Carnegie Mellon University team wins Disney design competition

by: Bill Zlatos Updated:

PITTSBURGH —

A team of Carnegie Mellon University students won a national competition sponsored by Disney that combines creativity with engineering skills.

The students were among 24 finalists from six universities in the competition sponsored by Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions, cruise ships, real estate developments and regional entertainment venues worldwide. The students learned they won Friday.

The theme of this year's 23rd annual contest was to design an experience for a large city that transforms it for the enjoyment of its citizens and visitors. The experience had to take advantage of the existing infrastructure.

CMU undergraduates Angeline Chen, Christina Brant, John Brieger and Matthew Ho won the contest for “Antipode,” a two-week festival of cultural exchange in Bangkok and Lima, Peru. Magical “whispering trees” serve as portals and leak out memories between the two cities.

Second place went to California Institute of the Arts for “Time Embassy,” an attraction that allows guests to experience Rome during the Italian Renaissance in a time-traveling taxi.

UCLA took third place for “Ilhavela,” an extravaganza that leads visitors and locals on a chase through Rio de Janeiro.

CMU finished second last year and in 2012.

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