition. 3 available ticket packages: CURIOUS STREET PARTY 7-10 PM (outside) $25.00 + service charge At check-in, you will receive your free ticket to come back and … Read More

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Small Housing Summit

When: November 17, 2018 Where: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre The Small Housing Summit is a one-day conference that blends dialogue and action around the topic of small housing. The Summit consists of two panels, one on design and the other on financing structures and small housing. There will be two case studies, or what we call, Small Housing Challenges, whereby selected participants will have an hour to share their project issues and get the ear of expert panelists and experienced practitioners in the room. Lastly, the conference will showcase the lessons … Read More

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Understanding Affordable Housing in Vancouver: Yimbyism as a Solution to Vancouver’s Affordable Housing Crisis

ULI BC members and non-members are invited to participate in this open discussion about affordable housing in Vancouver, hosted by Brightside Community Homes Foundation. When: October 9, 2018 Where: Vancouver Public Library (Alice McKay Room) Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm The Event In order to continue being a vibrant community, Vancouver needs to meet the needs of a diverse group of people. Residents of Vancouver must be included and participate in the efforts to solve the housing crisis. As a Vancouver-based affordable housing provider, we wish to host an event where … Read More

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episode #132 Hot Button Issues for Vancouver’s Election with Urban Land Institute’s Duncan Wlodarczak

On the August 16, 2018 episode of the Vancouver Real Estate Podcast, Duncan Wlodarczak, our ULI BC Vice Chair and Chief of Staff at Onni Group, sits down with hosts Adam & Matt Scalena to discuss our city’s most pressing issues, the role of ULI in local & global housing policy & where real estate thought leaders would like to see Vancouver in 2028. Check it out here!

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BC Clean Growth Strategy

B.C. is developing a strategy for clean growth, and is inviting British Columbians to share their thoughts and ideas on a clean growth future for B.C. The strategy will bring together our action on climate change and work underway on our energy roadmap to drive sustainable economic growth with cleaner energy and fewer emissions. It will also be integrated with the province’s Economic Development Strategy, #BCTech Strategy, and Emerging Economy Task Force. It will set out our vision for a clean growth future. Public consultation on the first elements of the strategy … Read More

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Building Smart with Airtightness Testing: Part One – the Essentials

Register now for BC Housing’s new Airtightness Testing Seminar or Webinar on June 26th! A building enclosure with good airtightness can provide major energy savings. Potential heat loss due to air leakage through an enclosure with poor airtightness has a significant and measurable impact on the required heating energy for a building. Building codes require that building enclosures include continuous air barriers. The integrity of those air barriers can only be measured with an airtightness test. Airtightness testing is typically carried out using blower fans to pressurize and depressurize the building … Read More

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ULI BC: 40 Years in 60 Minutes: A Talk with Bob Rennie June 5 2018 @ Vancouver International Film Centre Theatre

On Tuesday, June 5th, guests of ULI BC enjoyed coffee and breakfast with Bob Rennie of Rennie. Patti Glass of Grosvenor moderated a discussion with Bob to a sold out crowd that covered Bob’s experience over 40 years, the catalytic moments in his career and for our city, and his thoughts on what the future has in store. Below is a recap of the discussion for all to enjoy. Presenting Sponsors: Grosvenor and Rennie Venue Sponsor: McCarthy Tetreault Coffee Sponsor: BMO A Warm, Well-Brewed Welcome Bob Rennie was warmly received to … Read More

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MLA Canada June Pre-Sale Report

June 2018 Report Highlights: APRIL // Sales for new units being released and sold within in the month was 43 per cent, likely a result of no recent new high-rises launched, and a relatively low number of homes released. MAY // As predicted, it was a strong month in pre-sales with 1,560 homes released, achieving a 70 per cent absorption rate of new inventory in May. JUNE // The forecast for this month is a launch of 17 pre-sale projects, totaling 1,335 homes, with nearly 90 per cent of total inventory coming to … Read More

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2018 ULI Spring Meeting: General Observations on Detroit from the Bedrock Tour and additional exploring and conversations.

Detroit had millions of square feet of empty office that is now largely filled, and a downtown that literally scared people away. This was only 7 years ago. What a transformation. “Surprise and Delight” – How Detroit’s Rock Ventures (Bedrock) filled up vacant office buildings Some major private investors including Dan Gilbert (of Bedrock, Quicken Loans), bought many of the historic buildings, including whole blocks and have gradually restored their Art Deco grandeur, while converting some to residential and others to office. They added street-level retail, and generally animated the … Read More

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2018 ULI Spring Meeting: Capital Flow, Cap Rate and Economic Trends.

An 11 expert general session on capital markets and global capital flows moderated by Cia Buckley Marakovits and Ron Isana. Panelists: Peter Ballon (CPPIB), Darly Carter (Avanath Capital Management), Franz Colloredo-Mansfeld (Cabot Properties), Mark Gibson (HFF), Greta Guggenheim (TPG), Cathy Marcus (PGIM Real Estate), Amy Price (Bentall Kennedy), Hilary Provinse (Berkadia Commercial Mortgage), Owen Thomas (Boston Properties), Thomas Toomey (UDR), Francois Trausch (Allianz Real Estate). General Trends the group agreed upon: US investment real estate is fairly valued (not over- or under-priced), based on current economic conditions. US real estate … Read More

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