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ULI Hines Student Competition Recognizes Columbia GSAPP Students

February 21, 2020

The Urban Land Institute (ULI) / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition invites graduate students to develop a comprehensive design and development plan for an urban site. The 2020 competition focuses specifically on midtown Miami, challenging participants to propose solutions for housing affordability, sustainability, and resilience for a mixed-use neighborhood located along the Florida East Coast Railway. Columbia GSAPP students from the Real Estate Development, Urban Planning, and Advanced Architectural Design Programs are included among the finalists and honorable mentions for this year’s competition. The final round of the competition will take place in April, during which the finalists will compete for a $50,000 prize.

The team “La Mezcla,” selected as one of four finalists, includes GSAPP M.S.RED students Jonathan Hong, Matea Kulusic, and Pavel Petrov who collaborated with Duane Martinez and Matthew Mitchell from Pratt Institute. Their LEED Platinum, mixed-used development proposal creates an environmentally sustainable community that addresses climate change. The development seeks to bring together the socioeconomic diversity that exists between Wynwood and Edgewater despite the physical and perceived barrier on the site. Real estate faculty member David Kruth served as an advisor for this project. View the presentation board here.

The team “Cubikko,” also selected as a finalist, includes GSAPP M.S.AAD student Guangwei Ren who collaborated with Jing Cheng, Lijia Zhu, Oscar Portillo, and Yu Wu from Cornell University. Their mixed-use and transit-oriented development proposal aims to connect the diverse communities of Wynwood, Edgewater, and Midtown while enhancing design culture and introducing mixed-income communal living to celebrate the vitality and diversity of the city of Miami. View the presentation board here.

The team “WEcreate,” selected for an honorable mention, includes GSAPP students across several different programs: M.S.UP student Christine Ghossoub; M.S.UP student Kate Galbo; M.Arch and M.S.UP dual degree student Gizem Karakoz; M.S.UP and M.S.RED student Eunji Kang; and M.S.RED student Joshua Shum. GSAPP faculty Douglas Woodward, Mehul Patel, Craig Schwitter, Kate Ascher, and Olivia Moss ‘12 MSRED served as advisors for this project. Their proposal aims to bridge the physical divide between the Wynwood and Edgewater communities and maintain development growth by integrating art and innovation into the public realm. View the presentation board here.

For more information about the competition, please visit the Urban Land Institute.