Tech & Modular Construction Summary Caps 10th Anniversary of ULI Chicago Coverage

“Unlike many other sectors of our economy, construction has remained largely rooted in the 20th century as leaders have resisted technological changes that have transformed the way other industries do business.”

Moderator Christian Beaudoin (left) and panelists at the historic Union League Club.

That’s the opening line in my summary this week for ULI Chicago’s panel discussion, “Tech and Modular Construction: Disrupting the Traditional Development Process.”

The coverage marks the 10th anniversary of my writing for ULI Chicago. That encompasses over 75 panels and 150,000 words.

Each and every time, it has been a learning experience. Doing challenging work, and learning in the process, are both wonderful fringe benefits of this ongoing gig that draws on my journalistic experience covering a variety of local government bodies for the Chicago Tribune and others.

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Inside Edge on Assignment With ULI Chicago: Emerging Trends in Real Estate for 2011

Will the Chicago Cubs ever win another World Series? Who was the genius who decided that there should be a “p” in “raspberry”? And just what are the emerging trends in real estate for 2011?

While I can’t answer the first two questions with any level of confidence, I can at least point you in one direction on the last of those queries.

For the third year in a row, I recently had the opportunity to write the summary of the Urban Land Institute’s Chicago District Council panel discussion on the upcoming year’s emerging trends.

There were a few hundred people in the Hyatt Regency Hotel ballroom, so odds are you weren’t able to be on hand. That’s OK, you can still read the Emerging Trends report .

Writing On `State of the Chicago Hotel Market’

It’s been awhile since I wrote about hotels.

I’ve written about events at hotels, provided feature reporting for Time magazine on boutique hotels–and even went into one hotel room, right after a police officer, to report on a young man who had fallen to his death from a ledge.

But it wasn’t until 10 days ago that I wrote about the hotel industry as a whole. It came in the form of a summary report of “The State of the Chicago Hotel Market and Its Reflection of Economic Conditions,” at an Urban Land Institute meeting.

The speakers I chronicled offered a good news/bad news report–with the good news coming only after some immediate-term bad news the industry is grappling with.

Fittingly enough, the session was at a swanky hotel known as theWit in downtown Chicago. Previous ULI summaries I’ve done are linked from a prior Inside Edge PR blog post.

ULI Update: Writing About the Future of Retail

A year ago, I began writing summaries of panel discussions of the Urban Land Institute’s Chicago chapter. Two days ago, after a summer hiatus, the ULI resumed those meetings with “The Future of U.S. Retail-How a Changed Consumer Will Affect Retail Real Estate.”

As usual, the speakers were brimming with insight, which I did my best to encapsulate, complete with Mick Jagger lyrics, in this written summary, which appears on the ULI-Chicago website.

Of the numerous data points divulged on Wednesday at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago, here’s the one I found most intriguing: the year when the United States is projected to be its “oldest” is 2037. God willing, I’ll be turning 69 that year, doing my part to justify that collective elder-statesman distinction.

You can also read prior Inside Edge PR blog posts about ULI topics I’ve covered, from talks the organization held last November, as well as in January, in March, and in May.