Team of NCSU & UNC students win $50,000 in prestigious ULI Design Competition

Makeover Scheme for San Diego Neighborhood Emphasizes Walkability, Connectivity

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WASHINGTON (April 9, 2010) — A team of students representing North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill has won the $50,000 top prize in the 2010 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition with a redevelopment plan for a San Diego neighborhood that emphasizes neighborhood diversity, affordability to families of mixed incomes, and walkability.

The NC State-UNC  team bested teams from Harvard University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Pennsylvania in the final round of the competition, which was held April 8 in San Diego. The three finalist teams split $30,000 in prize funds.

The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition was created in 2003 to encourage cooperation and teamwork–necessary talents in the planning, design and development of sustainable communities–among future land use professionals and allied professions, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, engineering, real estate development, finance, psychology and law.

Nearly 660 students comprising 132 teams from 48 universities in the U.S. and Canada applied to compete in the 2010 competition. They were challenged to create a design and development proposal for a 73.5 acre site in East Village in downtown San Diego. East Village, one of eight distinct neighborhoods in the city’s downtown area, spans a total area of 1,450 acres bound by Interstate 5 and the San Diego Bay. Students were asked to develop a transformative vision for East Village and incorporate the highest and best sustainable use, new economic development activities, and evidence of market support for their development activities – all fused with financial justification for their design decisions.

The winning proposal from NC State-UNC, called “Family Oriented Development/F.O.D.,” hones in on the concept of the family as the central component necessary for catalytic redevelopment of East Village. Designed to accommodate the diverse needs of families of all sizes, ages, and economic levels, the sustainable plan incorporates many critical family-friendly elements, such as community space, connectivity, public arts, and job incubation. NC State-UNC team members included Maria Papiez (MArch, NCS), Daria Khramtsova (MCP, UNC), Rebecca Myers (MLA, NCS), Jeff Pleshek (MArch, NCS), and Matt Tomasulo (MLA, NCS).  The team was advised by Robin Fran Abrams.

via ULI – Content.