National Architecture Firms to Pitch Future Plans for Detroit’s East Riverfront


Seven teams comprised of design firms and development experts from across the U.S. will compete next week in Detroit to plan the future of the city’s East Riverfront district at a public event.

“The riverfront belongs to everyone and the community conversation about its future begins with the selection of the team that will assist us in designing its future," says Maurice Cox, director of the planning department for the City of Detroit.  "… It gives the public an opportunity to understand how the process works and gives the selection process a sense of transparency and builds community trust.”

Cox says competing companies include New York-based Balmori Associates; New York-based BJH Advisors; Boston-based Stoss Landscape Urbanism; New York-based Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism; Chicago-based Skidmore; Chicago-based Owings & Merrill LLP; Detroit-based Gensler; and Boston-based Utile Architecture and Planning.

He says the teams will present district plans and real estate frameworks for increasing investment and development in the East Riverfront district, which is bounded by St. Antoine Street to the west, East Grand Boulevard to the east, Larned Street to the north, and the Detroit River to the south. 

The teams will present from Jan. 26-27 at the Outdoor Adventure Center on Atwater Street to a panel that includes Cox; William Gilchrist, director of place-based planning for the City of New Orleans; Richard Hosey III, owner of Hosey Development LLC; Jed Howbert, executive director of the jobs and economy team for the City of Detroit; Moddie Turay, executive vice president of real estate and finance for the Detroit Economic Growth Corp.; and Mark Wallace, president and CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy.

Cox says attendees will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the selection committee at the presentations. He says the winning team will be announced in February.

To register for the event, click here.

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