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Miami Hosts 2020 ULI, Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition

A gathering of students from around the United States will convene online to compete in the 18th annual ULI / Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition this week. With a $50,000 grand prize in the running and another $30,000 in prizes, students will compete to solve an urban challenge in Miami.

An area in midtown Miami, split between the Wynwood and Edgewater neighborhoods, will be the study site for the 2020 competition. Actual design, planning, and development scenarios will be proposed that reflects Miami’s vision to reduce congestion and become more resilient by encouraging walkable neighborhoods around transit nodes. The Florida East Coast Railway bisects the study area envisioned as a thriving, mixed-use neighborhood around a commuter train station. Students will consider issues of housing affordability, sustainability, and resilience in their proposals.

This year, 124 teams representing 56 universities in the U.S. and Canada registered to compete. A jury of ULI members will select four finalist teams. The teams will present their proposal twice: first to a panel of local experts, and then to the jury during a public forum on April 7.

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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.