Stepping Up for the Future of Detroit

Ambassador Bridge, Detroit

Loeb fellows and GSD faculty are applying their talents to the challenges of revitalizing Detroit for the Detroit Works Project. Toni Griffin (LF 1998 and adjunct associate professor of urban planning) led the Detroit Works’ technical team and Dan Pitera (LF 2005 and associate professor of architecture), director of Detroit Collaborative Design Center, oversaw community outreach, while Chris Reed’s (adjunct associate professor of landscape architecture) firm Stoss Landscape Urbanism contributed to landscape, ecology and open space planning.

A recently unveiled report details recommendations for everything from nurturing business districts to stormwater management and all the economic, infrastructural, and social elements in between. This is hardly the first effort to address the city’s problems, but what makes this attempt different and more hopeful is 3 years of research and substantial support from a wide range of players. Mayor Dave Bing launched the initiative, 100,000 citizens weighed in, and backing has been forthcoming from public and private sources, including $3 million from the Kresge and Kellogg Foundations to ensure implementation.

Read the Detroit Works Project report and the article in Architectural Record.

Photo of the Ambassador Bridge courtesy of EPA

Fellowship Year: 1998, 2005
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