In the next couple years, the area around the Detroit Institute of Arts will transform with clearer public spaces and connections to the surrounding cultural landmarks. A competition to design the space launched earlier this year, and now eight finalists have been chosen to advance.
The competition—led by the DIA and Midtown Detroit Inc.—received 44 submissions from ten countries and 22 cities. Design firms were ranked in categories such as design flair and creative ability, design sensibility and approach, and the role of civic participation in the firms’ prior work.
The finalists are:
- agence ter from Paris, France with team partners Akoaki, Harley Etienne, rootoftwo, and Transsolar Klima Engineering
- Hood Design Studio from Oakland, CA with team partners NADAAA, Alibi Studio, Culture Lab Detroit, and Arup
- Mikyoung Kim Design from Boston, MA with team partner James Carpenter Design Associates
- Spackman Mossop Michaels from Detroit with team partners SITU, MIT Civic Data Design Lab, Brandan “BMike” Odums, and Britney Stoney
- Stoss Landscape Urbanism from Boston, MA with team partners McEwen Studio/A(n) Office, Tiff Massey, and Tetra Tech
- UNStudio from Amsterdam, The Netherlands with team partners SurfaceDesign, inFORM Studio, Futurecity, Giffels Webster, Silman, and Atelier Ten
- Ten x Ten, Minneapolis, MN with team partners MASS Design Group, D MET Studio, Atelier Ten, and HR&A Advisors
- WXY architecture + urban design from New York, NY with team partners DesignJones LLC, Leong Leong, McEwen Studio/A(n) Office, and Tiff Massey
In the next round of competition, the firms will make 45-minute public presentations on June 13 and 14. Those interested in attending should register.
A jury will then select three finalists, who will make presentations in January 2019. A winner will be chosen in March 2019.