The international DIA Plaza and Midtown Cultural Connections design competition was launched last year by the DIA and Midtown Detroit to unite 12 cultural and educational institutions, creating a connected cultural district and a town square for the surrounding neighborhoods. Exhibitions of the finalists proposals are on view at the Detroit Institute of Arts through April 1, 2019. The winning team, selected by a jury that includes Taubman College Dean Jonathan Massey, will be honored with the project bid. Winners will be announced in mid-March, 2019.
In The Dirt, editor Jared Green recaps the finalists’ public presentations on Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Of the Agence Ter team, Green states:
“All the teams seek to shrink down the width of boulevards; remove parking; add event spaces, cafes, and public art installations; and vastly expand public green space. The new designs could be the National Mall of Detroit or a lush, interactive university campus. The design teams seek to bring people in from around the Detroit and the suburbs and keep them there, engaged, enlightened, and entertained year-round.
The Agence Ter team offered meandering paths through forested and planted areas, with experimental event spaces for local artists and public art installations that speak to Detroit’s unique history.”