ULI’s ongoing efforts to raise interest among young people in creating better communities are reflected in the ULI Hines Student Competition, an annual ideas competition that provides graduate students the opportunity to devise a comprehensive design and development scheme for a large-scale site in an urban area.
The competition, which emphasizes the need for interdisciplinary solutions to development challenges, was created with a generous endowment to the ULI Foundation from ULI Life Trustee Gerald D. Hines, founder of the Hines real estate organization. “We look forward to this competition every year, and to seeing these bright young people come forth with outstanding ideas and projects to improve our cities,” Hines said. “The interdisciplinary approach and the tight deadlines give aspiring students a glimpse into what the real estate business is actually like. They are the future of the built environment.”
A redevelopment plan for a Cincinnati site presented by a team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University took top honors in the 2019 competition. Members of the team were awarded a prize of $50,000 at the conclusion of the competition in Cincinnati in April 2019. The finalist teams, one from the University of Cincinnati and two from the University of Texas at Austin, each received $10,000. Participants were tasked with creating a redevelopment plan for a site in Cincinnati comprising portions of a highway, the central business district, and the downtown riverfront along the Ohio River. The teams evaluated the potential to deck the highway and combine it with adjacent parcels, with the ultimate goal being to connect the downtown to the riverfront and create a vibrant, pedestrian-oriented, sustainable, mixed-use neighborhood.