October 10, 2018

Cordless Kitchen by URBANEER and the Wireless Power Consortium Featured at 2018 Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle

URBANEER partnered with the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) to develop the very first commercially available wireless power kitchen, which was on display at the 2018 North America Smart Kitchen Summit in Seattle, WA. All of the countertops in the kitchen are imbedded with Qi technology, and devices are powered by simply being placed on the surface (think cell phones, laptops, and cordless appliances, which are soon to hit the US market...). Studies suggest that the kitchen is the most trafficked and important area in many people’s homes and technology has pervaded nearly every aspect of our lives, and we are now bringing that into the kitchen.
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September 12, 2018

Millennials Are Going Crazy Over This New Living Trend

If you are new to a city, balling on a budget or searching for a community, “Co-Living” may be the right option for you. Shared living companies such as WeLive, Common, Outside and Roam are bringing communal living into the 21st century. Young people are searching for community and connection in their cities, and co-living enables new connections as well as newfound freedom and flexibility.
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August 22, 2018

Introducing the URBANEER Horizontal Wall Bed

Introducing The URBANEER Horizontal Wall Bed, the newest multifunctional piece in URBANEER's suite of smart products. Like all of our products, the Horizontal Wall Bed was designed to bring flexibility and multi-functionality to any room. We designed the Horizontal Wall Bed to open up sideways to allow for additional clearance when there is a low ceiling, when the projection into the room is limited, or if the occupant desires that particular style. Just like everything we create, functionality and quality were at top-of-mind while designing and engineering this piece.
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August 20, 2018

Growing Minimalist Culture

Within the past few years, the minimalist movement has grown into its very own culture. From art and design to lifestyle, minimalism inspires a number of people across the world. People are realizing that the space they have to work with every day is getting smaller.
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January 22, 2018

Living 3.0: An Approach to Start Solving America’s Housing Crisis

URBANEER has created a systems-based approach to transforming the housing industry that we call Living 3.0. It is an approach that leads to housing that is both accessible to the market and profitable for the builder/developer. It is an approach focused on providing the right housing for the times, using data to design around how people live in the 21st century. It is an approach that understands that getting housing built requires the participation of numerous financial and regulatory entities.
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December 17, 2017

URBANEER Welcomes Two New Members to Our Team

In support of our expanding product line and growing business, URBANEER has made two invaluable hires. Lauren Applin, formerly of The Stow Company and Herman Miller, comes on as our VP of Product, and Jim Branski, who has decades of senior-level financial service experience, comes on as our CFO.
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December 18, 2017

URBANEER and Wireless Power Consortium to Showcase the Future Kitchen at CES 2018 LVCC Booth SL2

URBANEER and the Wireless Power Consortium team up to showcase the first commercial kitchen available with wireless power.
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November 13, 2017

ROI: How Housing Innovation Can Deliver Immediate Returns

Innovative ideas and products often don't go to market because they can't pencil out in present market conditions. Across Urbaneer's fifty-plus projects, we have consistently delivered units that lease faster and yield higher returns on a square foot basis than conventional units.
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August 22, 2017

Un-Stuffing the Home: How Downsizing and Decluttering are Changing the Way Housing is Designed and Developed

For years, housing has been developed around an insatiable appetite for consumer goods. It has lead huge homes moved further and further from city centers and neighbors. What would happen if our were designed and developed from a people-centered (as opposed to stuff-centered) perspective? These are some of the questions we are out to answer at Urbaneer.
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June 29, 2017

Bricks, Bits, and Atoms

The digitization of our world has deep implications for the housing industry. What happens when our stuff disappears, when our media is in the cloud, when our food is delivered on demand, when our cars are summoned by the press of a touchscreen? How much space will we need? With less stuff and space, will we have a different cultural connection to our homes? How will the housing industry shift?
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January 12, 2017

Why Aren’t Two Bedroom Apartments Renting?

Last year, market analysts RCLCO reported that multifamily units built between 2010-2016 were 7% smaller than ones built between 2000-2009. One might assume the decrease was, at least in part, the result of an ongoing trend of renting over ownership.
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February 15, 2017

Honey, I Shrunk (and Improved) the Single Family House

In my last post, I discussed the shrinking size of multifamily units and how that was just as reflective of a shift toward studios and one bedroom apartments as the contraction of all unit types.
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March 17, 2017

Want Better, More Efficient Spaces? Look to Behavior, Not Convention

In 2014, a group of UCLA researchers published a book called “Life at Home in the 21st Century: 32 Families Open Their Doors.” As the title suggests, the authors went into the homes of 32 middle class, Los Angeles families.
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April 18, 2017

What the iPhone Can Teach Us about Home Design

It is said the best things come in small packages. While true of many things, this axiom seems lost on the way we design our homes.
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May 16, 2017

Why There is No Apple or Tesla of Housing (Yet)

The housing industry is in the middle of a prolonged crisis. There is massive, pent-up demand for more housing. Housing shortages have stretched current inventory to the max, driving prices up, particularly in cities.
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September 23, 2016

4 Ways Developers and Property Managers Can Design Around the Way People Live in the 21st Century

It can be difficult for real estate developers and property managers to pin down what kind of housing people need in the 21st century.
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May 26, 2016

The History of URBANEER

The need for effective space solutions has not always been high priority. But as our population grows and space becomes more limited, people need a way to make every square foot count.
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May 19, 2016

The Morton

One challenge in the residential market is attracting residents and buyers to properties. In a city that’s growing as quickly as Grand Rapids is, city real estate has become both in demand and competitive. In order to attract residents and buyers, residential areas need to be desirable.
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May 12, 2016

The Rise of Compact Space

There’s a problem with supply and affordability in today’s housing market.
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May 5, 2016

Spaces That Learn — GRBJ Feature

URBANEER™ was recently featured in the Grand Rapids Business Journal sharing information about Spaces That Learn.
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April 21, 2016

Meet Bruce

Behind every brand is a passionate and motivated leader. For URBANEER, it’s Bruce Thompson, president and cofounder of the space-solutions company.
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April 14, 2016

URBANEER: Because Every Square Foot Counts

As people move and change, the spaces they live, work and play in need to reflect that evolution. Spaces not only need to be efficient and functional, but also have pleasant and modern aesthetics incorporated into them.
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