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Open Call for Art + Light: Detroit TechTown

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.

 

The Second and Cass Avenue viaducts are two fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in TechTown, a 20-block emerging innovation district anchored by three key institutions in Midtown Detroit-Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the Henry Ford Health System. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district. This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life-making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through.

 

This call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties:  Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne . National and international partners may be included in any given team as long as the project lead can prove residency or physical presence in one of the previously mentioned eight counties. A panel of Detroit-based curators and arts professionals will select winning proposals.

 

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

·Conceives an imaginative transformation of space and conceptual design

·Combines art and function to create a friendlier environment that promotes use of the space

·Creates a signature presence for the viaducts that encourages daytime and nighttime interaction

·Provides adequate and artfully designed lighting

·Utilizes sustainable building materials and is feasible to maintain

·Contributes to TechTown's identity as a hub of innovation

 

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.

 

Helpful Links:

Online Application: https://midtowndetroitinc.slideroom.com

Midtown Viaducts:www.midtownviaducts.com

Midtown Detroit, Inc.: http://midtowndetroitinc.org/

New Economy Initiative:http://neweconomyinitiative.org/

April DC3 Lectures

Other Industry Events

DC3 Lecture: Art Interventions

DC3 and Culture Lab Detroit present an evening of conversation and collaboration on Art Interventions, featuring David Adjaye, Humberto & Fernando Campana, Theaster Gates, and David Stark. April 24, 2014 at 6pm at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education. Click here to RSVP or visit www.culturelabdetroit.org. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

DC3 Concert: 'In Cahoots'

DC3 and Culture Lab Detroit present a musical mash-up on April 26, 2014 at Trinosophes. Featured artists include My Brightest Diamond & Migguel Anggelo. Visit www.culturelabdetroit.org for more information or email  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parallel Projections Competition

Parallel Projection's design competition, ReAnimate the Ruins, opens for registration on May 15.  The competition will run from May 15 until July 31 and winners are scheduled to be announced August 15.  To learn more about the competition, please visit our website atwww.parallelprojections.com.

Congratulations On Your New Project AIA Member

Name/ Location of Project: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ Sanctuary Addition and Renovations Rochester, Michigan

Owner: First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ
1315 N. Pine St. Rochester, Michigan 48307

Architect: Constantine George Pappas AIA Architecture/ Planning
1025 S. Washington Royal Oak, Michigan 48067 248-629-8998 fax 248-298-3192
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General Contractor: Frank Rewold and Sons, Inc. 333 East Second St.
Rochester, Michigan 48307

AIAD Up close - Photos

Photographer: David Rose, Photographer

Project Description:

This project consists of a new 375 seat sanctuary addition with associated lower level community spaces. The total size of the new addition is 14,000SF, 7000SF each floor. The concept is based on the cross sectional articulation of a box and how to manipulate light into the interior of the worship space. The box, or church, is divided into a series of tiers and clerestories. The first represents the support area and seating of the Church. The second tier represents the Chancel or religious activity area of the Church. The third tier, created above the pipe organ platform, allows northern light to spill onto the pipe organ and Chancel area. Each tier is structurally detailed to strengthen its space below.

Intended to be intimate from its inception, the sanctuary allows the congregation to be no further than 40 feet from the Communion Table and Chancel. Further efforts to increase natural light into the sanctuary are derived through the use of high clerestories around the box.  On the exterior, the raised tier of the sanctuary is defined with horizontal lapboard siding.  Protruding out of this material is the pipe organ platform, sheathed with vertical siding, expressing the vertical nature of the pipe organ. The remaining portions of the exterior building materials are defined with two colors of masonry, one representing the boundaries of the square, and the other representing the support areas of the Sanctuary. A 57’-0” high steel cross emanates from the Chancel and penetrates the roof expressing the Church’s mission and invitation to the community.

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