The competition jury included Daniel Libeskind
The winners of a competition to design a public space to regenerate Detroit’s waterfront have been revealed.
The competition was run by Detroit’s Urban Priorities Committee, a division of the American Institute of Architects. Daniel Libeskind was one of five jurors appointed to pick the winners.
The competition sought to create a “vibrant public space that connects the city to the waterfront” on a stretch of the Detroit River running from the city’s Renaissance Center to Cobo Hall.
First place went to Atelier Why from Jersey City, United States, while second and third place came from two London-based practices.
Second place Matthew Edward Getch, Maciej Woroniecki, John Coogan and Simon Ronan designed a linear park with different zones for adventure playgrounds and sports fields.
Third place OMMX designed a space defined by a grid and a collection of markers cast in iron from clay moulds crafted by individuals and communities of Detroit. The judges said of the proposal: “This might have been the winner if it was not for the canopy over Jefferson and Woodward”.
Other jurors include Walter Hood of Hood Studio, Reed Kroloff of Jones Kroloff and Lola Sheppard, architect and partner at Lateral Office.