Cornell team receives honorable mention in urban design competition

March 11, 2013

A multidisciplinary team of Cornell students has received honorable mention in the 2013 ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition. The juried competition selected the team’s project from among 149 entries representing 70 universities in the U.S. and Canada.

The annual competition is an urban design and development project for teams comprised of five students representing at least three disciplines. This year’s challenge focused on transforming an undeveloped expanse at the edge Minneapolis’s downtown near the new Minnesota Vikings stadium.

The team describes their project, LOOPolis, as being about “completion, connectivity, and community.” Their goal was to plan a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. “It’s about honoring past visions for a complete downtown, for a continuous greenway circling the city, and for new centers of opportunity for families, businesses, and college graduates, while envisioning anew and closing the loop on what downtown Minneapolis could become,” states the team in their project summary.

The team included: Man Su (B.Arch. ’13), Jia Li (M.R.P. ’14), Qianqian Ye ’14 and Yang Chen ’14 both graduate students in the landscape architecture program, and Bret Molan Colazzi ’13 who is a graduate student at the Johnson School. H. Pike Oliver, CRP, and Marc Miller, landscape architecture, advised this team as well as six other Cornell teams. This was the first year that B.Arch. students were able to participate in the competition, which had previously been reserved for graduate students.

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