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Kent State, CWRU and CSU Students Recognized at International Urban Design Competition

Posted Mar. 6, 2014

Two teams of graduate students representing Kent State University’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative (CUDC), along with students from Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management and Cleveland State University’s Maxine Goodman College of Urban Affairs received honorable mentions for their urban design proposals in Nashville, Tenn.  

Team Second NatureEach year, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) hosts a design and finance competition inviting graduate students from across the United States and Canada to compete for a $50,000 prize. The ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition asks students to develop a hypothetical urban design scheme and feasible financial proposal in a city.  


On Feb. 20, four finalists and 11 honorable mentions were announced from a pool of 163 entries representing 72 schools. This is the second consecutive year that these Cleveland-area schools have taken home an honorable mention designation in this highly competitive process.  


“We are incredibly pleased to receive this honor for a second year in a row,” said Jeff Kruth, competition coordinator and urban designer with Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative.  


Urban design and architecture students from Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, as well as MBA, finance and urban planning students from Case Western Reserve and Cleveland State combined forces and talents to form teams of five students. Local real estate professionals and designers acted as advisors throughout the two-week competition, offering suggestions for sustainable architectural solutions and developing a realistic financing plan over a hypothetical 10-year period. 

“The students learn an incredible amount from local professionals and enjoy the collaboration amongst disciplines that they might not otherwise see in a typical academic setting,” Kruth said.  
Matt Dureiko, a Kent State architecture and urban design graduate student and a member of Team E.C.H.O. System, said it was a nice change of pace to have the professionals as consultants as opposed to advisors. 


Team ECHO System“We, as a team, determined what the driving concept was going to be and the way it should be accomplished,” Dureiko said. “The professionals then took our ideas and gave us their opinion on how well they thought the concept would work within the guidelines of the competition.” 


This year’s site in Nashville asked students to address issues related to large-scale flooding along the Cumberland River, economic resilience, healthy communities and a form-based code, which dictates specific development regulations of the building forms.  


Neil Reindel, a Kent State architecture and environmental design graduate student and a member of Team Second Nature, said his team’s design included a canal system for potential overflow and a socio-ecologic feature for people to engage. 


“The ecological features and architectural designs seek to increase the overall health of the community by providing easier, healthier alternatives, such as making nature a prominent and easily accessible feature to the development,” Reindel said.


Team E.C.H.O. System consisted of Kent State students Dureiko, Jeff Jasinksi and Brian Pagnotta, as well as Case Western student John Ostroske and Cleveland State student Michael Mears, and was led by Kruth. The students’ scheme introduced a series of “spillways” and green spaces as neighborhood amenities between urban blocks, while enhancing the Cumberland River waterfront through a variety of green spaces and a large-scale farmers’ market.  


Team Second Nature, consisting of Kent State students Reindel and Claire Markwardt, and Case Western Reserve students Dan Whalen, Abraham Weiner and Tom Brown, was led by David Jurca, associate director of Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The team proposed the daylighting of an underground stream, flood control measures and development along the Cumberland River’s edge.


This year, five teams formed at Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative where they worked for the competition’s duration in January. Kent State’s 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. 


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


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Photo of Block Around French Lick Tributary
  
Two teams of graduate students representing Kent State University, along with students from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, received honors for their design proposals from the Urban Land Institute. Team Second Nature’s design included a view over the French Lick Tributary showing the relocation of the existing Nashville market as an integrated waterfront amenity.

Photo of Street View Along Cumberland River  
Two teams of graduate students representing Kent State University, along with students from Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University, received honors for their design proposals from the Urban Land Institute. Team E.C.H.O. System’s design included a street view near the Cumberland River showing people interacting with the landscape and each other along the pedestrian corridor that links the site and baseball field with a hotel, market and river.

Media Contacts:
Jeff Kruth, jkruth@kent.edu, 216-357-3433
Bob Burford, rburford@kent.edu, 330-672-8516