With approximately 30% vacant land within the City of Detroit and an infrastructure built to support a population of nearly two million in the 1950s compared to less than 700,000 today, numerous sustainable redevelopment ideas have been proposed for the City.
To support these efforts, the Graham Institute partnered with Data Driven Detroit (D3) to initiate the Detroit Sustainability Indicators Project in 2011. D3 is a small business that provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.
In partnership with D3, the Graham Institute funded six U-M faculty-led research projects to develop data, tools, and analysis to help decision makers in Detroit consider sustainability in their planning efforts. The projects addressed economic, environmental, and social aspects of sustainability on topics including: Vacant Land, Stormwater Management, Air Pollution, Federal Investment Trends, and Measuring Urban Sustainability.
|See: Project Factsheet|
U-M Helps Non-Profit Organizations Make a Difference in Detroit News update about Graham Institute partnerships with non-profit organizations in Detroit
2014 American Institute of Architects Michigan Honor Award, 2012-2013 Faculty Design Award, and 2013 Boston Society of Architects Citation. Jen Maigret and María Arquero de Alarcón win for "Liquid Planning Detroit" Project
- Liquid Planning Detroit Project page on Jen Maigret and María Arquero de Alarcón's MAde Studio website
- Are Green Cities Nice Places to Live? Examining the Link between Urban Sustainability and Quality of Life David Bieri's Michigan Journal of Sustainability article which utilizes the index developed through this IA.
- Motown Revival OnEarth.com article citing U-M Professors Joan Nassauer and Margaret Dewar, who each have funded projects through this initiative.
- Engage, Connect, Impact: URC Projects Contribute to Detroit's Revitalization Article about how University Research Corridor projects contribute to Detroit's revitalization
- Finding Potential in Vacant Lots New York Times article citing Prof. Joan Nassauer