At ULI Chicago, we view infrastructure as the backbone of the built environment.
We navigate traffic signals on local roads, alongside busses, cars, pedestrians and bicyclists; share the highway with fellow commuters and freight trucks; ride CTA trains over bridges and through tunnels; or simply stroll down shade-covered sidewalks. Even on a recreational journey we might pedal down bike lanes or jog alongside Lake Michigan on a Park District trail. Every day we are on the move, and every day we rely on infrastructure.
Our interactions with infrastructure go beyond the corridors, rails and wheels delivering us from Point A to Point B – infrastructure is the underpinning for what exists at each destination: Pipes that carry water; wires conducting electricity; grids to supply energy and miles of dark fiber to deliver technology. Even when infrastructure is ‘out of sight’, hidden behind walls or working beneath our feet, it cannot be ‘out of mind’. We support smart investment to maintain and support the infrastructure to help our communities thrive.
ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Initiative is a multiyear effort led by ULI Chicago’s Infrastructure Committee. Its goals are to:
• Address the relationship between infrastructure and land use;
• Improve regional infrastructure decision-making; and
• Develop national models of best practices.
To date, projects include the development of the Infrastructure Game Changers Analysis Process, its application to the Lakeshore Industrial Heritage Corridor and Regional Infrastructure in Northeastern Illinois, and investigation of infrastructure finance.
ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project
ULI Chicago is part of the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project. Supported by ULI trustee James J. Curtis, the ULI/Curtis Regional Infrastructure Project is a three-year initiative launched with the goal of better linking infrastructure, land use, and sustainability at the regional level. The Curtis Project emphasizes developing leadership and models of best practices. Selected by a competitive process and led by ULI’s Infrastructure Initiative, participants include the ULI District Councils in Chicago, Seattle, Florida, and Minnesota.
Latest News - ULI Infrastructure Work
- Posted June 12, 2014 on Urban Land InstituteMore and more communities are making investments in pedestrian infrastructure and amenities. What is the economic payback of these investments, and what do the data show about the financial or tax returns from programs and policies that prioritize investments in the pedestrian realm? Read More
'Great Cities Start With Great Streets': ULI Endorses Urban Street Design Guide from National Association of City Transportation OfficialsPosted June 11, 2014 on Urban Land InstituteThe Urban Land Institute, a global research and education institute dedicated to responsible land use and creating sustainable communities, is endorsing the Urban Street Design Guide, published last year by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). The guide embraces the unique and complex challenge of designing urban streets, aiming to make streets safe for people whether they are walking, biking, using transit, or driving. Read More
- Posted June 6, 2014 on Urban Land InstituteOn Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Human Transit author and consultant, Jarrett Walker, conducted a 7-hour workshop for ULI Triangle Members and afterwards gave a public lecture on the components of robust transit systems. Read More