Design team receives award for urban redevelopment plan

Anna Lemmon

The Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition recently awarded an honorable mention to a Kent State College of Architecture and Environmental Design team of graduate urban designers.

David Jurca, design advisor and associate director of Kent State’s Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, said in a press release this is the first time a Cleveland submission has received an honorable mention.

??The team, Active East, consisted of three Kent State CUDC graduate students, as well as a Cleveland State urban planning student and a Case Western Reserve masters student.

The students had two weeks to complete the project, a redevelopment plan for a section of downtown Minneapolis.

“Not only were the students required to design the form of the buildings and public spaces, but they were also mandated to include a thorough financial analysis of the proposal,” Jurca said in the release. “The intense two-week time frame forces the students to learn how to delegate responsibilities and execute quickly.”

??Graduate student and team member Claire Markwardt said the team most likely received the honorable mention because the proposal focused on the design and financial implications of redevelopment through generations.

The competition received 149 submissions from the United States and Canada.

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