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Sources: Stephanie Rolley, 785-532-5961,;
and Blake Belanger, 785-532-1096,
News release prepared by: Katie Mayes, 785-532-6415,

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


MANHATTAN -- A multidisciplinary team of Kansas State University students recently finished second out of 90 teams in the Urban Land Institute’s Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition, earning a $10,000 cash prize.

Team members included Junbin Feng, master's student in business administration, and John Perry, a master's student in landscape architecture, both of Manhattan; Christopher Morton, fifth-year landscape architecture student, Englewood, Colo., Anthony Fox, fifth-year landscape architecture student, St. Charles, Mo.; and Bryan Zundel, a master's student in regional and community planning, St. Louis, Mo.

For the competition, teams were asked to create a design proposal for a 75-acre site in downtown Denver, Colo. The K-State team’s design looked forward to the year 2050 and was a community-focused urban development.

The team's faculty adviser was Blake Belanger, assistant professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning. Stephanie Rolley, professor of landscape architecture and regional and community planning, assisted with the project.

"The Urban Land Institute is the premier land development professional organization in the U.S.," Rolley said. "The Gerald D. Hines competition is the competition to be in. It is wonderful recognition for K-State."

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