Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE.)

Established in 2010, the Center for Urban Real Estate (CURE) at Columbia University serves as a think tank for the real estate industry, undertaking research that advances solutions for a rapidly urbanizing world. From the challenges of inequitable socio-economic outcomes in urban development, through improving the analytical rigor of decision making in all aspects of real estate, to creating technological systems for improved investment optimization, CURE addresses current and emerging global issues of the built environment through the lens of the real estate professional. This pursuit of progressive outcomes also engages the school in cutting-edge urban development issues and innovative finance and investment structures, ensuring that the educational program is continually fertilized and refreshed intellectually.

As a hub of thought leadership, CURE builds upon a platform of direct industry engagement through joint research projects, symposia, conferences and publications. Utilizing its academic milieu, CURE incorporates GSAPP faculty and students in a cross-disciplinary approach that applies progressive theory to effective practice to resolve real estate development issues as studied in the MSRED program.

While largely New York City focused, CURE’s work in advancing environmentally, fiscally, and socially responsible development has expanded to Brazil, China, and the UK.

Ongoing Research

Super Tall: Luxury and Affordable Highrise Design + Development

In collaboration with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Building the Digital City

With the generous support of Google & Cisco

Urban Strategy and Placemaking

With the generous support of Goldman Sachs

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

Technology and Real Estate: Rethinking Urban Workscapes in NYC

In collaboration with AECOM

Long Island City: Leveraging the Cornell-Technion Campus

In collaboration with the City of New York

XIM: Built Environment Technology for Designers + Developers

In collaboration with Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

The Delancy Underground: XIM Modeling Case Study

In collaboration with Experiments in Motion with the generous support of the Audi Urban Future Initiative.