Team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology… - Hines

Team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Wisconsin Wins the 2009 ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

(Washington, DC) – A team with members representing the Massachusetts Institute of Technology School of Architecture and Planning and the University of Wisconsin School of Business has been selected as the winner of the seventh annual ULI (Urban Land Institute) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. The team’s entry, which involved the redevelopment of a site in Denver, was chosen by the competition jury over plans submitted by other finalist teams from Columbia University, Kansas State University, and the University of Miami.

The winning entry, “Panorama Station, Proposal for Transit-Oriented Development and Public Space at Alameda Station,” captivated jury members with its innovative approach to integrating the 75-acre DDD to downtown and the greater community. The winning team received the top prize of $50,000; the three finalist teams each received $10,000. The winner was announced April 2 following presentations by the finalists during a public forum at the University of Denver.

The annual competition is open to graduate students who are pursuing real estate-related studies at a North American university. It is designed 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. Through the competition, interdisciplinary teams of five graduate students each are challenged to craft practical, workable solutions for the revitalization or development of an actual site in an urban area within North America.

Created in 2002, the ULI Hines competition has been funded in perpetuity through a $3 million endowment from urban development pioneer Gerald D. Hines, chairman and owner of the Hines real estate organization. Hines, who attended the competition in Denver, said, “I am impressed with all of these students. They are thinking innovatively and their collaborative effort represents the future of the land use industry.”

For the 2009 competition, student teams were asked to present schemes portraying them as single-entity owners of the Denver Design District (DDD), a valuable midtown parcel comprised of three properties among roughly 75 acres just 1.5 miles south of downtown. While the DDD boasts an impressive tenant roster, and is the largest to-the-trade design center in an eight-state region, its built environment resembles a typical suburban power center. Based on the assumption that the DDD parcel has ample potential for a higher and better use, the competition charged the teams with redeveloping the entire 75-acre site and creating a landmark, transformative mixed-use community without losing the current, valuable roster of tenants.

ULI selected this site because it provided an opportunity for students to illustrate innovative ways to incorporate six aspects of urban design identified by ULI as essential components of sustainable communities. These include: 1) mixed-income housing; 2) adequate infrastructure to support growth; 3) ample public space; 4) places of commerce; 5) environmental preservation, incorporating green design principles to mitigate climate change; and 6) financial feasibility.

An added sustainability challenge -- and new to the competition this year -- was a connection to ULI’s initiative, The City in 2050: Creating Blueprints for Change. This initiative posits a vision of the future replete with massive demographic, climate, and financial changes that likely will alter the built environment. While adhering to the typical challenge involving financial and urban design components, teams were also challenged to consider their redevelopment of the DDD in the context of 2050 and how their plans would allow the DDD to thrive in 2050 and beyond.

The winning development scheme:

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture and Planning with University of Wisconsin, School of Business: “Panorama Station, A Proposal for Transit-Oriented Development and Public Space at Alameda Station” incorporates five key objectives: provide view-oriented public space, support a fifteen minute car-free lifestyle, create a sense of place, anticipate future flexible uses for big box spaces, and integrate water conserving landscapes. Team members included Blair Humphreys, Jesse Hunting, Eric Komppa (University of Wisconsin), Duncan McIlvaine, and Sarah Snider.

The entries from the three finalists:

Columbia University, School of Architecture: “Solstice 5280” seeks to leverage the existing demographic trends and natural resources of Denver while combating the negative effects of sprawl and environmental degradation by employing six design strategies: density, energy, education, reuse, lifestyle, and public spaces. Team members included Jordan Cox, Jay Gillespie, Jinwoo Heo, Kyung Jae Kim, and Alex Weis.

Kansas State University, School of Landscape Architecture/Regional and Community Planning: “touch” proposes to converge culture, enterprise, and lifestyle to create a verdant, livable, community-focused urban atmosphere. The design establishes new methods of interaction and collaboration through vertical integration, higher densities, multiple transportation options and open space to create an engaged and vibrant lifestyle. Team members included Junbin Feng, Anthony Fox, Christopher Morton, John Perry, and Bryan Zundel.

University of Miami, School of Architecture: “Alameda-A New Sustainable Urbanism” seeks to build on the historic urban grid while achieving a sustainable density and a balance between the public and private realms. The proposal pays particular attention to the notion of a self-sustaining community that simultaneously reaches out to the adjacent neighborhoods; flexible space and sense of place anchor the strong design components. Team members included Warren Bane, Benyameen Ghareeb, Jeffrey Hall, Victor Santana, and Jared Sedam.

The winning scheme was selected by a jury of renowned real estate development, architecture, urban planning and design experts: Jury Chairman Daniel Van Epp, , owner, The Van Epp Companies, Las Vegas; Donald Brinkerhoff, founder and CEO, Lifescapes International, Newport Beach, Ca.; Donald K. Carter, president, Urban Design Associates, Pittsburgh; Lizanne Galbreath, managing partner, Galbreath & Company, Norwalk, Conn.; Bert Gregory, president and CEO, Mithun, Seattle; Stephen James, planning and community design manager, Kennecott Land, Salt Lake City; Enrique Peñalosa, former mayor of Bogotá, Colombia; and Neal I. Payton, principal, Torti Gallas and Partners, Los Angeles. Financial advisers to the competition were: Bruce C. O’Donnell, vice president, George K. Baum & Company, Denver; and John M. Walsh III, president, TIG Real Estate Services, Inc., Dallas.

“The innovation and creativity shown by the winning team and each of the finalists is an inspiration to those of us with long careers in land use,” said Jury Chairman Van Epp. “This competition provides wonderful insight into the thoughtful approach the next generation will take to create communities that are viable and sustainable.”

Six team entries were also selected for honorable mentions: Cornell University with “Urban Succession;” three from Harvard University titled “Urban Acupuncture;” “Leveraging the Wedge,” and “Symbiosis;” the University of Maryland, College Park, with “Phasing D3;” and the University of Pennsylvania with “SODO: living by design.” Two entries from the University of Pennsylvania, titled “re:newable denver” and “Conexus,” also received recognition for their unique visions for ULI’s initiative, The City in 2050: Creating Blueprints for Change.

The Urban Land Institute (www.uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has nearly 38,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.

Contact Hines

Headquarters

Global Headquarters

2800 Post Oak Blvd.
Houston, TX 77056-6188
United States
1 713 621 8000
Contact Hines

European Headquarters

5 Welbeck St.
London W1G 9YQ
United Kingdom
44 20 7292 1900

Regional Offices

U.S. East Region

345 Hudson Street
12th Floor
New York, NY 10014
United States
1 212 230 2300

U.S. Midwest Region

444 West Lake Street
Suite 2400
Chicago, IL 60606
United States
1 312 419 4900

U.S. Southeast Region

5 Ravinia Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30346
United States
1 770 206 5300

U.S. Southwest Region

609 Main St.
Suite 2400
Houston, TX 77002
United States
1 713 237 5600

U.S. West Region

101 California Street
Suite 1000
San Francisco, CA 94111
United States
1 415 982 6200

Asia Pacific Region

1 Connaught Road, 28F
Central, Hong Kong

Eurasia Region

Gasheka Street 6
Ste. 820
Moscow 125047
Russia
7 495 785 05 00

European Region

5 Welbeck St.
London W1G 9YQ
United Kingdom
44 20 7292 1900

International Offices

Australia

20 Hunter St
Level 10
Sydney, NSW 2000
Australia
61 2 9232 3137

Brazil

Av. das Nações Unidas, 12901
Torre Norte - 6 ° andar
São Paulo 04578-910
Brazil
55 11 5504 7600

Canada

200 King Street West
Suite 1805
Toronto, ON M5H 3T4
Canada
416 595 1949

China

Suite 333, Hyundai Motor Tower
38 Xiaoyun Road, Chaoyang District
Beijing, PRC 100027
China
8610 8453 8855

France

66 Avenue Charles de Gaulle
Neuilly-sur-Seine, IDF 92522
France
33 1 41 45 80 80

Germany

Hines Immobilien GmbH
Joachimsthaler Str. 1
D - 10623 Berlin
Germany
49 30 726241 100

Greece

Voukourestiou 19
Athens 106 71
Greece
30 210 364 7895

India

One Horizon Center
12th Floor
Gurgaon, Haryana 122002
India
91 124 480 2222

Ireland

Block 2, First Floor
Clanwilliam House, Clanwilliam Place
Dublin 2
Ireland
353 1 7999900
Dublin.OfficeAdmin@hines.com

Italy

Via Broletto, 35
Milan 20121
Italy
0039 02 8962921

Japan

Akasaka K Tower Level 4
1-2-7 Motoakasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-0051
Japan
81 90 9854 5236

Luxembourg

35 F, John F. Kennedy
Luxembourg L-1855

352 264 337 1

Mexico

Torre del Angel
Reforma 350
Mexico D.F. 06600
Mexico
52 55 52428809

The Netherlands

Gustav Mahlerplein 28
Amsterdam, NH 1082 MA
Netherlands
31 6 30 70 81 29

Nordic Countries

Forbindelsesvej 4
Copenhagen 2100
Denmark
44 7815 285 191

Panama

Torre B Piso 15
Torre de las Americas
Punta Pacifica, Panama City
Panama
507 028 20 7375

Poland

Prosta Street 68
Warsaw 00-838
Poland
48 22 351 2400

Russia

Gasheka Street 6
Ste. 820
Moscow 125047
Russia
7 495 785 05 00

Spain

Sor Ángela de la Cruz, 2° - 2° C
Edificio Cuzco III
Madrid 28020
Spain
34 91 703 00 23

South Korea

Glass Tower, Level 20
534 Teheran-ro, Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06181
Republic of Korea
82 2 3439 9141

United Kingdom

5 Welbeck St.
London W1G 9YQ
United Kingdom
44 20 7292 1900