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DFC Hosts Packard Plant Design Competition

Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office hosted the Packard Plant “Reanimate the Ruins” International Design Competition Exhibition on Friday, August 8. The competition was created and led by Parallel Projections and brought together over 200 submissions from 30 countries (including schemes from the Detroit area) to describe a new vision for the storied plant’s future. DFC hosted a review of the submissions and a public exhibition.

Dan Kinkead, DFC Director of Projects, who brought the event to DFC and contributed to the review process, said “the range of submissions reviewed and displayed paint a broad picture of potential futures for the Packard. These competitions are not intended to describe bona fide redevelopment schemes, but instead they assert strong design concepts to stimulate thought and discussion, and to prompt new ways of thinking.”

The Packard Plant was acquired by investor Fernando Palazuelo earlier this year through the Wayne County Treasurer’s Office Auction, and Kari Smith, his Project Manager for the Packard’s redevelopment, was present to review the submissions. In this case, the competition also works to fulfill important objectives of the DFC Strategic Framework.

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In the Media

Reanimate the ruins: Ideas for the Packard Plant

Here’s a little fun viewing to ease you back into the work week: ideas on how the Packard Plant could be reused.

Three young architects, under the name Parallel Projections, came up with the idea of a global design competition to reimagine Detroit’s Packard Plant. They have no connection to Detroit but still received more than 200 entries from 30 countries.

“The range of submissions reviewed and displayed paint a broad picture of potential futures for the Packard,” said Dan Kinkead, director of projects at Detroit Future City, who was on the jury for the competition. “These competitions are not intended to describe bona fide redevelopment schemes, but instead they assert strong design concepts to stimulate thought and discussion, and to prompt new ways of thinking.

Reanimate the ruins: Ideas for the Packard Plant
Amy Haimerl, August 25, 2014, Crain’s Detroit Business 

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August/September 2014 E-Newsletter: DFC City Systems Priority – Renew Systems Strategically and Innovatively

Detroit has a critical need to establish more long-lasting, cost-effective and innovative city systems, such as water, waste, energy, transportation and communications. Such infrastructure can improve quality of life for Detroiters by essential reinvestment and employment growth, encouraging thriving communities and improving environmental and health conditions.

After 60 years of disinvestment and depopulation in Detroit, we must consider system renewal thoughtfully and strategically to link infrastructures to current and future needs. By moving beyond traditional legacy infrastructures to improve systems delivery while reducing costs, we can develop the essential value proposition for residents and businesses to be in Detroit.

To accomplish these goals, the Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office is working across three major lines of effort:

1. Strategic Infrastructure Renewal

  • The city can improve the service quality by upgrading and maintaining infrastructure in areas of higher density and demand while reducing excess system capacity in areas of lower demand.
  • Master Plan of Policies Update: DFC’s update to the City’s Master Plan included guidance on how the City could be strategic in its infrastructure investment decisions.
  • Detroit 2.0 Human Capital Support : DFC advised the White House team of municipal technology experts during their visit to Detroit. DFC worked with Detroit’s new Chief Information Officer (CIO) to identify, recruit, and place a Deputy Director for Civic Community Engagement. DFC continues to support the City in sourcing services for opening city data.

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