The winner of the Detroit Institute of Arts Midtown Cultural Connections international design competition, announced June 10th, is a project called “Detroit Square” designed by Agence Ter, a Paris, France-based landscaping firm; Akoaki, a Detroit-based architecture firm; roofoftwo, a Detroit design studio, and a University of Michigan professor.
“Detroit is daring to dream big again,” said Maurice Cox, the city’s director of planning and development. “This is a city that has never been afraid to take on extraordinary aspirational challenges and realize them.”
The project combines world-class architecture with a local Detroit flavor to reimagine the 83-acre area in Midtown into a walkable, distinct public sphere that connects 12 artistic, educational and cultural institutions.
The international design competition was launched in 2017 by Midtown Detroit, Inc. and the Detroit Institute of Arts to align 12 cultural and educational institutions, creating a connected cultural district in Midtown. The other stakeholder institutions include: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, College for Creative Studies, Detroit Historical Society, Detroit Public Library, Hellenic Museum of Michigan, International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Michigan Science Center, The Scarab Club, University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.