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MSRED students will advance to finals in ULI/Hines urban design competition

The project, Konstellation by MSRED students Vladimir Bogdashkin and Akrisht Pandey; Jin Gao and Nwakaego Uzoh from MIT; and Boya Zhou from Harvard University has integrative site design and equitable community services, Konstellation aims to create a connected and cohesive neighborhood that reflects the broad history and culture of Old Oakland California. Their team faculty advisor is Prof. Kairos Shen.

The ULI/Hines Urban Design competition simulates a design, planning, and development scenario. This years’ competition focuses on Oakland California, students will need to develop a plan to make its downtown district a dynamic place that serves all residents. Four teams, (MIT, Harvard, University of Texas-Austin, and Georgia Institute of Tech.) will advance to the final round of the competition April 7. The winning team will receive a $50,000 prize, with $5,000 of the total going to the university or universities the team represents. Each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000.

“The finalists were chosen from 93 entries by a jury of 15 ULI members representing a broad variety of real estate and related disciplines. Applicants were from 48 universities in the United States, Canada, China, the Netherlands, and Egypt. Thirty teams included students from more than one university.” (ULI, 2022)