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ULI Los Angeles, in partnership with VerdeXchange, announces FutureBuild 2018.  The leading minds of urban transformation will offer resilient, livable and sustainable solutions for the 21st Century on Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at L.A. Downtown Hotel, 333 S. Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071.

The annual, interactive event spotlights environmental, technology and development innovations for cities to thrive, despite the Federal government’s attempts to undo efforts to reduce climate change and mitigate its effects. Bringing many disciplines together, the event will answer one overriding question: How do you adapt in order to thrive?

“Despite the rolling back of America’s climate change commitments on the federal level, California’s thought leaders are taking control of our own destiny,” said Sara Neff, Senior VP of Sustainability for Kilroy Realty Corporation and Co-Chair of ULI Los Angeles’ FutureBuild 2018. “The FutureBuild Sessions at VerdeXchange will set the conversation on sustainable design and technologies allowing our cities to compete and succeed. The world looks toward the many California-based innovators in building, design, development and technology presented at FutureBuild.”

Speakers include:

  • Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson
  • VerdeXchange Chair David Abel
  • AECOM Los Angeles Metro Area Chief Executive Kelli Bernard
  • California Public Utilities Commissioner Carla Peterman
  • Westly Group Founder Steve Westly

Among the topics:

L.A. Infrastructure Investments to Welcome the World for the 2028 Olympics

  • LA 84 Foundation CEO Renata Simril (moderator)
  • Los Angeles Executive Director of the Department of Convention and Tourism Development Doane Liu
  • AECOM Executive Vice President, Global Sports, Bill Hanway
  • Los Angeles Metro CEO Phil Washington
  • LA World Airports Innovation and Technology Officer Justin Erbacci

Transit Hubs Face the Future: Tokyo Station, S.F.’s Transbay, L.A.’s Union Station

  • Developer Dan Rosenfeld (moderator)
  • Los Angeles Metro CEO Phil Washington
  • Integral Group US West Sustainability & Resilient Design Leader Andrea Traber

Japan Rail East, TBA

The Robo-Cars Are Coming

  • Arup Associate Principal & Cities Leader Katherine Perez-Estolano (moderator)
  • Former Director San Francisco Department of Environment Melanie Nutter
  • LADOT General Manager Seleta Reynolds
  • Uber Global Head of Policy for Autonomous Vehicles & Urban Aviation Justin Erlich

Tech’s Impact on Real Estate Campuses and Connected Buildings

  • Blueprint Power CEO Robin Beavers (moderator)
  • Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas CEO Boris von Borman
  • Sherwood Engineering Director of Innovation Josiah Cain

Resiliency Lessons for Cities

  • Los Angeles Chief Resilience Officer Marissa Aho (moderator)
  • Houston Water Public Works & Engineering Operations Manager Sidney Bomer
  • Mexico City Chief Resiliency Officer Dr. Arnoldo Matus Kramer
  • Arup Sustainability Leader Russell Fortmeyer

Amazon & Beyond: Advancing Urban Deliveries

  • Kosmont Companies President & CEO Larry Kosmont (moderator)
  • Nixon Peabody Partner Justin X. Thompson
  • Westport Fuel Systems VP & Board Chair, CALSTART Karen Hamberg

New Building Materials for Sustainable Cities

  • Levin & Associates Principal Brenda Levin, FAIA (moderator)
  • Morrison Hershfield Sustainability Disruptor Eric Corey Freed
  • Santa Monica Public Works Director Susan Cline
  • Kilroy Realty Corporation Senior VP, Sustainability, Sara Neff

FutureBuild 2018 is presented in partnership with the 11th annual VerdeXchange January 28-30. The VerdeXchange conference offers leaders in the water, mobility, cleantech, finance, and built environment sectors, where they share innovations, form partnerships, and capitalize on opportunities in the multi-trillion-dollar clean energy/green economy.

The FutureBuild Sessions at VerdeXchange are Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, at L.A. Hotel Downtown, 333 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071. Prices increase $10 after the registration deadline of January 26. Registration includes lunch and admission to the full-day VerdeXchange plenary sessions on Jan. 30.

FutureBuild 2018 Registration:

  • Private $175 (Nonmember $235)
  • Public/Nonprofit: $150 (Nonmember $200)
  • Student: $125 (Nonmember $170)
  • Under Age 35: $150 (Nonmember $200)
  • Retired: $150 (Nonmember $200)

Registration and information is available at https://la.uli.org/events/futurebuild-2018/

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Atlanta-based developer Wood Partners has broken ground for a residential-retail development near the Red Line's Hollywood/Western Station.

The project, located at 5750 Hollywood Boulevard, will consist of a seven-story structure featuring 161 apartments, 5,700 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and basement parking for 271 vehicles.  Plans call for a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom units, including 14 apartments reserved as low-income housing.

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