The American Institute of Architects Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee (AIA-UPC) is conducting a design competition to redesign the riverfront of Detroit. 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 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.
UPDATE | Symposium and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 6:30-8:00 pm | Doors and Bar Open 6pm
Detroit Institute of Arts, Kresge Court,5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
The site contains the international tunnel to Canada, the Port Authority Building, the scar of the recently demolished Ford Auditorium, a multi-story parking structure that obstructs views to the water for most buildings downtown, and Hart Plaza- an outdoor public park that hosts festivals. Along the perimeter of the site are the Renaissance Center- which includes General Motor’s headquarters, Cobo Hall- a convention center, Joe Luis Arena- concert venue and home of the RedWings, City Hall and commercial office buildings. With all of these functions it would seem that this would be a highly utilized space. However, on an average day it is quite empty and at times almost desolate
Aug 1, 2012 – Registration Open
Nov 30, 2012 – Proposals Due
Dec 4, 2012 – Symposium
Daniel Libeskind – Studio Libeskind
Walter Hood – Hood Studio
Reed Kroloff – Cranbrook Academy of Art
Faye Alexander Nelson – Detroit Riverfront Conservancy
Lola Sheppard – Lateral Office
More information at the Detroit By Design 2012: Detroit Riverfront Design Competition
IMAGE CREDIT: Flickr User dsearls
WORLD LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IS NOT INVOLVED WITH THE ORGANISATION OF THIS COMPETITION. Please contact the organisers with questions.