Student Team Receives 2019 ULI Hines Honorable Mention

urban design plan with rendered buildings and green space

Detail of Encore, a project that "restages" a portion of the city of Cincinnati, Ohio, was selected for an honorable mention by the 2019 ULI Hines Student Competition jury. image / provided

March 6, 2019

Encore, a collaborative urban design project submitted to this year's Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition was selected as one of nine honorable mentions out of the 90 submitted projects. The 2019 brief for the annual high-profile design competition asked teams to create a comprehensive development proposal for a complex area of Cincinnati, Ohio.

Students were challenged to propose design solutions for a site that included portions of the highway, the central business district, and the central riverfront along the Ohio River. Projects illustrated innovative approaches to five general elements including planning context and analysis, a master land use plan, urban design, site-specific illustrations of new development, and development schedule and finances.

According to the team, Encore derives its concept from the city's musical history and "restages the land and history of Cincinnati in a new neighborhood composed of civic, commercial, and cultural opportunities for everyone. Through the process of uplift, a terrain emerges up through the site in an effort to place visitors along the banks of the Ohio River with a clear gradual gradient from the skyscrapers on Third Street, past the sports stadiums to Roebling Bridge, and the water's edge. As a complement to the vertical uplift, a horizontal strategy of improvisation plays over the rigid street grid, landing on the offbeat, creating harmony between buildings and landscape to enhance a sense of place."

CRP and Cornell Baker Program in Real Estate students, Tim Dehm (M.R.P/M.L.A. '20) and Krizia Calmet (M.P.S. RE/M.R.P. '19), worked with three landscape architecture students, Sage Taber '20, Akshai Wilkinson '20, and Jihany Hassun '20 on the project. CRP's Assistant Professor Suzanne Lanyi Charles was the faculty advisor for the team.

By Edith Fikes

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