Since 1971, the Urban Land Institute has been publishing case studies describing the development process of projects that are both innovative in their markets and financially successful. Originally titled Project Reference Files, the case studies were published in print form until 1997, when they were digitized and made available in an electronic database, known as ULI Development Case Studies.
There are three types of reports included in this database:
- ULI Development Case Studies
- The short, summary versions of each case study may be viewed free. To view the complete case study with photos, site plans, project data, and a report on the development process, login with the password provided by Ask a Librarian.
- Award Winning Projects
- These are reports on ULI Award for Excellence winners and in many cases may be viewed free.
- Cool Projects
- These include a brief description and a link to the project’s web site and may be viewed free.
Full case studies include
- General Description:
Outlines the project’s objectives and the development strategies used to achieve them.
- Development Team:
Contact information for the principal developer and architect.
- Site and History:
Describes the site’s characteristics, location, strategic position, and pertinent background.
- Special Features:
Each report focuses on distinctive features that set the project apart from the ordinary—market niches, design approaches, innovative concepts, techniques used to gain approval, and financing methods.
- Experience Gained:
Provides insight into what worked and what didn’t.
- Project Data:
Provides key facts and figures such as costs, sales and rents, land area and size, and the development schedule.
Several photos and either site or floor plans are available for each project.