Reanimate The Ruins Competition, Detroit

Reanimate The Ruins Design Contest, Detroit Competition, Michigan

Reanimate The Ruins Competition

Detroit Design Contest – Michigan Architecture, USA: Parallel Projections

19 Apr 2014

Reanimate The Ruins Design Competition

Reanimate The Ruins Architecture Contest


Detroit, once the fourth largest city in America and Michigan’s primary Metropolis, 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, stretching essential services beyond capacity. 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.

Reanimate The Ruins Competition

Amidst 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.

Parallel Projections invites you to participate in this open, international design competition: Reanimate The Ruins!
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.

This competition is open to all include architects, engineers, urban designers, artists, and students. You can enter as an individual or as a team with up to four members. Competition registration opens May 15th and closes July 31st.
Early Registration: May 15, 2014 – May 30, 2014 = $60 USD
Regular Registration: June 1, 2014 – July 14, 2014 = $80 USD
Late Registration: July 15, 2014 – July 31, 2014 = $100 USD
All students are eligible for a $20 discount with valid student ID. Please see for more information.

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

The Jury selection process is underway. Please see for more information.

1st place – $3000 USD
2nd place – $2000 USD
3rd place – $1000 USD
+6 honorable mentions.

All finalists will be published through international web and print media, currently being selected. Please see for the current list.

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