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True North in Detroit Selected as Finalist for International Architecture Prize

True North is an experimental live/work community located in Detroit that has received notable attention. It has been selected by the Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize as one of six finalists (2 of which are located in the U.S.). The prize is designated to the best-build work in the Americas from January 2016 to December 2017. The list of other finalists include:

  • Teopanzolco Culture Center in Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC
  • SESC 24 de Maio in Sao Paolo, Brazil
  • Edificio E in Piura, Peru
  • IMS Paulista in Sao Paolo, Brazil

The Director of MCHAP, Dirk Denison, notes on how the finalists can create influence in both architecture and culture—“MCHAP projects push forward the development of architecture as a practice, reshaping how we see and organiz[ing] the built environment around us. They participate in the large cultural exchange that is an essential characteristic of the Americas today.”

True North was led by developer Philip Kafka and Prince Concepts and the architects Edwin Chan/EC3 has nine rental units and is designed specifically for their inhabitants who think differently with their spacious and still neighborhood. The corrugated galvanized steel structures provide affordable accommodation and offer unique external and internal spaces. Visit their website for more information and what they offer at http://truenorthdetroit.com/home/. “We provide space for self-stimulated people. Period.”


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