True North Detroit chosen as finalist for international architecture prize

Posted at 11:14 AM, Aug 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-02 11:14:51-04

A community in Detroit has been named one of six finalists in the world for an international architecture award. True North Detroit is one of two finalists in America for the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP).

According to the Illinois Institute of Technology, which hands out the prize, the prize "recognizes the best-built work int he Americas completed January 2016 and December 2017.

True North, from Edwin Chan and EC3, is a community of Quonset corrugated structures featuring ten live/work units. It's located near the Grand River and Warren intersection west of Midtown and near Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood.

Other projects that were named finalists include Teopanzolco Culture Center in Cuernavaca, Mexico; Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC; SESC 24 de Maio in São Paolo, Brazil; Edificio E in Piura, Peru; IMS Paulista in São Paolo, Brazil.

The finalists were announced in Detroit and chosen from 175 projects that were submitted beginning in January 2016.

“MCHAP projects push forward the development of architecture as a practice, reshaping how we see and organize the built environment around us," MCHAP Director Dirk Denison said. "They participate in the larger cultural exchange that is an essential characteristic of the Americas today."

The winning project will be announced on Oct. 10 and will get $50,000 to fund research and a publication.