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Built Up
An Historical Perspective on the Contemporary Principles and Practices of Real Estate Development

ISBN 9780367699949
Published April 26, 2021 by Routledge
454 Pages 51 Color & 65 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Built Up uncovers the roots of the global real estate industry in the machinations of a patron of Shakespeare, the merged lineages of business savvy women and men, startlingly innovative collaborations with the first English architect, and the radical explorations of other denizens of early modern London – and what those colorful origins mean for the practice of property development today.

Uniting insights from the author’s career as an internationally recognized developer with meticulous archival research, this resource for scholars and professionals synthesizes economic history and the latest planning and finance literature. The result is an unprecedented effort to codify the principles and activities of real estate development as a foundation for future academic research and practical innovation.

By tracing the evolution of property development to its earliest days, Built Up establishes the theoretical groundwork for the next phase in the transformation of the urban environment.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1.Land Ownership, Control, and Use

Chapter 2.Economic Concepts of Real Property and its Measurement

Chapter 3.The Rise of London

Chapter 4.Improvements to the Land: A Modern Production Activity

Chapter 5.The Modern Developer: Russell

Chapter 6.The Other Modern Developer: Wriothesley

Chapter 7.The Ultimate Speculative Developer: Barbon

Chapter 8.Consolidating the New Private Urban Development Model

Chapter 9.The Model Formulated!

Chapter 10.The Theoretical Schism in Urban Development Scholarship

Chapter 11.Critique of the Private Urban Development Process


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With over fifteen years of real estate experience, Patrice Derrington is currently the Holliday Associate Professor and Director of the Real Estate Development program at Columbia University. Patrice’s academic credentials include a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley, Harvard MBA, and B. Arch, University of Queensland, in addition to teaching awards, publications, and notable contributions to research. In her industry experience on Wall Street, she worked as an investment banker, advisor, and fund manager to major individual and institutional clients such as David Rockefeller, Keybank, and the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. She is also a registered architect and has led numerous urban development projects in the USA and Australia.


"Built Up reminds the real estate industry that the foundations of its private development activities were very concerned with creating public space and amenities for the benefit of the communities as well as the financial success of their buildings. I know our young professionals in Project Destined will be inspired and encouraged in achieving more equitable outcomes." –Cedric Bobo, Co-Founder, Project Destined

"Real estate development, we like to believe, is a greedy affair. Patrice Derrington argues that it doesn’t have to be that way, proposing a model that takes into account values beyond the immediate financial gains. Built Up is an indispensable book for anyone interested in what drives the production of our built environment and a much-needed theoretical framework to overturn ‘business as usual.’" –Reinier de Graaf, Partner, Office for Metropolitan Architecture

"Built Up has given me a lot of inspiration for my upcoming projects." –Daryl Ng, Deputy Chairman, Sino Group

"We shape our built environment, and it then shapes us. Shaping our built environment is the work of real estate developers. Great spaces are not defined by ordinary folk. Patrice Derrington tells many vivid tales as she helps us understand our cities and ourselves. This is the rare book that is both deeply incisive and great fun." –Larry Summers, President Emeritus, Harvard University

"Twenty-first-century real estate development often devolves into a painful clash of wills between entrepreneurs and the public realm. In her magnum opus, Built Up, Patrice Derrington gives this vital sector a history, starting with the ancient Greeks and proceeding in depth through the origins of speculative development in seventeenth-century England. Even in distant times, real estate developers were colorful characters. With this sure to be influential text, current land use struggles are reframed and alternatives for re-imagining them posited. Derrington shows us how the practice of real estate in the past can point to new approaches going forward." –Mary Ann Tighe, CEO, NY Tri-State Region CBRE

"…[F]ills an academic gap…[and]…provides guidance for dismantling and improving current practice—a boon for both students and professionals involved in the creation of the built environment." Architectural Record