Urban Land Institute Challenge: Hundreds Of Students Competing To Create Top Design For Midtown Area

An Urban Land Institute competition is underway to develop a comprehensive design plan for a six-block area near Midtown Miami, between Edgewater and Wynwood.

Competitors are being asked to come up with a plan for a mixed-use, transit-oriented neighborhood to be developed on 48 acres surrounding a future Tri-Rail stop.

Wynwood’s Business Improvement District and the community have been advocating for a Tri-Rail station to serve the area, —meetings with city, county and state officials; and working with property owners adjacent to the existing train tracks.

“ULI’s selection of Wynwood for this prestigious national award underscores the importance of designing an innovative commuter rail station to serve the rapidly growing Wynwood, Overtown, and Edgewater neighborhoods. There is high demand from area residents and visitors for a commuter train, and we are excited to see what ideas are generated by participating students,” said Manny Gonzalez, Executive Director of the Wynwood BID.

A jury of ULI members who are experts in real estate, land use, and design will select four finalist teams by late February. During the final phase of the competition, these four teams will expand their original proposals following an all-expenses-paid site tour. During the competition finale in Miami, the teams will present their proposal twice: first to a panel of local experts, and then to the jury during a public forum on April 7.

The competition is open to graduate students, and most are studying real estate development, architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, urban design, finance, historic preservation, engineering, and law.

Registration has closed, but there is lots of competition. There are 124 teams representing 56 universities in the U.S. and Canada who have registered.

Hines is sponsoring the competition. The winning team receives $50,000 and the finalist teams each receive $10,000.

 

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Anonymous

Top of the list should be a complete street (NE 2 Ave and N Miami Ave). People first, cars last.

1) Wide sidewalks with shade trees
2) Protected bike lanes
3) Narrow, low speed streets.

There is a super highway a few blocks to the west, use it. Don’t design the streets through neighborhoods as highways.

Anonymous

Current speed limit:

Residential sections: 30 mph. Downtown business area: 25 mph.

Anonymous

Proposed speed: 35 MPH. Yes, the County would like to raise the speed.

Anonymous

“2) Protected bike lanes”

Um, protected from Who?

aceraroja

You.

Anonymous

me?

i’m not from some south american country like you.

Anonymous

I noticed in the fine print it was noted that Miami was the second fastest growing city in Florida. I can’t imagine any other city in Florida that is growing faster than Miami. Is this correct? What’s the number one city?

Azarius

Orlando

Not Gene

Doral is actually growing faster.

Anonymous

So is Miramar

Anonymous

That’s pretty freaking cool.. I hope they come up with some interesting and practical designs.

Anonymous

Rezone the entire area to maximize the building’s continuity to Increase population density and to encourage pedestrian traffic.
Allow more live-work spaces to reduce commuting traffic.
Build a Light Rail (or similar) or electric bus on the 29th Street corridor connecting Edgewater with the metro rail in Allapatah and Miami River.

Anonymous

I would see to see something similar to the Green line in Boston using that abandoned rail line in Allapattah and extend it to Wynwood 29th St from the airport.

Anonymous

Very simple: A transit oriented area should be devoid of parking garages or mass transit stations that provide parking. That is a perfect example of an oxymoron.

Anonymous

Honestly, we should do this for the whole damn county

Anonymous

you ain’t lying….

aceraroja

The winning design will be a six-square-block parking garage with 6 identical rectangular gray apartment buildings with undulating but useless balconies. Units will start at $3000 for a one-bedroom in which you can fit neither a couch nor a bed. The retail will be evenly split between açai places and banks.

Anonymous

Brilliant.

Anonymous

These are Master degree students from the entire country designing without the bureaucratic pollution of Miami politics or antiquated zoning. Let’s let them dream big and we will receive a gift with a golden bow on it. Thank them for picking Miami.

This is a rare opportunity for Miami. There will be no interference from ourselves. A blessing.

Anonymous

You forgot the cooling tanks on top of the building to serve as the spire

Rick

This competition is over. The Four finalists presented on a Zoom conference call. The proposals were varied and creative. What they had in common was a way to cross the tracks on 27th street by elevating the area and making that a public space. This also created a covered shaded area tor the train platforms which included additional sidings so trains could stop off the tracks and allow other trains by. The wining team was a collaboration between what I recall was Cincinnati and one I certainly recall, Pratt Institute. For those who are interested google ULI Hines competition 2020. If this is your thing, it’s worth the look.
Now, will anything like this ever get built?? After all, this is Miami-Dade transit, they have a history. Carlos G, are you listening??

Anonymous

I did one on my own, it’s the best

Anonymous

no way

Anonymous

downtown miami has so much potential with all those vacant lots spread everywhere. They need to do a massive park with all the amenities like a jogging/ bike trail, scenic pond, grass areas with shade trees for picnics just like Central Park but Miami’s own version. This would increase property values all around and finally give Miami its much needed green space. And no don’t say bayfront park that’s a pathetic excuse of a park that is not even properly maintained half the year. It’s ridiculous that with all the natural beauty surrounding South FLA there is very little green space.

Anonymous

Central Park is in Manhattan. Manhattan’s population is over three million people. That’s more than the population of MiamiDade county. MiamiDade county contains the Everglades National Park and Central Park is minuscule in comparison. Miami doesn’t need a bigass park, Miami needs transformation of it’s many lackluster areas.

Anonymous

Why would you think it’d be a good idea to build a “Central Park” when we can’t even take care of the parks we already have…

Anonymous

Melreese could be our Central Park. I always envisioned a park in Omni on that big vacant land next to the cemetery.

Anonymous

With the sad state of the American education system, the finalists are going to propose shore power because sea level rise will come in and kill us all, Metromover extensions where the FEC can already serve, and bike lanes nobody will use unless they have a death wish.