Woodbury Students win 2017 Healthy Places Competition

Woodbury students Jake Cattanach and Paul Esteban were part of the winning team in the 2017 Healthy Places Student Competition.

A panel of experts narrowed down the competition entries to three finalist teams who made a presentation to the Jury determining the winner. Jake and Paul were part of bLend at Kearny Mesa, the winning team proposal that received an award of $2,500. bLend’s development agenda focused on facilitating functional uses that would bring Kearny Mesa to a human scale. The project included team members from multiple universities:

  • Krystal Ayala, San Diego State University
  • Tina Camera, San Diego State University
  • Jake Cattanach, Woodbury University
  • Sepehr Dastgheibi, San Diego State University
  • Paul Esteban, Woodbury University
  • Christopher Nesbitt, University of San Diego
  • Dillon Weisner, University of San Diego

The students competed in an exercise of responsible land use through a design and development competition focusing on healthy communities. All submitted projects had to incorporate the highest and best use of land as well as adhering to ULI’s Building Healthy Places Principles along with financial feasibility. You can find out more about the winning proposal online.

About Healthy Places Student Competition

ULI San Diego-Tijuana District Council is focused on providing leadership and education in the responsible use of land. One of the most important, but least understood, relationships is between the built environment and public health. The United States and many other industrialized nations are currently experiencing unprecedented increases in child obesity, lung and heart disease, diabetes and other diseases having a direct relationship to the quality of the man-made environment that we live in and the behaviors that environment encourages and promotes. Too often the purpose of good design and development is not to promote the health and well-being of the users of the environment, but to make an aesthetic statement or to produce the greatest profit. The purpose of the Healthy Places Student Competition (Competition) is to elevate and publicize the strong relationship between the design of our cities and our health.


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