03-05-19

Student Teams Create Development Plans for Cincinnati Riverfront

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This January, three teams of graduate students from the Kent State CAED and Cleveland State competed in the Urban Land Institute Hines Student Competition. Running two weeks, the competition asks students to analyze an existing site in a North American city and develop a 10-year urban design & financing plan for the area. The competition is an opportunity for students in design & development to work together and understand how cities are developed in real-life scenarios.

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This year’s site was in Cincinnati, along the Ohio River but disconnected from the CBD by a major highway, Fort Washington Way. The students were charged with creating a cohesive mixed-use district that successfully wove this area back into larger urban and regional systems.

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Team “Syn City” harnessed urban agriculture & autonomous transportation to develop a scheme to grow and provide food for Cincinnati’s local urban neighborhoods in the heart of the city.

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Team “Over the Vine” extended Vine Street into a riverfront pier to make a strong connection with the Ohio River and through the CBD into the growing neighborhood of Over the Rhine.

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Team “Cincinnati Greenway” emphasized pedestrian-scale green connections throughout the development area, encouraging wandering and discovery.

The Cleveland chapter of ULI generously supports the student competition each year. Professionals from the local design & development community volunteer their time to assist on evening reviews & critiques. We’re grateful to all our professional partners for their support.

Congratulations to all our students for their hard work!

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