UNC, N.C. State students win national urban design contest
A team of NC State University and UNC-Chapel Hill students won a national urban design competition with their redevelopment plan for a San Diego neighborhood.
The team won the $50,000 top prize in the 2010 Urban Land Institute Hines Design Competition. The team’s plan for an area within the East Village neighborhood, now a mishmash of new housing, old warehouses and parking lots is called Family-Oriented Development. The design emphasizes neighborhood diversity, affordability, and walkability; and accommodates the diverse needs of families of different sizes, ages and economic levels.
The NCSU-UNC team bested the other finalists from Harvard University, the University of Maryland and the University of Pennsylvania in San Diego on April 8, 2010.
The NCSU-UNC team members were Maria Papiez (leader), Rebecca Myers, Jeff Pleshek and Matt Tomasulo from NCSU and Daria Khramtsova from UNC. Professor Robin Fran Abrams, director of the School of Architecture at NCSU, was the lead teaching advisor for the team during the competition. DCRP Professor and Chair Emil Malizia also advised the team.
For the first time, Professors Abrams and Malizia combined their courses—an urban design studio at NCSU and a real estate development workshop at UNC-Chapel Hill. There were 20 graduate architecture or landscape architecture students in the studio course and 10 graduate city and regional planning students in the workshop. The first phase of the competition began in January 2010 and lasted two weeks. A total of 132 teams from 48 universities in the U.S. and Canada submitted proposals including the 6 teams from the combined NCSU-UNC course.
Professors Abrams and Malizia have agreed to combine their courses again in spring 2011 to participate in the next Hines competition.
View the team's design proposal