GSD team finalist for Hines Student Urban Design Competition

Five GSD students spent J-Term preparing their entry for the Urban Land Institute’s 2014 Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition and were rewarded with the news that they made it to the final round. The GSD team–Mikhail Thomas Grinwald (MArch), team leader Wajeha Qureshi (MDesS), PG-Human Smit (MUD), Aliza Sovani (MLA) and Sonja Vangjeli (MLA), advised by faculty adviser Richard Peiser (professor of real estate development)–is 1 of four out of 163 in North America invited to compete for the grand prize. 

The competition brief called for a development vision to promote healthy living for the residents of Nashville’s Sulphur Dell neighborhood. The GSD team’s “Sulphur Dell Market District” envisions a healthy lifestyle community that revitalizes the city and offers a model of resilient urbanism for cities of a similar size. Strategies of ecology, mobility and food create the conditions for a diverse urban district that can change and mature over time.

Rendering for Sulpher Dell Market proposal

Finalists will present their expanded development proposals to the competition jury on April 3 during a public forum in Nashville. At that time a $50,000 prize will be awarded to the winning team, and each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000.

Learn more about the Hines Competition.