MIDTOWN VIADUCTS PROJECT IN DETROIT

Detroiti ötletpályázat két viadukt átalakítására public art és megvilágítás eszközeivel. Az 1934-ben épült két vasúti viadukt jelenleg is működik, ám az idő során állapotuk leromlott. Jelenleg a rossz megvilágítás miatt leginkább veszélyes helynek számítanak a kerületben. A pályázat lényege, hogy az átalakítás következtében maguk is tartózkodási célponttá váljanak.

MIDTOWN VIADUCTS PROJECT IN DETROIT
Open Call for Artistic Proposals | Application Deadline April 30, 2014

Midtown Detroit, Inc. (MDI) in partnership with the New Economy Initiative (NEI) is seeking proposals to transform the undersides of two viaducts located in Midtown Detroit’s TechTown district with public art and light. MDI is pleased to announce that its Call for Entries is now open.

The Second and Cass Avenue viaducts are two fully operational railroad bridge grade separations located between Baltimore and Amsterdam Streets in TechTown. Originally constructed in 1934, these once magnificent viaducts have been poorly maintained over the years and lack adequate lighting, contributing to unsafe perceptions of the district. This call seeks to give these industrial bridges new life—making them a choice destination rather than a place to pass through.

Accepted proposals will be funded up to $75,000 per viaduct. Applicants may provide proposals for either one or both viaducts. If applying for both viaducts, proposals may treat each viaduct as two separate installations or visually connect the two viaducts with a cohesive design.

Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:

+      Conceives an imaginative transformation of space and conceptual design

+      Combines art and function to create a friendlier environment that promotes use of the space

+      Creates a signature presence for the viaducts that encourages daytime and nighttime interaction

+      Provides adequate and artfully designed lighting

+      Utilizes sustainable building materials and is feasible to maintain

+      Contributes to TechTown’s identity as a hub of innovation

This call is open to all professional artists, architects, designers, design firms and/or teams consisting of these entities located in the following eight southeast Michigan counties:  Genesee, Lapeer, Livingston, Macomb, Oakland, St. Clair, Washtenaw and Wayne. National and international partners may be included in any given team as long as the project lead can prove residency or physical presence in one of the previously mentioned eight counties. Winning proposals will be selected by a panel of Detroit-based curators and arts professionals.

TechTown is a 20-block emerging innovation district anchored by three key institutions in Midtown Detroit—Wayne State University, the College for Creative Studies and the Henry Ford Health System. The Midtown Viaducts Project will contribute to the growing vibrancy of the district and will become a unique destination for visitors.

TO APPLY:
Log into the SlideRoom application system. Midtown Viaducts Public Art + Light Project open call applications are only available online at https://midtowndetroitinc.slideroom.com. The closing date for applications is April 30, 2014. The selected projects will be announced in May 2014.

Click here for PDF of Midtown Viaducts Request For Proposals | Last Updated: February 20, 2014

ADDITIONAL INFO + RESOURCES:

TechTown District Plan - Devloped by Sasaki Associates in collaboration with Midtown Detroit, Inc. and U3 Ventures[New Amsterdam Historic District]

New Amsterdam Historic District - Historical information on the TechTown area

Site Photos - Existing conditions of the Cass and Second Ave. viaducts

FAQ & Architectural Drawings: Coming Soon!

MIDTOWN VIADUCTS IN THE NEWS:
Design an urban oasis for Midtown viaducts | Detroit News
Michael Hodges | February 19, 2014

Midtown Detroit Viaducts Call for Public Art + Light | Metropolis
February 20 - April 30, 2014

Step Up If This Is Your Kind Of 'Canvas' For Public Art in Midtown Detroit | Deadline Detroit
Alan Stamm | February 22, 2014