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Competition Deadline: July 31st.

 


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2014 Design Awards

Regististration extended to July 7th

 

 

AIAD Latest Articles

EVENT | 4th Annual Dumke Open

A Scramble Tournament Where Architecture Wins

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | Stonebridge Golf Club, Ann Arbor, MI

9:00am Registration
10:00am Shotgun Start
3:00pm Gathering
3:30pm Dinner

Entry Fee Options:

Par Package - $175 per golfer – includes your golf with cart, lunch, dinner, and eligibility for gifts and door prizes. A cash bar is available on the course and at dinner.
Birdie Package - $600 per foursome – includes your golf with cart, lunch, dinner, and eligibility for gifts and door prizes. A cash bar is available on the course and at dinner.

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EVENTS | Culture Lab Detroit

Other Industry Events & Competitions

April 30 | Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit's TechTown district with public art and light.

Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. For more information on how to apply, please go to www.midtownviaducts.com for a full set of guidelines. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, April 30, 2014.

May 15 - July 31 | Parallel Projections "Reanimate the Ruins" Competition

Parallel Projections invites you to participate in this open, international design competition; Reanimate The Ruins! Participants are charged to investigate and propose a new dynamic and adaptive urban node on one of the city's most iconic sites, the Packard Auto Plant.
Cast your vision for the rehabilitation of Detroit through the introduction of secondary urban nodes of destiny to support the city center. Use elements that make up a successful urban area through new mixed-use construction, while leaving part of the Packard in ruins as a monument to its history.

This competition is open to all include architects, engineers, urban designers, artists, and students. Competition registration opens May 15th and closes July 31st. First place includes a $3000 prize! Find out more at parallelprojections.com.

2014 Architecture / Digital Media Summer Camp

The University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture is currently enrolling students for the 2014 Architecture and Digital Media summer camp. The camp will take place at UDM between June 23rd - 27th and is open to any 9th - 12th graders. The application deadline is June 3rd. Preivous camps have been a great way of engaging young people and exposing them to school and architecture as a profession. For more information or to apply, visit the SOA website.

 

Guest commentary: Listen to the people turn unused land into upbeat plans

This is the first of an occasional series of guest columns about the challenges that Detroit's vacant land poses and strategies to find uses for it.

Jazz, Motown, pop, rock, techno, hip hop -- it goes without saying that Detroit has a rich music history. Our music has always reflected our great city. Perhaps now our great city can reflect a piece of our music. We need a little syncopation.

In music, syncopation means to take weak, less dominant musical notes, and make them stronger. In Detroit, something akin to this process has been happening organically over several decades.

As the vibrant economy of the mid-20th Century has been weakening, new forces of change have emerged -- residents, churches, community associations, nonprofits and others have taken it upon themselves to start shifting us away from the status quo.

Through the process of Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning, we can work together to guide the shift to become a city that works better for our entire community. We can create a syncopated Detroit that will amplify the weaker notes, giving them room to grow, and reinforce a new balanced city that builds on our greatest asset, the people of Detroit.

When it comes to land use, the single family home and the large industrial site were the dominant urban notes of 20th Century Detroit. We already know that with the losses in population and industry, these land uses have given way to vacancy. Surveys suggest that there are approximately 20 to 40 square miles of undesignated open space (i.e., vacant land and buildings) within Detroit's 139 square miles. This range spans almost the size of Manhattan (22.9 square miles) to nearly the size of San Francisco (46.9 square miles).

The question has always been: What do we do with this land? DWP Long Term Planning suggests we need to analyze data, but also look to Detroiters for guidance. For years, they have been creatively using this land like a musician composes a song. They have been taking the weaker notes that exist in our city and making them stronger by transforming them into the sites for community spaces, festivals, art parks, rain water collection, markets and urban gardens and farms. For example, the residents of Brightmoor transformed a one-story single family home into a stage for an outdoor theater.

All land has value -- social value and cultural value, in addition to economic value. Throughout the city of Detroit, people are innovatively using the vacant land and illustrating it as an asset versus a liability. They are creating productive landscapes -- spaces that engage the public while also enabling a diverse economy of products and services.

The result is a new land use where something is made, a service is provided, the environment is healed, jobs are created, and people have a place to play.

 

Detroit Works Project Long Term Planning wants to strategically take these emerging notes and make them stronger and, in turn, build a 21st Century equitable and ecological city for all people -- a richer Detroit for Detroiters.

Dan Pitera is executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center at the University of Detroit Mercy and the Detroit Works Project's Long Term Planning Civic Engagement Lead.

Full Article Compliments of The Detroit Free Press Here: http://www.freep.com/article/20120401/OPINION05/204010483/Guest-commentary-?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Opinion|s

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