Frequently Asked Questions 

 

Teams

Q. “Are there any limitations to team size or composition?”

There are no hard requirements on team size. Most teams will probably have between three and six members, but smaller and larger teams are welcome to apply. Teams with a diverse and well-balanced blend of expertise and experience are recognized by the fifth judging criterion: “A multidisciplinary team, showing demonstrable connections or commitments to Detroit.”  (RFQ, p. 10)

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Q. “My design practice isn’t based in Michigan. Can I still apply?”

Yes, absolutely. We're encouraging applications from far and wide, and we recognize that a lot of expertise in design and regulatory innovation lies outside the Midwest. However, the fifth judging criterion will reward well-balanced teams "showing demonstrable connections or commitments to Detroit" (RFQ p. 10, see also p. 8).

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Q. “Is this RFQ open to international applicants?”

Yes. However, please be aware that: (a) our fifth judging criterion rewards well-balanced teams "showing demonstrable connections or commitments to Detroit" (RFQ p. 10, see also p. 8); and (b) engagement with United States’ land use and building regulations is a fundamental component of Pink Zoning Detroit. Teams without demonstrable experience in this area will have a significant competitive disadvantage.

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Q. “Could we partner with a developer who has an interest in Detroit redevelopment as a whole?”

Yes, absolutely.

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Q. “Can graduate students with field/internship experience apply?”

Yes. We know how much experience and expertise graduate students can have. However, student-led teams will be more competitive if they also include team members from private practice.

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Q. “Alumni from Detroit-area colleges are encouraged, but can we partner directly with academic institutions?”

Yes, absolutely.

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Q. “I would like to participate. Is there any way to know if an opening exists on existing teams?”

Unfortunately the City of Detroit is not in a position to match-make or otherwise assemble teams. We encourage interested applicants to form competitive teams from their own professional and educational networks.

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RFQ Submittal

Q. “Will there be a formal Q+A period as part of the RFQ?”

No. Please email pinkzones@detroitmi.gov with any queries. We try to respond to all emails within two business days.

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Q. “For the proposal, is the requirement to provided 4 relevant project samples total, or 4 per team/firm?”

Please submit four project samples in total.

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Sites

Q. “Will teams be responding to a specific site as part of the RFQ or all three? Can a team select a preferred site?

No. The three successful teams will each work across all three sites. 

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Q. “Does the City provide any base documentation, such as GIS maps, plans, or photographs for the three sites?”

Base documentation will be provided to the three winning teams. RFQ submissions do not need to contain detailed site proposals. Rather, we are interested in seeing creative exploration of the project themes, and a broad discussion of possible planning and design approaches.

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If you still have unanswered questions, please write to us at: pinkzones@detroitmi.gov. We try to respond to all emails within two business days.