Flint Public Art Project and AIA-Flint jointly launched an international design competition in November 2012 to design and build a temporary structure reimagining the central surface parking lot in downtown Flint. Entrants were asked to provide seating, shade, cooling, and other amenities to support the many public programs at the Flat Lot, and to create new opportunities for residents and visitors to gather downtown.
In March, a distinguished jury reviewed more than 220 proposals submitted from more than 35 countries around the world. The winning entry, Mark’s House by the design firm Two Islands (London), envisions a Tudor-style house perched atop a pedestal, covered in reflective material – a “floating house” that becomes a dramatic symbol of Flint’s rebirth. Mark’s House, which is currently being assembled off site, will be unveiled on July 12 and will remain open through the end of September.
This online gallery features a selection of text and images from the top 20 projects as nominated by the jury. In addition, the gallery includes a representative image from the remaining 37 projects that made the jury's initial cut from the 220 proposals.
Together, these projects and the creative ideas that animate them have brought international attention to the ongoing transformation of Flint, and have created compelling visions for the future of its central downtown open space.