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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:

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Whos on Top at CES? 20 Live Finalists Appear on Stage at 2015 International CES

New York, NY (PRWEB) December 23, 2014

Today, Living in Digital Times announces the finalists for their two lifestyle technology awards. Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown, longtime CES favorites, honor remarkable innovation in the hottest new gadgets and most likely to succeed mobile apps technology at this year’s International CES®. From a 3D printer that prints with recycled bottles to a pocket-sized molecular sensor, Last Gadget Standing finalists show true innovation, while Mobile Apps Showdown finalists bring app development to a new level from an app that helps users become a pastry chef to a total solution for online security.

“The press are always sharing their opinions but it’s the public that really knows a winner,” said Robin Raskin, founder and president of Living in Digital Times. “Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown are designed to be the people’s vote.”

What’s happened so far:

Finalists for each award were selected by an expert panel of judges, including journalists, engineers and developers. At the live show, once again hosted by Jon Hein of Howard Stern’s “The Wrap-up Show,” an audience of over 500 CES attendees will vote using a sound applause meter for a winner for each award. There’s also an online vote which is open now through January 8, 2015 at 9 a.m. PST at and Two winners for each award, the live vote and online vote, will be announced at the live events.

Last Gadget Standing finalists will demo their new gadgets on-stage on January 8th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), North Hall, Room N255. Finalists include:

EKOCYCLE Cube from Cubify. 3D printers are now common, but the EKOCYCLE is the only one that prints using plastic filament, made in part from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. It combines the maker spirit (actually, the re-maker spirit) and the environmental spirit in a single breakthrough product.
FLIR FX from FLIR Security. If it were just a Wi-Fi camera, it would be one of many, but the FLIR FX can be a wearable action camera or a dash-cam with built-in four hour battery. The camera’s Wi-Fi hotspot lets users access live video and operate the camera even if their away from the Internet.
Petziconnect from Petzila. Smartphone are now treat phones. With Petziconnect, users can see and talk to their pet when they’re away from home, and they can even dispense a treat.
Phorus PS5 Speaker from Phorus. The PS5 is a wireless speaker, but it’s so much more. It supports both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, streams from one’s own network media player or from online services, multiple units can be coordinated, and lets the user’s smartphone serve as a remote. It’s the wireless speaker, reimagined. Oh, and it sounds great, too.
Ring Video Doorbell from Ring. Doorbells just went worldwide. With the Ring Video doorbell, users can see and talk to the person at their door, using their smartphone, from anywhere.
SCiO from ConsumerPhysics. SCiO is a pocket molecular sensor, which means users can point it at something, such as a food item, and it will tell them about the item, at a molecular level. Is that turkey or tofurkey? SCiO knows.
Singtrix from Singtrix. Karaoke from the makers of Guitar Hero. Vocal effects, mic, stand, and controller, a full studio designed to make everyone sound great.
V.ALRT from VSN Mobil. The V.ALRT is the only non-subscription wearable personal alert device. Users can summon help using a button on the device, plus it will summon help automatically if one falls. The V.ALRT communicates via Bluetooth with their smartphone, which automatically sends the help request.
There are also two embargoed gadgets that are sure to wow to crowd. They’ll be unveiled for the first time at CES.

Mobile Apps Showdown finalists will present their new apps on-stage on January 8th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention and World Trade Center (LVCC), North Hall, Room N255. Finalists include:

Blur from Abine. Blur is a total solution for online security. Like many apps, it can manage passwords, but it also can mask user’s email, credit cards and phone number, and stop online trackers. It lets users decide who gets their personal information.
Breathometer from Breathometer. The Breathometer app, in conjunction with one of their two inexpensive breath measurement devices, can measure one’s blood alcohol content (BAC). Safe to drive? Ask Breathometer.
Fitnet from Fitnet. Fitnet videos are nice, but with the Fitnet app, users also get feedback on their training, as it analyzes their workout using their phone or tablet’s camera. Finally, a great use for selfie cams.
Hi.Q from Hi.Q. Hi.Q is a health and fitness app that tries to make users more knowledgeable about health and fitness. It uses quizzes to both help users learn, and help the app assess their level of knowledge. It also features community input to add to the engagement.
Lyve from Lyve Minds. Lyve helps users consolidate all their videos and photos in one place, using one of their two hardware storage devices. It also has sharing features, works with social media, and makes it easy for one’s cell phone pictures and video to become part of their permanent collection.
Perfect Bake from Pure Imagination. Smartphone or tablet in the kitchen while baking, usually a big mistake, but with Perfect Bake the tablet becomes the aide-de-chef and users can cook with more precision and better results. The system includes a scale, three mixing bowls, oven thermometer and of course the recipes.
SHAREit from Lenovo. With SHAREit, no cellphone is an island, it’s media kept entirely to itself. SHAREit lets Android phones become a part of the main, and easily share things, fast and convenient.
SPOT-ON from Wajam. SPOT-ON is a game that lets users play eye-spy with friends. Given a photo, players identify as many things in the photo as possible, and the best spotter wins.
Yuggler from Yuggler. Yuggler is all about kids activities. Users can share info about their own, or discover what others in their area are doing. Is the beach crowded, or maybe it’s a better day for the zoo?
uCiC from uCiC. The uCiC app lets users reach out to others, based on their location, and get photos back from them, showing what’s going on there, right now. Or ping someone, asking for a photo of something their near.

Follow Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown on Twitter @GadgetLast, “like” Mobile Apps Showdown on Facebook and use the hashtags #LastGadgetCES and #MobileAppsCES.

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Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at the International CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Fitness Tech Summit, Lifelong Tech, Kids@Play Summit, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, MommyTech TV, Wearables and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Battle of the Bands, and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs. For more information, visit and keep up with our latest news on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

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The International CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for more than 40 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the technology trade association representing the $ 211 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed. Follow CES online at and through social media:

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