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Flat Lot Competition is produced in affiliation with The American Institute of Architects – Flint.
We think you're going to have a fantastic experience in the city meeting Flint residents as well as artists, designers, and planners from around the country.
Like many groups and individuals who are working to revitalize Flint, we're operating on a very tight budget, and all of us on staff are juggling many responsibilities. This field guide will help you navigate the city independently and will answer basic questions.
There is a hotel close to downtown, the Holiday Inn Express. Please contact them on your own, as we are not able to coordinate your stay.
Kayak.com has cheap airfares for direct flights to Flint, or to Detroit. From NYC, we often take United, which flies via Cleveland to Flint in 3.5 hours. Spirit Air flies to Detroit Metropolitan Airport, about 75 minutes away from Flint. Unless you plan to rent a car, please consider flying through Flint, as there are shuttles available from a few places:
Flint Bishop Shuttle
Ground Transportastion from Bishop Airport
Flint Taxi services
While you're here you'll most likely be able to walk to and from where you're staying to the various conference sites in town. Please bring comfortable walking shoes, and dress for chilly weather - Flint is colder than many other cities in the Northeast this time of year.
Other than bars, most venues close early.
A Survey and Review of Restaurants in Downtown Flint
Flint Crepe Co. - crepes, coffee, open until 10pm (wifi)
The Torch - food and drinks (wifi)
Hoffman's Deli - sandwiches, salads, smoothies (wifi)
Wise Guys Pizza - pizza, heros, salads (wifi)
501 Bar and Grill - food and drinks (wifi)
Halo Burger - burgers (wifi)
The Farmer's Market - open Tue, Thu, Sat - brunch, fresh produce & prepared food
Churchill's - food and drinks
Angelo's Coney Island - breakfast, classic Flint Hot Dogs, open 24 hrs
Tom Z's - breakfast, Flint Hot Dogs
Cork - wine bar, new American cuisine, Weekdays only
Good Beans Cafe - coffee, open til 4 pm (wifi)
Brown Sugar - coffee, open 7.30 am til 4.30 pm (wifi)
Lunch Studio - breakfast and lunch, 8 am - 4:00 pm, Fri. to 7 pm, Sat, 11 am - 3 pm
James Andrews - Director of Strategy and Operations
Matthieu Bain - Project Architect / Project Coordinator
Jerome Chou - Director of Programs
Andrew Perkins - Resident Architect / Project Coordinator
Brie Williams - Intern
Stephen Zacks - Producer and Artistic Director
Flint Public Art Project Office
124 W. 1st Street, Flint MI 48502
Flint Public Art Project website
If you have any questions or concerns about your presentations or projects, please email Jerome Chou or call 443-465-0664.
If you have questions or concerns about housing or travel, please email James Andrews or call 347-423-8398.
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Flint Public Art Project and the Flint Chapter of the American Institute of Architects announce that Two Islands, a team of architects and designers based in London, have won the $25,000 grand prize in the inaugural Flat Lot competition to design and build a temporary summer pavilion on Flint's central downtown parking lot. The project opens June 14 for Flint Art Walk and will remain on the site until Fall.
The winning proposal, Mark's House, tells the story of an imagined Flint resident, Mark Hamilton, whose family loses a home to foreclosure. The project perches a Tudor-style house clad in reflective panels on top of a mirrored pedestal, giving the structure the appearance of floating in mid-air. The house serves as a metaphor for both what the city has lost, as well as its ongoing revitalization, while also providing a canopy and stage for Flat Lot events. In addition, the structure can hold up to 1,500 gallons of water, which can be released as a cooling spray during hot summer days.
Flint Public Art Project and AIA-Flint launched the competition last fall. The competition brief called for a temporary structure that would take up no more than eight parking spaces, and would support public programs by providing amenities such as seating, shade, cooling devices, and a stage for performances. Nearly 400 teams from more than 35 countries around the world registered for the competition, and 221 entries ultimately were submitted by the March 1 deadline.
Two Islands is a London based design studio, founded by William Villalobos, Cesc Massanas and Tomas Selva.
Three other projects received honorable mention:
Stage a Lot, by KSE Studio (Sofia Krimizi and Kyriakos Kyriakou) of Brooklyn, NY
Building Bodies for Work by Wes Janz, Tim Gray, and Andrea Swartz of Ball State University
AC.H2O, by Michael Ting of University of Calgary
These projects and 17 others will be exhibited along with Mark’s House at an exhibit to open on April 14 during the Flint Art Walk.
The Flat Lot Competition panel was chaired by Reed Kroloff, director,
Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Other panel members included:
Pedro Gadanho, curator of contemporary architecture, MOMA
John Gazall, Flint-based architect, board member, Downtown Development Authority, and member of AIA-Flint
John Henry, director, Flint Institute of Arts
Monica Ponce de Leon, dean, University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture
Shannon Easter White, Flint-based architect and member of AIA-Flint
Stephen Zacks, executive director, Flint Public Art Project.
The American Institute of Architects – Flint and Flint Public Art Project announce the first annual Flat Lot Competition, a program to design and build a temporary summer pavilion in the central parking lot in downtown Flint.
Formerly occupied by a series of office buildings and storefronts along Saginaw Street, the full–block surface parking lot known as the Flat Lot has become a staging ground for parades, flower–plantings, car shows, road races, and almost every sort of public event that draws large crowds. The Flat Lot Competition seeks proposals to design and build an innovative temporary structure that provides shelter, shade, and seating for a wide range of public events, defines space within the lot, and demonstrates the capacity of contemporary architectural form–making to transform space and captivate the public imagination – all while occupying no more than eight parking spaces during normal business hours. The winner of the competition will receive $25,000 to realize their proposal.
A collaboration between AIA–Flint, Flint Public Art Project and the Downtown Development Authority, the Flat Lot Competition is modeled after the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program, which every year reinvents the former public school courtyard in Long Island City, Queens as a popular place for summer events and concerts.
The Flat Lot will be a new center and symbol for the city, an attraction for regional visitors, and a site that amplifies the many existing events that help define cultural life in Flint.
Entries will be judged according to the following criteria:
All entrants must include a preliminary budget demonstrating a capacity to realize their proposals by June 14, 2013 with a budget of $25,000. This amount will cover all materials, labor, travel, permit fees and other expenses needed to construct the project. Proposals need not address the entire site, but may concentrate on strategic areas. Proposals may include visionary designs for future institutions that recognize the Flat Lot's use as both surface parking and an active public space, as well as the eventual development of a permanent project that serves as–yet–unacknowledged needs. Proposals also may identify latent activities within the city's cultural and economic life that currently have no suitable space to accommodate them.
Pedro Gadanho, Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Museum of Modern Art
John Gazall, President, Gazall-Lewis Associates, Architects, Inc; Downtwon Development Authority representative
John Henry, Director, Flint Institute of Arts
Reed Kroloff, Director, Cranbrook Institute of Arts
Monica Ponce de Leon, Dean, University of Michigan College of Architecture
Shannon White, Founding Director, FUNchitecture; AIA-Flint Representative
Stephen Zacks, Executive Director, Flint Public Art Project
November 14, 2012: Competition announced
February 8, 2013: Registration deadline
March 1, 2013: Submittal deadline
March 14, 2013: Winners announced
April 12, 2013: Curated exhibit during Flint Art Walk and online
June 14, 2013: Construction on winning proposal completed
Flint Public Art Project organizes public events, workshops, and temporary installations to inspire residents to reimagine the city, reclaim vacant and underutilized buildings and lots, and use innovative tools to steer the city's long–term planning. We support collaborations among local residents and organizations with leading artists, architects, planners, and community organizers from around the world, connecting the city to regional, national, and global movements to revitalize places through art and design. We are documenting and amplifying the many ways residents, businesses, and institutions are transforming the city and its identity, and broadcasting this new story to audiences throughout the world.