For the 2014 Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, 163 teams representing 72 universities in the United States and Canada proposed a development vision that promotes healthy living for the residents of Nashville’s Sulphur Dell neighborhood.
The competition jury gathered in February 2014 and selected the University of Maryland as one of four finalists (others include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University, and the University of Texas at Austin). The team’s proposal is titled “Chords,” and is a development that utilizes a partnership between the existing private owners and the state of Tennessee. The design captures the experiences of a diverse group of people that are brought together by regional connectors, culture, living and fitness “strings.”
In this final phase, each of the teams will be given the opportunity to expand their original development proposals, which they will present to the competition jury on April 3 during a public forum in Nashville. A $50,000 prize will be awarded to the winning team, and each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000.