UL Editor’s Desk: Best of William P. Macht’s Solution File

The Spring 2020 issue marks William P. Macht’s last as author of Urban landit is Very popular column solution file. Although the column continues under other expert bylines, we wanted to take a moment to honor Macht’s past 20 years of contribution to the magazine and to thought leadership in the industry.

Macht, a professor of urban planning and development at the Center for Real Estate at Portland State University in Oregon and a development consultant, offered as his final columns A “Metric Acre” would Integrate American Development Practices with Global Measures (Summer 2021 ), Horizontal Multi-Family Housing (Fall 2021) and Slim Micro Townhouses maximize density (Winter 2022).

We believe the main reason Solution File connects with ULI members is because it provides real solutions for built projects, not just theoretical solutions. For the foreseeable future, the column will become a platform for new expert voices who, like Macht, shed new light on real-world development issues.

Here are five of Macht’s most read columns:

Generation Atlanta has achieved a density of 217 units per acre (536 units per ha) using technology that will reduce development costs enough to make the downtown project feasible, allowing developers to comply with the initiative to Atlanta aimed at providing more affordable housing and competitive market rates. – climb units. (Niles Bolton Associates)

Housing grows with lightweight steel construction (Spring 2019)

Using Prescient’s design/build lightweight steel structural system, a Florida-based developer is constructing a 336-unit apartment tower in downtown Atlanta that will rise 12-story frame-high. above a five-level concrete parking structure. The system allowed four additional stories of height over competing structural systems, says Atlanta-based Kaplan Residential partner Nathan Kaplan. (Keep reading here.)

Pepsi Blocks is located along the urban arterial Sandy Boulevard, 1.5 miles from downtown Portland, on a potential future light rail line. A plaza will protect Sandy Boulevard users and provide outdoor seating for the pavilion. (Mithun Inc.)

Bringing mixed-use — and open space — to a multi-small block development in Portland (winter 2020)

The discovery of four and a half city blocks, including land once occupied by interior streets, just 1.5 miles from downtown Portland, Oregon, gave Seattle-based Security Properties the l opportunity to develop the first project using the new planned development review approval process established for large sites over two acres (0.8 ha). (Keep reading here.)

HHC’s decision to pay $16.5 million for the ten-story American City tower across from the Columbia Mall only to demolish it and replace it with larger-scale mixed-use urban projects such as those described here, justifies its strategy of intensifying lakeside development. (Design Collective, courtesy Howard Hughes)

Urbanization of Downtown Columbia, Maryland (Winter 2018)

When the Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) inherited control of the pioneering mixed-use downtown of Columbia, Maryland in 2010, the company became responsible for the task of urbanizing the still suburban downtown of Columbia. for a city that had reached a population of 99,615. (Keep reading here.)

When completed at eight stories, Carbon 12 was the tallest CLT log building in the United States. (Andrew Pogue)

A massive wooden tower rises in Portland (Fall 2018)

Until recently, buildings over five stories had to be constructed of steel or reinforced concrete, both of which require around 80% more energy to produce and account for around 200% greenhouse gas emissions. in addition to cross-laminated timber (CLT), a new engineering material. wood product. Portland developer Ben Kaiser of Kaiser Group recently completed America’s tallest CLT log building – an eight-story, 16-unit condominium/commercial tower on 8,470 square feet (787 square meters). (Keep reading here.)

Developers Reduce Parking Through Car Sharing (Summer 2019)

Increasingly, cities are using parking policies to stimulate shared mobility through alternatives to personal automobile ownership. In the recent passage of its 2040 plan that allows duplexes and triplexes in most single-family areas, Minneapolis pledges to “lead by example in city-owned parking lots by supporting carpools, carpools and vehicles shared mobility that encourage private parking. owners to do the same. (Keep reading here.)

SIBLEY FLEMING is editor-in-chief of Urban land.

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