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Columbia University, Pratt Institute Team Wins 2020 ULI Hines Urban Design Competition to Redevelop Miami Site

A team of students from Columbia University and Pratt Institute won the 2020 Urban Land Institute / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, a two-day virtual presentation. The redevelopment plan focused on an area in midtown Miami, split between the Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods.

The winning plan titled, “La Mezcla,” is designed around three pillars: ecology, community, and economy. The mixed-use development proposal creates an environmentally-sustainable community that remains relevant through ensuing climate change.

ULI Hines Jury Chair, ULI Trustee and ULI Foundation Governor Richard M. Gollis says, “This was one of the most complicated study areas that Hines competitors have ever had to work with. It required a solution that covered millions of square feet of potential development, realities of south Florida resiliency, social equity for stakeholder communities, and significant regional transit connectivity.

Mr. Hines was among those watching the virtual presentations. Members of the winning team were awarded a prize of $50,000. The remaining three finalist teams, including representatives from the University of Cincinnati, Cornell University, Columbia University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, each will receive $10,000.

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Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services. In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company. In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix. Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator. Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements. Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.

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