Detroit riverfront competition

American Institute of Architects Detroit's Urban Priorities Committee

consegna entro il 30 novembre 2012

The competition will focus on the area between Cobo Hall and the Renaissance Center and between Jefferson Avenue and the Detroit River. This section of Riverfront which includes Hart Plaza is at the heart of the city. The major streets from the radial street plan created by Augustus Woodward (based on L'Enfant's layout of Washington D.C.) intersect just north of this site.

The site lost its prominence as the city's town square when a new park was created a couple of block to the north. Campus Martius is now the location of the Christmas Tree, skating rink and concerts. People in the area love the space along the river because of the memories associated with it but the memories are not enough to attract new functions. How can the city capitalize on this unique site and use the space to connect and vitalize the surrounding area?

Program. Create a vibrant public space that connects the city to the riverfront.
The program is direct and purposefully vague with the intention of generating creative solutions. Design solutions can be approached from an architectural, urban planning or artistic perspective. Multi-disciplinary teams are encouraged as a way to engage the unique challenges of the site. The clients are the diverse users that could potentially utilize this space - business people that are looking for somewhere to lunch on a sunny afternoon, families that come down for a festival, children out for a walk with their parents, tourist that have come to Detroit for the first time, local residents that go for a run after work, suburban couples that come downtown for a date or concert, Canadian neighbors looking across the water.

Jurors: Daniel Libeskind - Studio Libeskind Walter Hood - Hood Studio Reed Kroloff - Cranbrook Academy of Art Faye Alexander Nelson - Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Lola Sheppard - Lateral Office.

Competition Prizes
- First Place - $5000, Trip to Detroit* and lecture at an AIA sponsored event
- Second Place - $2500
- Third Place - $1000

Aug 1, 2012 - Registration Open
Nov 30, 2012 - Proposals Due
Dec 6, 2012 - Symposium

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