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A New Vision for Detroit’s Cultural Center: The DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections International Design Competition

January 23 – April 1, 2019

The DIA Plaza/Midtown Cultural Connections Design Competition will help realize the vision of a gathering place in Midtown Detroit that welcomes everyone and establishes connections between Detroit’s arts and cultural institutions—inspiring an inter-connectivity between our institutions and our citizens. 

This exhibition features the proposals of the three finalist design teams, which are: 

  • Agence Ter, Paris, France. Team partners are Akoaki, Detroit; Harley Etienne, University of Michigan; rootoftwo; University of Michigan and Detroit; and Transsolar | KlimaEngineering, Germany. Information at
  • Mikyoung Kim Design, Boston. Team partners are James Carpenter Design Associates, New York; CDAD, Detroit; Wkshps, Quinn Evans, Detroit; Giffels Webster, Detroit; Tillett Lighting, New York; Cuseum, Boston; Transsolar | KlimaEngineering, Germany; and Schlaich Bergermann & Partners, New York. Information at
  • TEN x TEN, Minneapolis. Team partners are MASS Design Group, New York; D MET, Detroit; Atelier Ten, London; Local Projects, Boston; HR&A Advisors, New York; and Dr. Craig Wilkins, University of Michigan. Information at

The winning team will be announced in the Spring of 2019.




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The DIA Plaza and Midtown Cultural Connections design competition planning process is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, William Davidson Foundation, and the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation with support from the Boston Consulting Group Detroit Office led by Xavier Mosquet.


Brought to you by the Detroit Institute of Arts and Midtown Detroit, Inc.