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MRED Students Travel to ULI Vancouver

Six MRED students (pictured above) attended the annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Spring Meeting in Vancouver, BC, April 9-11. ULI members were welcomed by Vancouver mayor, Gregor Robertson, who spoke about cities having a challenging past, inspiring present and prosperous future.

Healthy economic development was the topic of the ULI Fall Meeting, including a lot of discussion on the impacts of technology on the built environment, with the construction and development industries often 10 to 20 years or more behind the technology curve.

Vancouver has been voted among top five most livable cities in the world due to its geographical location and smart growth city planning practices. While there are many variables making up the formula of what it means to be a livable city, Vancouver certainly makes its mark through sustainability and promoting a healthy living environment.

Students took full advantage of unusually pleasant weather and toured such landmarks as Stanley Park which has been voted the number one urban park in the world, and the Vancouver Convention Center West building designed by LMN Architects from Seattle, which was certified LEED platinum in 2010.Another great learning and networking experience sponsored by Colvin Institute of Real Estate Development. We were proud to represent Maryland, the University and the Institute.

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