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Interdisciplinary student team named finalists in ULI/Hines Urban Design competition

Monday, April 2, 2012

Interdisciplinary student team named finalists in ULI/Hines Urban Design competition 

Students Jessica Hester, Master of Science in Design Research; Laura Reading, Master in Urban Planning; Reid Fellenbaum, Master in Architecture; Anne Fennema, Master in Urban Planning; and Sylvia Harris, Master in Urban Planning, were named finalists in the 2012 Urban Land Institute (ULI)/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition for their project "The Hill." Assistant Professor of Urban Planning Suzanne Lanyi Charles was the faculty advisor.

"The Hill" creates a new urban microclimate in Houston by maximizing shadow coverage and wind infiltration through the design of carefully articulated open space. Detailed climatic studies were conducted to determine optimal site design based on climatic comfort goals. "The Hill" aims to achieve a livable neighborhood, a distinctive district, meaningful connections and sustainability.

The ULI/Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition now in its tenth year, is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Student teams comprising at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. Final judging will occur April 5-6, 2012.

The is the second year in a row U-M teams from Taubman College have placed in the finals.

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