In Detroit, designers have an opportunity to realize their potential without the hindrance of legal obligation. This opportunity comes with great responsibility. We must be critical of the creative agents active in the city to determine who acts in the city's benefit and who takes advantage of its despair.
Any one looking for a design competition should check out the AIA Detroit's "Detroit: By Design" Exhibition and call for proposals. The registration deadline is February 14, 2011. And there are three categories in which to participate Transportation, Urban Centers, and Urban Agriculture.
Hope fully more details about the exhibit will be out soon. Check the AIA Detroit website for future detail. The proposals are outlined below.
SYMPOSIA AND EXHIBITS
“Detroit: By Design”
March - June, 2011
(supported by AIA National, Washington, DC)
Call for Proposal (for Exhibits)
The American Institute of Architects Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee (AIA-UPC) would like to invite students, faculty, and professionals to submit design projects focusing on three themes - transportation, urban centers and urban agriculture - to address Detroit’s current situation and efforts.
Urban Priorities Committee (UPC):
The goal of The UPC of the American Institute of Architects Detroit chapter is to bring awareness to the design community and to promote its involvement in the planning and design of our city and region. We have a role in the design of our communities. We offer our participation and expertise in assisting our city in the historic process of re-shaping the City to achieve a sustainable community design. The proposed 2011 event is to help achieve this common goal, which we hope would assist the City in its historic efforts.
Overview of 2011 Event:
The UPC is organizing a four month long exhibit and symposium about Sustainable Community Design. We are planning to have three events in Spring 2011, each event with a specific topic; Transportation, Urban Centers, and Urban Agriculture. The symposium will have a common thread with the hosting of a panel discussion for each event. While each of the three events will have a specific focus, all three will address one common theme: sustainable community design. Each event will be accompanied by an exhibit of design work focused on the topic.
Purpose of 2011 Event:
The purpose of the 2011 event is intended to supplement the efforts of the Kresge Foundation and Detroit Mayor’s task force initiative of the Detroit Works Project by providing the public an exciting and engaging opportunity to learn, discuss, explore, and challenge the professional world of design and planning.
Requesting Proposals for Exhibit:
We are seeking design or planning projects by students, faculty, or professionals that address the role of transportation, urban centers or urban agriculture in addressing Detroit’s shrinkage and in re-organizing the City. We invite design or planning proposals that draw attention to the four month long symposia planned in Spring 2011; promote the importance of design when planning transportation, urban centers and urban agriculture in a leaner and greener Detroit; educate the design profession and the public about the importance of civic engagement in re-shaping Detroit; and raise awareness of issues that matter to a broad range of stakeholders who may be affected by the City’s new strategic framework planning. While we prefer projects that are based in Detroit, other site locations are welcome, as long as the proposals describe clearly how they can be applied or beneficial to Detroit. A project that addresses all three themes (transportation, urban centers, and urban agriculture) together is also welcome.
Registration Deadline: February 14, 2011
If you are interested in submitting your proposal, please download the registration form (click here), fill it out and send the completed form to UPC@aiadetroit.com