Dozens of teams of graduate students from across the country are competing to create a development proposal for sustainable growth in the area of New Orleans bound by the Lafitte Greenway and the eastern edge of the new medical district, and crossed by the elevated I-10 highway. The study area for the Urban Land Institute Hines Competition includes parts of the Tulane/Gravier and Iberville neighborhoods.

Four teams will be chosen as finalists in February. In March, the finalist teams will have the opportunity to expand their original schemes. In April, finalist team members will present their schemes to the competition jury during a public forum in New Orleans.

The event will culminate with the announcement of the winning team, which will receive $50,000. Each of the remaining three finalist teams will receive $10,000.

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.

The study area also has been of interest to the city of New Orleans, which recently completed the Livable Claiborne Communities study.

This study, encompassing seven diverse neighborhoods and a portion of the Central Business District, links community revitalization analysis and recommendations for the Claiborne Corridor with transportation and redevelopment scenarios.