A Disciplinary Montage: The Making of Projects

ULI Hines team presenting Montage at the Stepped Auditorium in Milstein Hall. photo / John Reps
rendering of people at an outdoor movie theater with fireworks in the background
A rendering from Montage shows a movie playing at the amphitheater included in the proposal. rendering / provided
ULI Hines team presenting Montage at the Stepped Auditorium in Milstein Hall. photo / John Reps A rendering from Montage shows a movie playing at the amphitheater included in the proposal. rendering / provided

On the Steps Event Series

The team that won the 2018 ULI Hines Student Competition, the first team from Cornell to become a finalist or winner, will present their proposal Montage, which demonstrates the power of working collaboratively across disciplines. The team included Gary Esposito (M.Arch. '18), Paul Heydweiller (M.P.S. RE '18), Jamie Yun Mitchell (M.Arch. '18), Rawinthira Narksusook (M.P.S. RE '18), and Peter Romano (M.R.P./M.P.S. RE '19), who was the team leader. CRP's Assistant Professor Suzanne Lanyi Charles was the faculty advisor for the team.

For 16 years, the ULI Hines Student Competition has challenged interdisciplinary teams of students to imagine a better built environment. Groups of five students from at least three different fields devise a development program for a real site in a North American city, providing designs, market-based financial data, and related narratives. This year Toronto became the first Canadian host city, with a challenge to create a comprehensive development in an area near the mouth of the Don River. The site is also adjacent to the location of Toronto's Amazon HQ2 proposed development and a massive proposed transit center.

Cornell's solution to Toronto's development opportunity, titled Montage: Creating a Whole from Fragments, references both the project concept and the diversity of the team's backgrounds in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, real estate, and finance.

It is the team's collective belief that Cornell students have the talent and resources to produce future winning competition proposals, and they invite students of all backgrounds to get involved, collaborate, and compete.

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