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The Whole Person Named as Infinite Monkeys Mobile App Of The Week for April 5th – 11th


New York, NY (PRWEB) May 15, 2015

Infinite Monkeys, has announced today that The Whole Person is the company’s “App Of The Week” for April 5th – 11th.

Each week, Infinite Monkeys selects one app from the thousands published with their app maker platform. This app was chosen because it is a great example of the quality, beauty and usefulness that mobile apps can bring to a traditional community.

With more than 1 billion smartphones now active in the world, and 84% of those users accessing the Internet via their smartphone everyday, the base of potential mobile users for The Whole Person is massive and growing by the day. It was this potential that motivated Infinite Monkeys to create an easy drag-and-drop app builder platform that allows anyone to create an app without having to hire a mobile agency for thousands of dollars, or learn how to do coding.

The Whole Person and thousands of other small businesses, blogs, sports teams and community groups selected the Infinite Monkeys app maker platform to create and launch their mobile app for Android, iPhone and over 5,000 different models of HTML5 compatible smartphones.

From the app, users can become aware of their inner selves by practicing Physical, Mental, Emotional, and Spiritual exercises. They can also access helpful ideas for their life’s external dimensions like setting goals for their family, building up their social life, creating a career path, and establishing a long term financial plan.

Other information on the app includes Paul’s YouTube channel, where users can watch fantastic meditation videos suited for businesses, organisations and individuals. There’s also a comprehensive list of The Whole Person’s programs and strategies, and users can contact Paul Keetley via phone call through the app.

To create your own mobile app, and have a chance at being named App Of The Week, go to http://www.InfiniteMonkeys.mobi and get started today.

About Infinite Monkeys

Infinite Monkeys is the largest DIY mobile app creation platform in the world, providing a range of affordable marketing solutions to all small businesses, schools, community groups and individuals. By servicing the long-tail of niche interests with low-cost apps, Infinite Monkeys has become the largest DIY publisher of mobile apps in the world. The platform creates true native iPhone and Android mobile apps, as well as HTML5 mobile websites compatible with thousands of smartphone models. The platform is available in 15 languages for as little as $ 1/month, with hundreds of ways to customize your new mobile app. Functions include: Social Feeds, Live Video Streaming, Live Chat Rooms and the ability to secure apps through private access and content filters. Infinite Monkeys is the easiest way to mobilize your business, blog or community group.

Infinite Monkeys is also featured in a new video by blogger Harrison Lloyd showing 3 simple ways for anyone to create their own mobile app. http://bit.ly/1gKhwjK

To learn more about how Infinite Monkeys is transforming the Mobile App Economy, please visit http://www.infinitemonkeys.mobi and follow @oo_monkeys on Twitter.

About The Whole Person

The Whole Person is a comprehensive life planning app, which includes Spirituality and possible Sources, Symptoms of Stress, and Great Things and Skillsm, which can be used to become a Master in one’s Life-Time. There’s also a button where users can call Paul for coaching.

The Whole Person is a new mobile app available for Android, iPhone and HTML5 compatible smartphones. It is the mobile presence of the Enlightened Therapies website – and was created with the Infinite Monkeys mobile app maker tool.

To download the The Whole Person app for your mobile phone, go to: http://apps.monk.ee/details.php?appid=100459511

To learn more about Enlightened Therapies, please visit: http://www.enlightenedtherapies.com/







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Brookhaven Retreat Celebrates National Walking Day on April 1, 2015


Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) April 01, 2015

Brookhaven Retreat will kick off National Stress Awareness month by hosting an in-house event on National Walking Day for clients and staff members. The event will include a mindful walk on the nature trails, a letting-go ceremony and a plant-based vegetarian luncheon. Clients will release balloons into the sky to symbolize their fears and obstacles that no longer serve them.

Throughout the month of April, staff members Charity Coyle, RD (Registered Dietician) and Stephanie Christian, LMBT (Licensed Bodywork Therapist) will facilitate activities, including therapeutic massage and stretching for fellow staff members.

Jacqueline Dawes, founder of Brookhaven Retreat, considers exercise an essential aspect of recovery and overall wellness. That explains why physical activity is an inherent part of The Lily Program® at Brookhaven Retreat.

An inactive lifestyle is both a symptom and a contributor of mental health issues. Depression and anxiety can keep women in bed for long periods of time, which means self-care and physical needs are neglected.

Thirty minutes of exercise, such as a brisk walk, five times per week, can significantly benefit one’s health. Walking lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and overall health of the muscles, bones and joints.

Daily classes incorporate walks on the facility’s lush and wooded nature trails. “Walking increases both activity and mindfulness,” Dawes says, “allowing women to be present and connected to their surroundings. All women need opportunities to let go and de-stress, including our staff of care-givers and clinicians. We all need to take time for self-care and to nurture ourselves.”

About Brookhaven Retreat

Brookhaven Retreat is a women’s treatment center nestled on a naturally beautiful 48-acre site secluded in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. It has helped hundreds of women across the United States overcome depression, trauma, anxiety, substance use and a range of other behavioral health challenges. Brookhaven’s Founder, Jacqueline Dawes, has predicated its gender-specific treatment on “healing emotional breakage” for women. In this way, she has established a sanctuary and a place where women can feel safe, secure and cared for by a staff of highly trained professionals.







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Hey Bubba Watson, Help End Childhood Hunger in America by Visiting with Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers by April 13


Augusta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 09, 2015

Mellow Mushroom is currently running a cause marketing promotion through social media channels related to the 2015 Masters Tournament and reigning champion, Bubba Watson.

Watson is currently on a diet of daily burritos in an effort to keep with his own culinary tradition that led him to win the event past year. However, Watson has publicly expressed his love for Mellow Mushroom pizza as well. The Masters takes place in Augusta, Ga., and there are several Mellow Mushrooms in the area, including Augusta, Evans, and Aiken, SC.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is asking reigning Masters Champion, Bubba Watson to take a break from burritos and have some pizza, all to help end childhood hunger in America. Mellow Mushroom is encouraging social media fans to help a post reach 10,000 “likes,” comments, shares or retweets the message by April 13.

In return, Mellow Mushroom will donate $ 5,000 to Share Our Strength, and should Bubba make an appearance at a Mellow Mushroom from April 6 to April 13, Mellow will kick in an additional $ 5,000 to Share Our Strength for a total of $ 10,000. A donation of this size will help connect hungry children across America with 100,000 healthy meals.

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

For more information on Share Our Strength, visit https://www.nokidhungry.org/.

Checkout the post here:https://www.facebook.com/mellowmushroomHQ

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About Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers (http://www.mellowmushroom.com) was founded in 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia. This franchise, operated under Home-Grown Industries of Georgia, Inc., is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. For 41 years, Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers has been serving up fresh, stone-baked pizzas to order in an eclectic, art-filled, and family-friendly environment. Each Mellow is locally owned and operated and provides a unique feel focused around great customer service and high-quality food. For more information on Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/mellowmushroomHQ, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/MellowMushroom and follow us on Pinterest at pinterest.com/mellowmushroom.

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Scholarly Gateway of Asia: Japans Ritsumeikan University to open innovative Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015


Kyoto, Japan (PRWEB UK) 17 March 2015

Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, one of Japan’s top private academic and research institutes, announces the opening of its Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015. The RU Osaka-Ibaraki Campus will be a ‘Gateway of Asia’ for academic excellence and innovative research.

Ritsumeikan University (RU), Kyoto, announces the opening of its Osaka-Ibaraki Campus in April 2015. The Campus was designed to be a hub in Asia for education and research in a unique campus-environment specially designed to promote interaction between students, academic staff, entrepreneurs and industrialists, and residents of Ibaraki and surrounding areas.

The Campus is 99,000 square meters and in April 2015 will be home to approximately 6000 students. In 2015 undergraduates will be able to take courses at the College of Business Administration and College of Policy Science and in 2016 courses will be offered at the College of Psychology.

The graduate schools are Graduate School of Business Administration, Graduate School of Policy Science, Graduate School of Technology Management, and Graduate School of Management.

The Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus is located in close proximity to major railway stations in the Kansai region of Japan being about 20 minutes from Kyoto, 10 minutes from Osaka, and 60 minutes from Nara.

RU statistics for research funding

1. RU was ranked 3rd for the amount of research funding (1.1 billion Yen) from Grants in Aid for Scientific Research from MEXT in 2014 for private universities.

2. In the same year, RU was ranked 4th in the actual number of grants selected (490) for Grants in Aid for Scientific Research.

3. Over the past five years, RU was 1st in the number of grants selected in the disciplines of Human Geography, Business Management, and Sociology.

4. RU was number one amongst private universities for commissioned research (2.3 billion Yen and 235 commissions) from private industries in 2013.

5. In October 2013 RU was the only private university to be selected out of 190 applications for two trial research bases of the prestigious MEXT ‘Center for Innovation Program (COI STREAM). Although the funding of the trial research base, ‘Developing a Regional Model for “Slow and Local” Innovation in Food and Agricultural Industries” will come to an end at the end of March but an upgraded version of the trial base “Health Innovation to Promote Exercise in Life” (the new name of the project: “Bright Future for All Ages with Health Innovation by Daily Exercise”) will be an on-going project. The funding for the latter base is currently at 19,500,000 Yen.

Unique features of the Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus

1. The design of the campus and approaches to education and research are based on the three concepts of ‘Gateway to Asia’, ‘Urban Co-Creation’, and ‘Regional and Social Collaboration’. The Campus will act as a hub in Asia for international networking and collaborative research.

2. The Campus will house the ‘Ritsumeikan Global Asia Research Organization’ and ‘Ritsumeikan Asia Japan Research Institute’ as part of RU’s plans to establish the Osaka-Ibaraki Campus as a center for RU to conduct research in Asia.

3. Courses such as the “Asia China Business Program” offered by the College of Business Administration will focus on a deeper understanding of issues in management, commerce, and policy making in Asia.

4. For the first time in Japan, the ‘Ibaraki Chamber of Commerce and Industry’ is located inside the RU Osaka-Ibaraki Campus.

5. The whole of the Campus is one mammoth learning space with the ‘Commons’ providing not only private study rooms but also multi-functional open space along the 200m by 18 m concourse, accessible to students, staff, affiliated industrial partners, and members of the local community. .

6. A library with 800,000 books and seats for 1100 people, and a ‘garden library’ on the roof with a lawn and tables.

7. The lecture rooms have glass walls for ‘visible teaching’ and the chairs and tables can be re-arranged to suit the needs of teachers and students.

8. A 1000 seat concert hall for ceremonies and musical events that is open to the members of the local community.

9. The ‘Camping Kitchen’ restaurant with international food for lunch between studies and a special a la carte menu for dinner.

Further information

YouTube video of Ritsumeikan University Osaka-Ibaraki Campus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r0F250KKTpk&feature=player_embedded

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8c8alBX7Zro&list=PLjORaP_c5ZY2O_fLzhdsQHqHwxVMfsmWr

Enquires about enrollment on courses, research, industrial collaboration, and careers contact:

Kevin Hsien (Mr.)

Ritsumeikan University, Office of Public Relations

EMAIL: pr-web@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Telephone: 075-813-8146

Postal Address: 1 Nishinokyo-Suzaku-cho, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto 604-8520 JAPAN

About Ritsumeikan University

Ritsumeikan University is one of Japan’s foremost private academic institutes for education and research with roots going back to Prince Saionji’s private academy of the same name, established in 1869. It was officially founded in 1900 by his protege, Kojuro Nakagawa, as the Kyoto Hosei Gakko (Kyoto School of Law and Politics), later to take on the name “Ritsumeikan”. The name is derived from a passage in the Jinxin chapter of the Discourses of Mencius, and means “a place to establish one’s destiny through cultivating one’s mind.”

Ritsumeikan has become an integrated academy with a rich culture of individuality and international awareness accommodating a total of 49,000 students. The current Ritsumeikan Academy has campuses in Kyoto, Shiga, Hokkaido, and Oita and encompasses two universities, four high schools, four junior high schools, and one primary school. Ritsumeikan fosters the learning and development of individual talents in order to nurture just and ethical global citizens. Three out of the four Ritsumeikan high schools have been designated by MEXT as Super Science High Schools (SSH). Ritsumeikan High School and Ritsumeikan Uji High School have been selected by MEXT for the Super-Global School Program (SGH). Ritsumeikan Uji High School has been certified as an International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP) school. Ritsumeikan Moriyama High School and Junior High School has been selected by MEXT as the Super Shokuiku (dietary education) School (SSS).

In 2014, both Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University were selected as the designated institutions for the Top Global University Project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). This project is established to support Japanese universities aiming to elevate comprehensive internationalization, to collaborate with preeminent universities overseas and to reform the universities toward a globalized environment. Both Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University were selected as Leading-Global type (Type B) where both universities look to focus on the promotion of internationalization.

For more information, please visit

http://www.ritsumei.ac.jp/eng/

Osaka-Ibaraki Campus (Ibaraki, Osaka)

The Osaka-Ibaraki Campus is expected to facilitate collaboration with industry and government institutions, promote the Ritsumeikan Academy’s activities on the frontline of social collaboration and is fully equipped with facilities which can provide an exchange space for general use. The three main concepts are “Asia’s Gateway”, “Urban Co-Creation” and “Regional Cooperation”.







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‘Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American’ opens in Cleveland on April 12, 2015

CLEVELAND, OHIO (PRWEB) April 02, 2015

Through its legends and myths, its struggles and triumphs, baseball has been a reflection of American society for generations. CHASING DREAMS: BASEBALL & BECOMING AMERICAN on view April 12 – September 7 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Rd., Beachwood, OH 44122; 216.593.0575; maltzmuseum.org) explores how issues around culture, race and community have played out in our national pastime through the stories of athletes, scouts, vendors, team owners, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and, of course, fans. It is the first time the exhibition, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History (NMAJH) and made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence, has been shown outside of Philadelphia.

“Baseball has offered immigrant communities, including Jews and other minorities, opportunities to feel American, whether they’re on the field or in the stands,” says CHASING DREAMS Co-curator and NMAJH Associate Curator Ivy Weingram. “For many, the sport has served as a path to learning, negotiating, sharing in and even challenging what it means to be American, and it has enabled those who might otherwise be on the margins to feel every bit a part of American life.”

Matters of identity and discrimination have been projected on, contested and occasionally solidified through the sport. From Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby breaking the color line in Major League Baseball in 1947 to Cleveland native Justine Siegal becoming the first female coach of a men’s professional baseball team, CHASING DREAMS illustrates how heroes on the field have not only played the game but they’ve changed it. “Whether it’s Thelma ‘Tiby’ Eisen leaving her mark on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the 1940s or Cleveland Indians’ Frank Robinson becoming the first African-American manager in the Majors in 1975, the exhibition highlights the challenges of integration and celebrates those who have broken down barriers,” says Maltz Museum Director of Education Jeffery Allen.

CHASING DREAMS also highlights the intersection of sports and values, including first baseman Hank Greenberg stepping up as the first American League player to register for the peacetime draft in 1940, the revelation of backup catcher Moe Berg’s alter-ego as a frontline spy or Sandy Koufax refusing to pitch the first game of the 1965 World Series because it fell on Yom Kippur.

“This exhibition really covers all the bases, offering a mix of history, heritage, nostalgia and pop culture that will appeal to everyone, from die-hard baseball fans to former Little League players,” explains Maltz Museum Executive Director, Ellen Rudolph. This installation of CHASING DREAMS features an interactive fielding experience, a database of players and 145 original artifacts, including game-worn uniforms, game-used equipment, park giveaways, awards, stadium seats and more. “The National Museum of American Jewish History encouraged us to incorporate local items that fit the major exhibition themes and our partners at the Cleveland Indians and Baseball Heritage Museum helped us to do that.” In Northeast Ohio, the exhibition will include a Louis Sockalexis photograph, Nuevo Laredo Baseball Club correspondence, a Satchel Paige button, an Al Rosen baseball card and other significant memorabilia commemorating the region’s contributions to baseball history.

Historian and Baseball Heritage Museum Administrator Morris Eckhouse sees CHASING DREAMS as a perfect fit for a city with such a rich baseball legacy. “Cleveland has a history of diversity in baseball and a diversity of baseball,” asserts Eckhouse. “With League Park, the Cleveland Buckeyes, Classic Park, Canal Park and other minor league ballparks dotting the landscape, strong college teams and players like Frank Robinson, Ed Delahanty, Quincy Trouppe, Bobby Ávila, Bob Feller, Minnie Miñoso and Al Rosen, this is a community that is most definitely part of the bigger baseball story.”

CHASING DREAMS runs parallel to baseball season and will be accompanied by a schedule packed with related family-friendly events. “From baseball short plays to a screening of ‘The Kid from Cleveland,’ we’ve got a very diverse and fun lineup of programming in place,” says Allen. The fully illustrated 256-page exhibition companion book and a set of baseball cards developed by Jewish Major Leaguers, Inc. for NMAJH and the American Jewish Historical Society will be available in the Maltz Museum Store.

Major support for CHASING DREAMS: BASEBALL & BECOMING AMERICAN was provided by Steven A. and Alexandra M. Cohen Foundation; Richard A. and Susan P. Friedman Family Foundation; Annette M. And Theodore N. Lerner Family Foundation; Jane and Daniel Och; Marc and Diane Spilker Foundation; Leesa & Leon Wagner; The Wagner Family Foundation; Harriet and Larry Weiss; Judy and Fred Wilpon; and Sam Wisnia. Additional support was provided by the Oakland Athletics, John Fisher and Lew Wolff; Clayman Family Foundation; Cozen O’Connor Foundation; Gary Goldring; Steve and Myrna Greenberg; Macy’s; Michael G. Rubin; Susie and Robert Zeff; The Morris, Max and Sarah Altman Memorial Trust; Arronson Foundation; William S. Comanor Charitable Fund; Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia; Edward H. & Evelyn Rosen Philanthropic Fund; David Seltzer; and many other dedicated fans.

Locally, CHASING DREAMS is sponsored by Cleveland Indians, University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center and The Treu-Mart Fund. The exhibition and its related programming wouldn’t be possible without the generosity Mercedes-Benz & Porsche of North Olmsted; Audrey and Albert Ratner; Swagelok; Susan and John Turben Foundation; Stephen and Penni Weinberg; Baseball Heritage Museum; Cohen & Company; FirstMerit Bank; Lake County Captains; Barb and Abe Miller; Alvin and Laura Siegal; Akron Rubber-Ducks; Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP; Corky & Lenny’s; Dollar Bank; Enterprise Corp.; Grant and Jennifer Dinner; Donald and Lynn-Ann Gries; Hahn Loeser + Parks LLP; David Malik; McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal & Liffman Co., LPA.; Scene Magazine; and Robert and Brenda Weltman. Additional backing for Chasing Dreams is provided by Jim Biggar; Michael and Cindy Duber; Lottie, Rachel and Anita Gray; Ned Grossman; Jack and Minda (z”l) Jaffe; Harvey Kotler; Stephen Spiegle; and Fred Weisman.

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FOR FACEBOOK, TWITTER OR LINKEDIN Baseball’s greatest heroes didn’t just play the game, they changed it. Learn their stories April 12 – Sept 7 @maltzmuseum

FOR LISTINGS Baseball is more than a game. Its legends and myths, its heroes and flops, its struggles and its moments of triumph tell our national story. CHASING DREAMS: BASEBALL & BECOMING AMERICAN, organized by the National Museum of American Jewish History, explores the central role our national pastime has played in the identity of Jews and other minority communities. See it April 12 – September 7, 2015 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, Ohio 44122; 216.593.0575; info@mmjh.org; maltzmusuem.org) Open Tuesday – Sunday. $ 12 adults; $ 10 (seniors 60+ and students 12+); $ 5 youth (ages 5-11).

MALTZ MUSEUM OF JEWISH HERITAGE The Maltz Museum celebrates culture and identity to encourage connection and promote a greater appreciation of Jewish heritage and the diversity of the human experience. Personal stories of struggle, courage and creativity are brought to life through interactive exhibitions and thought-provoking programs. For more information, visit maltzmuseum.org and follow us on Twitter @maltzmuseum and @stopthehateUS.

THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN JEWISH HISTORY Located on historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia, the National Museum of American Jewish History brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America. Tracing the stories of how Jewish immigrants became Jewish Americans, the Museum invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories and reflect on how their histories and identities shape and are shaped by the American experience. An open door for all, NMAJH honors the past and contributes to a better future by sharing the power of imagination and ideas, culture and community, leadership and service, in ways that turn inspiration into action. For more information, visit nmajh.org.







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New Orleans-Themed Urban Design Competition Announces Four Finalists: Urban Land Institute To Hold Finale in April


Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 02, 2015

Four university teams, including two from Harvard University, one from the University of Maryland, and a joint team of students from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin – Madison, have been selected as the finalists for the thirteenth annual Urban Land Institute (ULI) Hines Competition, an ideas competition that challenges graduate students to create proposals for the development or redevelopment of a designated site in a U.S. metropolitan area. The competition is open to graduate students who are pursuing real estate-related studies at universities in North America.

The 2015 competition challenged multidisciplinary student teams with the task of devising a comprehensive design and development program for parts of the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods in downtown New Orleans. This year’s competition is designed to simulate an actual urban design and development scenario, with certain details changed for the purposes of the competition. In April, a $ 50,000 prize will be awarded to the team with the winning proposal, with $ 5,000 of the total going to the school. Each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $ 10,000. This year, 120 teams comprising 600 students from 60 universities participated in the first round of the competition.

The Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods, which make up a historically rich area in the city’s core, contain a mix of residential, industrial and commercial zoning that includes manufacturing plants and other small industrial complexes, many defunct, others still operational. The competition scenario is based on a hypothetical situation in which community stakeholders, including residents, land owners, local businesses, and others in the area bound by the upcoming Lafitte Greenway, the eastern edge of the new medical district, and crossed by the elevated I-10 highway, have come together to create the North Claiborne Neighborhood Improvement Association (NCNIA) – a fictional entity created for the purpose of the competition. NCNIA is seeking a master plan proposal that not only transforms the area into a thriving urban neighborhood, but also highlights its locational advantages, including its proximity to the French Quarter, adjacency to the medical district, and interaction with the Lafitte Greenway.

While based on a hypothetical situation, the 2015 Hines competition reflects many real-life concerns of New Orleans. The competition addresses the city’s continued effort to develop sustainable neighborhoods that represent New Orleans’s uniqueness with the promise of economic innovation and inclusion, as well as access to cultural, employment, transportation, and housing resources. As part of these efforts, the city recently completed the Livable Claiborne Communities (LCC) study.

The finalist teams and development schemes include:


Harvard University: Inspired by the architectural and cultural heritage of the project site and its adjacency to major city destinations and amenities, “Claiborne Grove” recalls the rich landscape that once characterized North Claiborne Avenue and prioritizes redevelopment of the street most critical to the growth and transformation of the neighborhood. The proposal’s central design element is “the Grove,” a linear multi-purpose park and urban landscape sited below elevated Interstate 10.

Harvard University: The project “Tremé 2.0” lays at the southern tip of the old Tremé district, one of New Orleans’s first urbanized neighborhoods outside of the Vieux Carre Rampart. The proposed 23-acre development project anticipatesTremé continuing its great tradition of making innovative transformation to the Crescent City, as it did 200 years ago.

University of Maryland: “The Crossing” development sows the seeds of resilience across the Bienville, Iberville, and Lafitte neighborhoods. By connecting tourist and native, greenway and park, neighborhood and city, The Crossing functions not only as a marketplace of goods, but of ideas and relationships. This commingling of people and place fosters diversity, neighborhood cohesion, and economic opportunity.

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and University of Wisconsin – Madison: “Quartier Vert” creates a vision of a community that operates as an intersection between communities, corridors of activity, and a variety of users. Intertwined within each of these strategies exists a neighborhood fabric that suggests the interaction between the site and its neighbors. Capitalizing on the existing locational and socioeconomic advantages of the area, Quartier Vert seeks to revive and enhance the surrounding community.

“All of the finalists make bold proposals for re-envisioning an area that is rich in potential,” said Jury Chairman J. Michael Pitchford, president and chief executive officer at CPDC in Silver Spring, Maryland. “This year’s submissions provide new approaches for how a combination of uses all work together to create an attractive destination that is financially realistic. These entries are all reflective of an up-and-coming generation that will provide fresh ideas worth exploring in the creation of sustainable urban landscapes.”

The competition jury consists of renowned experts from diverse backgrounds in real estate development. Jurors represent a strategic mix of land use experts, including developers, brokers, architects, urban designers, landscape architects, urban planners, and policy officials. In addition to Jury Chairman Pitchford, other jury members are: Tara Carter Hernandez, president, JCH Development, New Orleans, Louisiana; Dennis Dornan, senior associate and studio director, Perkins+Will, San Francisco, California; Kyrus L. Freeman, partner, Holland & Knight, Washington, D.C.; Jeff Hebert, executive director, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority, New Orleans, Louisiana; Matthew Hopkins, director of architecture and sustainability, StreetSense, Bethesda, Maryland; Michael Horst, consultant, New York, New York; Stephen G. Leeper, president and chief executive officer, 3CDC, Cincinnati, Ohio; Maureen McAvey, senior fellow and Bucksbaum Family chair for retail, ULI, Washington, D.C.; Kathryn L. Reynolds, founder and chief executive officer, Vivelan Group, New Orleans, Louisiana; Halina Steiner, creative director, dlandstudio, Brooklyn, New York; and Byron Stigge, director, Level Infrastructure, New York, New York.

In addition to the four finalists, the jury selected eight team proposals for honorable mention. The jury commended the University of Pennsylvania with “The Zipper: The Lafitte Terminal” for its realistic graphics, stimulating neighborhood vision, and overall good sense of placement; the University of Michigan with “Rooted” for its clear and cogent schematic process along with a cohesive and thoughtful environment vision; Ball State University with “Carondelet Noveau” for its creative spaces along the highway blocks, stimulating visualization of the parkway, and the general treatment under I-10; the University of Oklahoma with “Pulse: The Beat Street District” for the proposed urban layout, general sense of connectivity, and the outline density near block J; a joint team from Kent State University, Cleveland State University and Case Western Reserve University with “Delta Commons” for its distinct neighborhoods nodes and treatment of space under the highway; the University of Texas at Austin with “Claiborne Quarter” for its outstanding pro forma, good optimization of space, sense of scale, and key organizing element; the Georgia Institute of Technology with “Down the Line” for its phasing scheme, thoughtful relocation of the RV park, general space layout, and visual legibility; and the University of Oregon with “Urban Groves” for the diagrammatic visualization, a good optimization of real estate in plan, as well as the outlined cross section, and general presentation board design.

The Hines competition is part of an ongoing ULI effort to raise interest among young people in creating better communities, improving development patterns, and increasing awareness of the need for interdisciplinary solutions to development and design challenges. The competition is strategically structured to encourage cooperation and teamwork—necessary talents in the planning, design and development of sustainable communities—among future land use professionals and allied professions, such as architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, historic preservation, engineering, real estate development, finance, psychology and law. The competition is designed as an exercise; there is no intention that the students’ plans will be implemented as part of any revitalization of the site.

In final phase of the competition, the student finalist teams will have the opportunity to expand their original schemes and respond in more detail. Next month, a member of each team will be brought to New Orleans to tour the site and revise their presentations. On April 9, finalist team members will present their schemes to the competition jury members during a public forum in New Orleans. The event will culminate with the announcement of the winning team.

For more information on the ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, visit: http://uli.org/hines.

About the Urban Land Institute

The Urban Land Institute (uli.org) is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 34,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.







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