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« on: June 09, 2013, 09:00:07 AM »

Hundreds view, vote on Hudson site designs

From ultramodern skyscrapers to urban farming, hundreds of people turned out to view and vote on designs of ideas to revamp the downtown property on Woodward Avenue where the historic J.L. Hudson department store once stood.

What was once there:

The international design competition, sponsored by Opportunity Detroit, invited the public to submit ideas to imagine possibilities for the 92,400 square-foot parcel of land, and over 200 submissions from 23 states and 22 countries answered the call.

What is there now (foundation) and what the neighborhood looks like: - Google Streetview - Google Birdseye View

Photo Source: http://www.quickenloans.com/blog/design-competition-solicits-ideas-hudsons-department-store-site-detroit

Photo Source: http://www.moronacity.com/blog/2011/02/07/chrysler-eminem-commercial-evokes-detroit-pride/

"It's been gone for 15 years now and it's about time someone do something with it," Vadim Avshalumov, an urban planning associate for Rock Ventures. "You don't want to build something no one wants. We want these to be active, public spaces."

Contest Entries:

Photo Source: http://www.detroityes.com/mb/showthread.php?15943-Gilbert-s-Plan-Downtown-Detroit-as-a-Pedestrian-Paradise/page6

Photo Source: http://detroit.curbed.com/tags/hudsons-international-design-competition

Photo Source: http://www.deadlinedetroit.com/articles/4887/d_c_architect_proposes_lofts_offices_and_outdoor_music_venue_for_hudson_s_site#.UbQ2IudJNi0

Photo Source: http://thekraemeredge.com/

Competition entrant Jonathan Arafat, of Detroit, spent eight weeks drafting his design for a contemporary concept that incorporated a tree-themed building and solar system structure. Arafat said with the redevelopment of downtown Detroit any of the designs could become a reality.

"It's a lot of creativity in these," Arafat said. "I think not only mine, but all of these concepts can be incorporated."

Someone also submitted a plan for an urban farm, or garden, as a means of adding more "green space". In addition, only high rises (as opposed to skyscrapers) can go on the site, as the foundation has a height/load limit that some designs appear to have surpassed. I was not able to attend, but I am told much of what was submitted was starchitecutre, as opposed to something that fits in with the surrounding neighborhood.
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