CURE: The Center for Urban Real Estate

Jesse M. Keenan, Research Director, CURE

Vishaan Chakrabarti, AIA Holliday Professor, Real Estate Development Program, Columbia University Director, CURE

Laurie Hawkinson, Professor of Architecture, David A. King, Assistant Professor of Urban Planning, Andrew Laing, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Real Estate Development, James Sanders, Senior Fellow, Julia Vitullo-Martin, Visiting Senior Fellow

The Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.) at Columbia University represents a new paradigm in real estate development research and practice, applied as a transformative and positive force. CURE identifies, shares and advocates solutions for a rapidly urbanizing world. CURE redefines sustainability as dense, mixed-income, mixed-use, transit-based urban development. From climate change and energy dependence to the socioeconomic and political upheaval they engender, CURE addresses emerging and current global issues through the lens of urbanization.

As a center for research and thought leadership, CURE builds upon a platform of direct industry engagement through conferences, symposia, publications and consulting activities and undertakes a dedicated research agenda that advocates for design-intelligent urban development. Building upon CURE’s intellectual foundation, the center offers GSAPP faculty and students a cross-disciplinary approach that integrates theory and practice to solve unique development problems. While largely New York City focused, CURE’s work in advancing environmentally, fiscally and socially responsible development has expanded to Brazil, China, Germany, Great Britain and Japan.

ONGOING RESEARCH

-Urban Strategy and Placemaking with the generous support of Goldman Sachs
-XIM: Built Environment Technology for Designers + Developersin collaboration with Kohn Pendersen Fox Associates.
-Long Island City: Leveraging the Cornell –Technion Campus in collaboration with the City of New York.
-Technology and Real Estate: Rethinking an Urban Workplace in NYC in collaboration with AECOM
-Climate Adaptive Development with the generous support of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and RDM
-Aging Society in Japan: Real Estate Product and Model Development with the generous support of Hulic Co., Ltd.

COMPLETED RESEARCH

-The Delancy Underground: XIM Modeling Case Study in collaboration with Experiments in Motion with the generous support of the Audi Urban Future Initiative.
-The Complex Worlds of New York Prevailing Wage with the generous support of New York State Association for Affordable Housing.
-Understanding the Role of Parking Lots for Urban Redevelopment: Interim Uses or Permanent Presence? with the generous support of Edison Properties, LLC.
-NYC 2040: Housing the New One Million New Yorkers with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York
-International Comparative Housing Finance with the generous support of the Open Society Foundations
-666 Fifth Avenue: Case Study with the generous support of the Kushner Companies
-Lower-Lower Manhattan (LoLo)

“NYC 2040: Housing the Next One Million New Yorkers,” Research Report A
“Understanding the Role of Parking Lots for Urban Redevelopment: Interim Uses or Permanent Presence?” Research Report B
Sink or Swim (SoS): Principles + Priorities in a Post-Sandy Era C
Mind the Gap: Transit Lessons from New York + London D
NYC + Rotterdam: Climate Adaptive Development Conference E
Megaprojects: An International Urban Planning and Development Conference F