YAC –Young Architects Competitions– and Manni Group​ launch DETROIT WATERFRONT DISTRICT, a competition of ideas aiming to shape a new skyline for the city of Detroit by designing its future leisure and entertainment core.The competition is in collaboration with the Sterling Group and supported by TATA Steel, as a sponsor for a special mention to award the proposal that will better interact with its construction technologies.

A cash prize of € 20,000 will be distributed to the winning proposals selected by an international jury panel comprised of, among others: Daniel Libeskind, Marie Larsen (3XN), Giulio Rigoni (BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group), Rodrigo Duque Motta, Marcos Rosello (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 that few people are happy to tell. It is a story that shining downtown skyscrapers hide. However, the deep wounds on the huge body of Detroit prove that it happened and still endures: countless battered dwellings, empty streets and abandoned buildings scar the city.

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Courtesy of YAC – Young Architects Competitions

It is difficult to tell how “the arsenal of democracy” –which is how Detroit was known as in the early 1940s- transformed into the largest modern-day ghost city. Yet, history is full of contrasts. The pendulum of time often changes its direction. Time and again, where a void is created an opportunity arises.

Indeed, over the last years, strong winds of change have been whipping the city. They have blown the fog of the past away and dispersed the mist of decay stifling Detroit’s development for decades. As a result, many of the voids within the city – the wounds generated by depopulation and economic crisis- turned into new epicenters of urban regeneration. They became a valuable canvas to paint new masterpieces of contemporary architecture.

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Courtesy of YAC – Young Architects Competitions

Detroit Waterfront District focuses precisely on the foremost fascinating canvas of all: the urban void overlooking the river amid downtown skyscrapers. Detroit Waterfront District is that the competition promoted by Manni Group together with Sterling Group to style the longer term leisure and entertainment heart of the town of Detroit.

Architects will work on the world where the Joe Luis Arena stood, beside the place where- consistent with tradition- Detroit’s founding fathers landed. Participants will have the chance to style a complex to redefine the town skyline. they’re going to generate superb architecture masterpieces to become the symbol of the revival of 1 of the foremost iconic and controversial cities of the history of the us 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” registrations- start – 60 €/ team*
25/10/2020 (h 23.59 GMT) “early bird”registrations- end

26/10/2020 “standard”registrations- start – 80 €/ team*
22/11/2020 (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- midday- GMT) Materials submission deadline

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

Find more information at www.youngarchitectscompetitions.com or contact: yac@yac-ltd.com

  • Title

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

    Competition Announcement (Ideas)
  • Organizers

  • Registration Deadline

    December 20, 2020 11:59 PM
  • Submission Deadline

    December 23, 2020 12:00 PM
  • Price

    60 €/ team*

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