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Ideas contest opens for decaying Silverdome stadium

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Triple Investment Group has launched an open international ideas competition to regenerate Michigan’s decaying Silverdome stadium

The site owner is seeking ‘outstanding’ proposals for a new retail, research and manufacturing campus on the 51 hectare City of Pontiac site.

It is optional whether schemes retain the 1975 stadium which has been mostly unused for close to a decade.

According to the competition brief: ‘We seek outstanding ideas that will redefine the site design through the implementation of novel technologies, materials, programs, aesthetics, and spatial organizations along with studies on globalization, flexibility, adaptability, and the digital revolution.’

The document continued: ‘The participants should take into consideration the advances in technology, the exploration of sustainable systems, and the establishment of new urban and architectural methods to address economic, social, and cultural problems affecting the contemporary city including the scarcity of natural resources and infrastructure and the exponential increase of inhabitants, pollution, economic division, and unplanned urban sprawl.’

The Silverdome was once the largest stadium in the National Football League but struggled to find a permanent tenant after the Detroit Lions relocated in 2001. Triple Investments purchased the vacant property in 2009.

Proposals should include a university campus with high-tech manufacturing facilities, restaurants, a hotel, commercial space, a conference venue, offices and housing.

Architects, planners, students, engineers, designers and artists are all invited to participate in the competition.

Judges include University of Michigan dean and professor of architecture and urban planning Monica Ponce de Leon and Donald Schmitt of Diamond Schmitt Architects.

Ponce de Leon said: ‘There are no restrictions regarding boundaries, program mix, GFA height or density.  We want to provide maximum freedom to the participants to engage in the project, without constraints, in the most creative way.’

The three top entries – set to be announced in late May – will share a prize fund of around £3,000.

The deadline for applications is 5pm ET on 12 April.



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