Call For Entries: A new Skyline for the City of Detroit


Call for Entries: A New Skyline for the City of Detroit

Courtesy of YAC – Young Architects Competitions




YAC – Young Architects Competitions – and Manni Group launch DETROIT WATERFRONT DISTRICT, an ideas competition aimed at creating a new skyline for the city of Detroit by designing its future leisure and entertainment core.

The competition is being run in partnership with Sterling Group and is sponsored by TATA Steel for a special mention to award the proposal, which enables better interaction with the building technologies.

A cash prize of € 20,000 will be given to the winning proposals, which were selected by an international jury made up of Daniel Libeskind, Marie Larsen (3XN), Giulio Rigoni (BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group), Rodrigo Duque Motta and Marcos Rosello composed (aLL design), Jean Paul Uzabakiriho (mass design group), Jorge P. Silva (Aires Mateus), Clive Wilkinson, Adolfo Suárez (Lombardini22), Giovanni De Niederhausern (Pininfarina).

A new skyline for the city of Detroit

This is a story few people like to tell. It’s a story of glowing skyscrapers hiding downtown. However, the deep wounds on the huge body of Detroit prove that it happened and is still going on: Countless battered apartments, empty streets and abandoned buildings scare the city.

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It is difficult to say how “the arsenal of democracy” – as Detroit was known in the early 1940s – transformed into the greatest modern ghost town. However, the story is full of contrasts. The pendulum of time often changes direction. Again and again, when a void arises, an opportunity arises.

Indeed, in recent years, strong winds of change have whipped the city. They have blown away the fog of the past and dispelled the fog of decay that stifled Detroit’s development for decades. As a result, many of the city’s voids – the wounds caused by depopulation and the economic crisis – have become new epicentres of urban renewal. They became a valuable canvas for painting new masterpieces of contemporary architecture.

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The Detroit Waterfront District focuses precisely on the most intriguing canvas of all: the urban void overlooking the river amidst the downtown skyscrapers. Detroit Waterfront District is the competition that Manni Group is holding in partnership with Sterling Group to design the future leisure and entertainment center of the city of Detroit.

Architects will work where the Joe Luis Arena stood, next to where traditionally Detroit’s founding fathers landed. Participants will have the opportunity to design a complex of buildings to redefine the city’s skyline. You will create great architectural masterpieces to become the symbol of the revival of one of the most famous and controversial cities in the history of the United States of America.



  • 1st prize: € 10,000
  • 2nd prize: € 4,000
  • 3rd prize: € 2,000
  • 4 gold mentions: € 1,000 each
  • 10 Honorable Mentions
  • 30 finalists


28/09/2020 early bird start – start – 60 € / team *
25/10/2020 (h 23.59 GMT) early bird registration – end

26/10/2020 “Standard” registrations – start – € 80 / team *
11/22/2020 (h 23:59 GMT) “Standard” registrations – end

23/11/2020 “late” registrations – start – 110 € / team *
20/12/2020 (h 23:59 GMT) “late” registrations – end

23/12/2020 (h 12.00 noon – GMT) Deadline for submitting materials

* + 22% VAT. Fulfilling an “Early Bird”, “Standard” or “Late” registration does not affect the submission deadline.

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  • title

    Call for Entries: A New Skyline for the City of Detroit

  • Art

    Competition announcement (ideas)

  • organizer

    YAC – Young Architects competitions

  • Registration deadline

    December 20, 2020, 11:59 p.m.

  • Deadline

    December 23, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

  • price

    60 € / team *

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Dusty Kennedy