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Project picked to better link Detroit cultural institutions

June 10, 2019

DETROIT (AP) — A project from an international collaborative of designers has been selected to better link a dozen major Motor City cultural institutions including the Detroit Institute of Arts.

The winning project announced Monday for the DIA Plaza and Midtown Cultural Connections competition includes Paris, France-based Agence Ter along with Detroit-based Akoaki, rootoftwo and Harley Etienne.

Their project is called “Detroit Square” and reimagines the city’s Midtown cultural district. It seeks to use landscapes, architecture and technology to better link the cultural institutions.

The international design competition was launched in 2017 by the nonprofit Midtown Detroit Inc. and the Detroit Institute of Arts to align 12 cultural and educational institutions in creating a connected cultural district in Midtown. The project could cost between $75 million to $85 million.

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