RFQ# 23-010 Downtown Carrollton TX Master Plan Update
The City of Carrollton, Texas, is soliciting planning and consulting firms’ qualifications for services updating the Downtown Master Plan.
February 23, 2023
WASHINGTON (February 23, 2023) – Four teams have been selected as finalists in the 21st annual ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, an event that challenges teams of graduate students to devise a comprehensive design and development plan for a real-world urban site.
This year’s competition asked teams of five students representing at least three different disciplines to create a vision for a mixed-income, mixed-use community in North Charleston, S.C. Key considerations included housing attainability, equity, connectivity, sustainability, and resilience.
The four finalists are:
“This year’s competition challenged students to address the most pressing development issues in North Charleston, which strongly resemble those facing cities across the country,” said ULI Hines Student Competition jury chair Geeti Silwal, principal at Perkins&Will in San Francisco. “We were thrilled to review numerous projects that sought to promote long-term financial stability, address the city’s high cost of housing, and design a more walkable community that can provide opportunity to North Charleston’s underserved population.”
“The jurors were especially impressed by the level of effort, rigor, and creativity exhibited by the four finalists. We look forward to seeing their refined proposals in the next round of competition,” Silwal said.
During the last phase of the competition, the finalists will have the opportunity to expand upon their original proposals. The four teams pitch their completed designs before the jury on April 6, which will declare a winner the same day. The winning team will receive a $50,000 prize and each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000.
Proposals from five teams received Honorable Mention recognition: The Stage from Cornell; aNChord from Texas A&M University; Spine from the University of Calgary; AgroGenesis from the University of Calgary; and RiverLine from Harvard.
Six other projects were deemed notable by the jury: FLOW from the University of Toronto; The Hi-Lo – from Carnegie Mellon University; NewCity Flux from Carnegie Mellon University; The Fleet from the University of Michigan; Charleston 360 from The University of Texas at Austin; and Cooper Commons from Toronto Metropolitan University, York University, and the University of Toronto.
The competition jury consists of renowned experts from diverse backgrounds in commercial real estate, land use, and design. In addition to Chair Geeti Silwal, members of the jury include Alex Fraser, managing director at RBC Development in Charleston, S.C.; Bina Bhattacharyya, partner at RAMSA in New York; Charlie Long, principal at Junction Properties LLC in Oakland, Calif.; Christina Blackwell, senior vice president and Houston commercial real estate manager at First Horizon Bank; Jeff Baxter, partner at Cityvolve LLC in North Charleston, S.C.; Karen Horstmann, New York; Miller Harper, project manager at East West Partners in Charleston, S.C.; Riki Nishimura, principal at Populous in San Francisco; Rod Roche, partner at G&M Realty Ventures LLC in Oakland, Calif.; Sofia Song, global cities lead at Gensler in New York; Steve Dudash, director, special projects at Navy Yard in North Charleston, S.C.; Terence Cooper, director of investments at Foxgate Capital in Houston; Todd Richardson, principal at Synchronicity in Charleston, S.C.; and Tom Leader, founding principal at TLS Landscape Architecture in Berkeley, Calif.
The ULI Hines Student Competition was created with a generous endowment from longtime ULI leader Gerald Hines, founder of the Hines real estate organization. The program is part of an ongoing ULI effort to raise interest among young people in creating better communities and improving urban development patterns. The competition encourages cooperation and teamwork — necessary talents in the planning, design, and development of sustainable communities — among future land-use professionals and allied professions. More information about the 2023 competition is available here.
ULI hosted a webinar to announce the finalists on February 21, 2023 at 12:45 PM ET, and a slide deck is available here. All submissions to the 2023 competition are available at uli.org/hines2023gallery.
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