New ULI Case Study: Community's Health Amenities Pay Dividends
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Graduate student teams from the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, the University of Maryland, and the University of Texas at Austin will compete in Nashville for the 12th annual Hines Student Urban Design Competition and the grand prize of $50,000. The four teams will make their final proposals for developing the city’s historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood on April 3.
As part of ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, the 2014 competition asks the student teams to submit a development proposal that would promote healthy living for the residents of Sulphur Dell. Learn more about the site and download the 2014 competition brief.
For the 2014 Hines Competition, 163 teams representing 72 universities in the United States and Canada proposed a development vision. The competition jury gathered in February 2014 to select the finalists. In the final phase, the teams will be given the opportunity to expand their original development proposals, which they will present to the competition jury during a public forum in Nashville. A $50,000 prize will be awarded to the winning team, and each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000.
The ideas competition is designed to simulate an actual urban design and development scenario; there is no intention that the students’ plans will be implemented as part of any development of the site. The competition is based on a hypothetical situation in which the site owners, working together as the Sulphur Dell Development Corporation, have asked for a proposal that transforms the historic Sulphur Dell neighborhood. The owner’s request is made with an understanding of the market and nonmarket factors at play in building healthy places and of the value proposition of building and operating in ways that promote health. In addition to the guidelines stipulated by the site owners, it was requested that all proposals be conscious of other stakeholders since there are a number of either historic or new developments that are not intended to be redeveloped in the surrounding area. Student teams were challenged to best determine how to integrate those existing sites, while exploiting their assets in order to create more value for their proposed site.
The development schemes from the finalist teams are:
The Hines Competition strives 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. It is open to graduate students who are pursuing real estate-related studies at universities in the United States and Canada, including programs in real estate development, urban planning, urban design, architecture and landscape architecture.
The competition has been funded through a $3 million endowment from Gerald D. Hines, chairman of the global Hines real estate organization and a recipient of the ULI J.C. Nichols Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development. A legend in the land use industry, he is widely known as a leader who pioneered the use of high-quality planning and architecture as a marketable feature of development in office, residential and mixed-use projects.