The Detroit Institute of Arts and Midtown Detroit, Inc.
are pleased to announce that eight semifinalists have been selected to move forward in the «DIA Plaza and Midtown Cultural Connections» design competition. Forty-four submissions representing over 10 countries and 22 cities from around the world were received. The competition centers around enhancing and enlivening the visitor experience in the arts and cultural district and seeks an outstanding integrated design team for developing an urban and landscape design strategy to connect all 12 educational and cultural institutions in Midtown Detroit.
Teams were asked to submit their qualifications and were rated on the following criteria:
Exceptional design flair and creative ability — 20%
Demonstrated design sensibility and approach — 20%
Role of civic participation in prior work — 20%
Related experience of project team — 10%
Role of women and minorities in the proposed scope of work — 10%
Proven ability to meet budget and schedule — 10%
Understanding local context and issues in prior work — 10%
The finalists are listed in alphabetical order:
agence ter, Paris, France | Team Partners: Akoaki, Harley Etienne, rootoftwo, and TranssolarKlimaEngineering
Hood Design Studio, Oakland, CA | Team Partners: NADAAA, Alibi Studio, Culture Lab Detroit, and Arup
Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston, MA | Team Partner: James Carpenter Design Associates
Spackman Mossop Michaels, Detroit, MI | Team Partners: SITU, MIT Civic Data Design Lab, Brandan «BMike» Odums, and Britney Stoney
Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Boston, MA | Team Partners: Tetra Tech
UNStudio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands | Team Partners: SurfaceDesign, inFORM Studio, Futurecity, Giffels Webster, Silman, and Atelier Ten
Ten x Ten, Minneapolis, MN | Team Partners: MASS Design Group, Local Projects, D MET Studio, Atelier Ten, and HR&A Advisors
WXY architecture + urban design, New York, NY | Team Partners: DesignJones LLC, Leong Leong, McEwen Studio/A(n) Office, and Tiff Massey
The eight firms will each make 45-minute public presentations followed by 30-minute Q&A sessions in the DIA's Danto Lecture Hall on June 13 and 14. Admission is free, but registration is required. Click the ticketing link to reserve your seat.