Thursday, 11:15a.m. – 12:30p.m.
Micro real estate, the efficient use of space through high-density layouts enabled by smart design and technology, is a rapidly growing trend in urban areas across the country. Join us for a session that will advance the micro-housing conversation by focusing on shared housing. Hear about the powerful demographic, socioeconomic and psychographic trends behind the emergence of the multi-billion dollar room-share market facilitated by Craigslist and similar websites. Both the benefits and shortcomings of this product and the underground marketplace in which it transacts will be highlighted. Parallels will be drawn to startups in other sectors of the new “Sharing Economy,” from Zipcar to AirBnB. Pioneering developers will discuss how they are re-imagining housing solutions for first-time urban renters and galvanizing participants in the multifamily sector to bring the shared housing model out of the shadows of the underground market.
This session was chosen by the public on ULI’s Idea Generator, a month-long competition that produced more than 100 ideas for concurrent sessions at the 2013 ULI Fall Meeting in Chicago. Nearly 1,000 people participated by proposing sessions and voting on their favorites. Congratulations to Christopher Bledsoe of Stage 3 Properties, who suggested this winning session.
Executive Director, Citizens Housing Planning Council
Principal, Stage 3 Properties, Inc.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, RoomMatchers.com
Director of Development, Panoramic Interests
Design Principal, STUDIO V Architecture