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Kent State Architecture Graduate Students Earn High Honor in International Design Competition

Kent State University graduate students Jeff Jasinski of Wickliffe and Matt Dureiko, both enrolled in the architecture and urban design program, placed second in an international design competition.

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Kent State Architecture Graduate Students Earn High Honor in International Design Competition

Posted July 7, 2014 | Emily Komorowski
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Kent State University graduate students Matt Dureiko (left)
and Jeff Jasinski (right), both enrolled in the architecture
and urban design program, placed second in the DawnTown
2014 Alternative Mobilities design competition, sponsored
by the Miami Downtown Development Authority. The
international competition required designers to create a
central hub where routes people take to move around
downtown could meet to boost Miami’s transportation
network.

Kent State University graduate students Jeff Jasinski of Wickliffe, Ohio, and Matt Dureiko of Stow, Ohio, both enrolled in the architecture and urban design program, placed second in an international design competition. The DawnTown 2014 Alternative Mobilities design competition, sponsored by the Miami Downtown Development Authority, asked designers to create a central hub where routes people take to move around downtown could meet. The proposal would boost Miami’s transportation network.

Jasinski and Dureiko learned about the competition from their professor, David Jurca, associate director of Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, who thought the complex multimodal issues raised in the DawnTown competition would constitute an exciting urban design challenge for his graduate studio students to explore.

This was the first time the students entered a DawnTown competition, which has had past winners from all over the world, including Switzerland and Korea. The students had the option of entering either a competition in Portland or the DawnTown competition in Miami.

“We decided to enter this competition because we were intrigued by the idea of designing something for a colorful and lively city such as Miami,” Jasinski says. “A city like Portland gets all of the attention for being incredibly bike- and public transportation-friendly, so we felt like it would be a greater challenge to work on a project in a city that is trying to make biking and public transportation more prominent, much like here in Cleveland.”

The students named their project after their team name, Mobile Miami. Their project stresses the importance of intermodal transportation as a growing urban trend in the city. The concept projects real-time digital information to communicate the availability of all modes of on-site transportation, which allows for absolute freedom of choice on how to better connect with Miami.

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Pictured is a board created by Jeff Jasinski and Matt
Dureiko
, two Kent State University architecture and urban
design graduate students. Their entry in the DawnTown
2014 Alternative Mobilities international design competition,
called Mobile Miami, placed second.

“When Jeff had called me about placing in the competition, I couldn’t believe it,” Dureiko says. “I felt that we had a strong idea, but there were many other entries by professional architecture and design firms from all around the world. For us, as two graduate students, to have our idea selected and mentioned with these different firms and designers is a great surprise and honor.”

Jurca and Kristen Zeiber, both designers at Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, provided input over the course of the project. The Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative is the combined home of the urban design graduate program at Kent State and the public service activities of Kent State’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

“I’m very proud of the recognition Matt and Jeff received for their project, given the impressive quality of other submissions,” Jurca says. “I believe they achieved an elegant response to the design challenge as a result of their willingness to iterate and refine the concept many times throughout the process. I know that our architecture and urban design students can perform at a very high level. An international competition provides the opportunity for our students to recognize this themselves.”

Both students plan to enter future DawnTown and other design competitions.

“I think Jeff and Matt’s project gives us all a glimpse of the future of personal mobility,” Jurca says. “We will see more integration of technology to enable seamless and efficient routes utilizing a range of transportation modes, including trains, busses, cars and bikes. The Mobile Miami project envisions a ‘smart hub experience’ that maximizes personal mobility options.”

For more information about Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, visit www.cudc.kent.edu.

For more information about DawnTown competitions, visit http://dawntown.org.

To see Jasinski and Dureiko’s submission video, visit http://vimeo.com/96243789.