Published November 21, 2014
Two projects by School Architecture and Planning students were selected as "Best Projects" in the Student Project Showcase at the New York Upstate APA 2014 Conference.
The Student Project Showcase invited two projects from each school in the district, which includes Cornell University, SUNY Albany and the University at Buffalo. The "Best Project" designations were based on rankings from conference attendees.
"Blooming City" is an urban design proposal developed by a team of nine architecture and planning students in response to an international competition sponsored by the city of Shenzhen, a rapidly growing city in China. The "Shenzhen Bay Supercity Competition" called for a waterfront district along the Shenzhen Bay with particular consideration of mass transit and transportation technology innovation. The destination is to become the first stop on a high-speed railway line connecting Guangzhou and Hong Kong. The site is also situated between a rapidly growing technology district, theme parks, institutions and high-class residential communities.
"Blooming City” features a network of structural landscapes integrated with connecting mixed- use towers to contribute to the Shenzhen skyline. Unique to the students' proposal is its incorporation of a personal rapid transit system that would enhance the micro-scale mobility of the new Blooming City District and the city of Shenzhen. View the students' full competition entry: http://www.szdesigncenter.org/?p=36442
Faculty: Jin Young Song, Hiroaki Hata, and Bumjoon Kang
Students: Brian Ravinsky, Alan Chan, Vivek Thomas, Moath Rababah, Xinjian Liao, Ian Liu, Tino Goo, Cody Cot, and Yan Duan.
Team Composition: MArch/MUP, MArch, MUP, BS Arch
The second project, "Lick Branch ECOstream" was developed in response to the Urban Land Institute's Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition.
The ideas competition offered multidisciplinary graduate student teams the opportunity to devise a development vision for Sulphur Dell, an historic neighborhood bordered by a major stream, just north of downtown Nashville, Tenn. The competition was designed to simulate an actual urban planning and development scenario based on a hypothetical situation in which the site owners, working together as the Sulphur Dell Development Corporation, have asked for a proposal that transforms the Sulphur Dell neighborhood. The competition called for both a masterplan and pro forma comprehensively designed and operated to promote healthy living.
The School of Architecture and Planning students' submission - "Lick Branch ECOstream" - proposes a daylighting project in which the stream acts as a multipurpose infrastructure system disguised as an iconic public park for tourists and locals of Nashville. It is an interwoven network of active urban landscapes, historical connections, and water infrastructure with an emphasis on economic development, public health and flood mitigation.
Faculty: Hiroaki Hata
Students: Alan Chan, Brian Ravinsky, Tino Goo, Alex Chen, Adam Faeth
Team Composition: MArch/MUP, MArch, MUP, JD+M