Posted in CITIES, HISTORIC LANDSCAPES, LAM ONLINE, MEMORIAL, PRESERVATION, STREETS, tagged 1967 Detroit Riots, Design Workshop, Detroit, Detroit Future City, Gensler, GoodyClancy, Hood Design Studio, housing, LivingLAB, Maurice Cox, Neighborhoods, Northwest Detroit/Grand River, Rail Corridor, RFP, Rosa Parks/Clairmont, SmithGroupJJR, Southwest Detroit/Vernor Corridor, Vacancy on December 22, 2016 |
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BY ZACH MORTICE
The abandoned Michigan Central Station in Detroit. Image courtesy of Zach Mortice.
In a city beset by a nearly incomparable foreclosure crisis and 20 square miles of vacant land, there’s been a growing understanding that landscape architecture and Detroit are perfect for each other. But in 2017, the city will unveil a handful of new proposals on how the discipline can grow back healthy urbanism in the Motor City.
Detroit announced early this month that, after an RFP process, it is awarding a total of $1.6 million across four project teams to plan landscape and streetscape improvements including green stormwater management and infrastructure upgrades. Each team will focus on a group of neighborhoods, (more…)
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Posted in CITIES, IDEAS, LAM MAGAZINE, PLANNING, tagged Data Driven Detroit, Detroit, Detroit Future City, Detroit Future City Strategic Framework, Gibbs Planning Group, Hamilton Anderson Associates, Kresge Foundation, LivingLAB, Loveland Technologies, Michigan ASLA, Motor City Mapping, People for Palmer Park, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision, Stoss Landscape Urbanism, Toni Griffin on December 22, 2014 |
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Don’t think of the city as post-apocalyptic. Think of it as pre-urban. Credit: Detroit Future City
Erin Kelly, Associate ASLA, was giving me the side eye. We were sitting in a Salvadorean restaurant on Livernois, wolfing down hot food after a bleak circular tour of blighted neighborhoods that ring Detroit’s revitalizing downtown core. I had been talking about DesignInquiry, the group of designers I’d come to town with to check out the city and try to understand what design’s role might be here. Kelly thinks she’s seen quite enough of our type in the short time she’s been working in Detroit: parachuting in from thriving cities, Instagramming ruin-porn pictures shot from the safety of rental cars, and hopping back on the plane after a few days.
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