This competition challenges architects, engineers, planners, artists and students from around the globe to rethink and reshape the ruins of Detroit’s historical Packard Motor Plant.
You are charged to investigate and propose a new dynamic and adaptive urban node that will reinvigorate Detroit. Rethink urban practices surrounding public transportation, sustainable systems, and spatial organization.
The aim is to memorialize the Packard’s current ruined state, while simultaneously imagining a future that will heal Detroit technologically, socially and aesthetically.
Charge | Author Wendell Berry wrote, “All good human work remembers its history.” Competition proposals should seek to embody this notion. We are asking not only for solutions to Detroit’s current woes, but also for a memorial to its dilapidated state, the evidence of its history.
In this regard, you are charged to present a new vision for the Packard Motor Plant, which leaves a portion of the structure in ruins. Among the ruins, incorporate a transit center and museum to act as the nexus for your design intervention, attracting all other elements to them. The remaining program should include civic, residential, business and entertainment amenities. Participants must also consider recreational and public spaces necessary to support the program listed above.
Design proposals should retain selective elements of the Packard Motor Plant, which provide unique insight into Detroit’s decline, while simultaneously envisioning a new, lively, and engaging urban node. Bend architectural norms to create new urban forms, which lend themselves to the confluence of residential, commercial and civic programs. Ultimately, people are the makers of place; create an environment that encourages human engagement and expression.
- Competition Officially Opens - May 15th, 2014
- Early Registration - May 15th - May 31st, 2014
- Regular Registration - June 1st - July 14th, 2014
- Late Registration - July 15th - July 31st, 2014
- Closing Date for Submissions - July 31st, 2014
- Jury Deliberation - August 1st - August 15th, 2014
- Announcement of Winners and Publication at www.parallelprojections.com - Friday, August 15th, 2014
Note: All deadlines are 11:59 pm - 00:00 GMT (London)
Winning participants will receive cash prizes currently being coordinated and established with Sponsors. Currently participants will receive prizes totaling US $6,000 distributed as follows:
- 1st Place: $3,000
- 2nd Place: $2,000
- 3rd Place: $1,000
There will also be 6 honorable mentions.