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Urban Ireland: Dublin in 2007

May 3, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

City Life in Dublin

In 2007, I spent the summer working in Dublin, Ireland for a boutique real estate consulting firm. At the time, they were working with a number of agencies on the development of masterplanned communities, as well as on specific development projects. Real estate was booming and everyone wanted to be a part of it.[read more]

3 Risks that Real Estate Developers Face

March 20, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Real Estate Risk

Real estate development is a risky game. So much so that some people in the business like to say that their primary function is to mitigate risk. Today I’m going to focus on 3 risks that developers face. There are, of course, others risks, but these are some of the biggest.[read more]

From the Ground Up: Finding Opportunity in the Future of Real Estate Development

February 1, 2015 by Project for Public Spaces

Real Estate Opportunity

We might think of urban development as large projects, but there is a new opportunity emerging with the potential to impact cities everywhere by empowering public, private, and civic stakeholders to take charge of their underused spaces.[read more]

More on the Real Estate Development Process

January 2, 2015 by Brandon Donnelly

Real Estate Process

Development projects can be messy and intermittent. The industry itself is also prone to regular market cycles and so the strategy is generally to remain fairly lean and outsource a lot of the work. You ramp up consultants and suppliers on a per project basis — as you need them.[read more]

What the Largest Real Estate Development Project in the United States Looks Like

October 13, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

US Real Estate Projects

Urban Land Magazine recently published an interesting article on the Hudson Yards project in New York, which is the largest private real estate development project ever undertaken in the United States. It is over 17 million square feet of commercial and residential space, and a $20 billion development project.[read more]

Where the Ultra Rich Buy Real Estate

May 9, 2014 by Brandon Donnelly

Wealth and Real Estate

Yesterday evening I was reading the Spring Summer Candy GPS Report put out by London-based property developer Candy & Candy. If you’ve never heard of Candy & Candy, then I guess you haven’t been in the market for a £60 million apartment.[read more]

Tech Firm Quickly Expands at Former New York Times Building

August 14, 2013 by Stephen Del Percio

Tech Growth in Old NYT Building

Software company 10gen recently moved to the former New York Times Company headquarters. During that time, it has turned into a beacon for tech and new media firms, looking for larger floorplates and higher vacancy rates. Now 10gen is already expanding.[read more]

How Big Money Took Over Real Estate

May 2, 2013 by Fundrise Blog

Over the last 20 years investment companies have come to dominate the real estate investment and development landscape. But this was not always the case. Prior to the mid-1980s, most funding for real estate came from local people.[read more]

Ironic Migration: Exodus From Vancouver

April 19, 2013 by Jim Russell

The inward flow of mainland Chinese is a stark reminder of how migration connects two places. It isn't a zero-sum game. Vancouver and Hong Kong are even closer.[read more]

Should Developers Pay For Parks?

March 1, 2012 by City Parks Blog

Residents in downtown Los Angeles are leaping for joy because a brand new park is coming to the revitalized historic core.  Spring Street Park, which broke ground last October, will be the first public park in the neighborhood.  According to the 2010 U.S. Census, 15,000 residents moved into downtown between 2000 and 2010,...[read more]

New CityCenter Brings Green Public Space to Downtown D.C.

April 28, 2011 by The Dirt ASLA

The 10-acre CityCenterDC, the largest redevelopment project currently underway in any downtown in an American city, looks like a people-friendly design. Incorporating a generous new park and central plaza, along with green roofs and gardens set within commercial and residential buildings, the...[read more]

Shifting Real Estate Development Priorities

April 25, 2011 by Adam N Mayer

Last week I had a chance to chat with Russell Flannery, the Shanghai bureau chief for Forbes magazine, at a conference I spoke at in Luoyang (洛阳), Henan Province. I talked to him about the shift in real estate development focus in China from residential to the retail and commercial sectors. Below is a reproduction of the interview from...[read more]