April 8, 2005
A redevelopment plan for a portion of the Magna Township in Utah’s Salt Lake Valley, presented by a team representing the University of Colorado, was selected as the winning scheme in the third annual ULI (Urban Land Institute) Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition. Colorado’s entry was selected over plans submitted by other competition finalist teams from Columbia University, Harvard University, and the University of Texas-Austin. The graduate student teams, competing in a student ideas competition, were charged with master planning one of two development sites outside of Salt Lake City. The winning team was announced following the final round of the competition, which was held in that city on April 1. As the winner, the interdisciplinary Colorado team was awarded a $50,000 prize. Team members were Thomas Magloczki (team leader), Nathan Abbott, Blake Belanger, Blake Church, and Chip Radebaugh. The three remaining finalist teams each received $10,000. The competition is designed as an exercise; there is no guarantee that the students’ plans will be implemented as part of any revitalization of the site. The competition site of Magna includes developable and undevelopable areas. The developable component includes both Main Street, currently owned by several entities, and undeveloped land, owned by Kennecott Land. Main Street, the township’s underutilized commercial and civic focal point, was defined for the competition as a 100-acre area one block north and one block south of 2700 South. The Northwest Planning Area site stretches south of Interstate 80 and east of the impoundment berm encircling Tailings Pond. It is a completely undeveloped site. The four finalists’ entries were selected from 72 submissions sent from 25 universities across the United States. Four team entries were previously selected for honorable mentions: “Sustainable Roots,” from the Georgia Institute of Technology; “Trading Places,” from Harvard University; “Reclaiming the Edge,” also from Harvard University; and “New Magna,” from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The ULI Gerald D. Hines Urban Design Competition has been funded in perpetuity with a $3 million endowment from Gerald Hines. Hines is widely known as an industry leader who pioneered the use of high-quality planning and architecture as a marketable feature of development in office, residential and mixed-use projects across the United States and in 13 foreign countries. For more information, see The Urban Land Institute's Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition website.