Joint CWRU/Kent State team wins honorable mention at design competition

MBA AwardA joint team of Master’s of Business Administration students and graduate architecture and planning students at the Weatherhead School of Management and Kent State University received honorable mention in the 2014 Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. A total of 163 teams from more than 70 universities entered the intensive two-week competition in January. The joint team ranked in the top 15.

Their project, “Second Nature,” answered the challenge of creating a sustainable, healthy community that would show resilience in the flood-prone Sulphur Dell neighborhood in downtown Nashville, Tenn.

In a creative design that highlighted the popular Nashville Farmer’s Market and brought attention to canals created to mitigate possible flooding from the Cumberland River, the group was noted for their creative financing strategies that included purchasing land with a Federal Emergency Management Agency grant as well as ground leasing more than 40 acres from the State of Tennessee.

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Team members included CWRU MBA students Dan Whalen, Tom Brown and Abraham Weiner and KSU students Claire Markwardt and Neil Reindel.