Reanimate the Ruins International Architecture Competition

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.

Category Idea Competition / Open to Students
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Renovation
Country London, UK
RegDeadline 31 July 2014 (See "Entry Fee" below) GoogleCal iCal
31 July 2014 (via Online)
Eligibility All

Once the fourth largest city in America and Michigan’s primary Metropolis, Detroit has recently filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States. Among the many reasons for Detroit’s decline, two stand out: an undiversified economic model, reliant on the production and sale of automobiles, and an unprecedented degree of sprawl. Currently more than 77% of jobs in the metropolitan area reside more than ten miles from the city center, making Detroit the most job sprawled city in the United States. Detroit’s deterioration is just as much about urban decline as it is about industrial decline. Detroit is located in the Midwest portion of the United States and is part of a larger band of cities known as the Rust Belt which have gone through a process of decline over the past decades.
A midst the ruins of Detroit stands the Packard Motor Plant. This 40-acre site once represented the height of the American Industrial Era; boasting 15 factory buildings and 36,000 employees producing luxury vehicles. It now stands gutted and vandalized, as a symbol of Detroit’s staggering collapse.
However, due to its strategic location only four miles from the city center, the Packard holds immense potential to address and combat the sprawl which contributed to Detroit’s downturn.
Participants are charged to investigate and propose a new dynamic and adaptive urban node on the site of the Packard. Artfully frame Detroit’s history by retaining elements of the ruined Packard Motor plant while simultaneously casting your vision for Detroit’s future through the introduction of mix-used program and new construction. Include programmatic elements that make up a successful urban area, whether they be civic, residential, business, entertainment, or cultural.
Consider a sustainable urban hierarchy by including a public transportation hub somewhere in the site. Ideally, this Packard site will exist as the flagship for other secondary urban nodes that will collectively support and connect to the city center.

Dan Kinkead, Director of Projects, Detroit Future City
Adam Modesitt , Senior Design Associate & Digital Specialist at SHoP architects
Najahyia Chinchilla, Architect at Gensler and Detroit Urban Priorities Committee member
James Witherspoon, Architect at Hamilton Anderson Associates

1st place: $3000 USD
2nd place: $2000 USD
3rd place: $1000 USD
6 honorable mentions

Entry Fee
Early Registration (May 15th - May 31st): $60
Normal Registration (June 1st - July 14th): $80
Late Registration (July 15th - July 31st): $100

Two ArchD -24”x36”- sized presentation boards

Jury Deliberation: August 1st - August 15th, 2014
Announcement of Winners and Publication at August 15th, 2014

Parallel Projections

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