Grassroots Microgrid in Michigan

Community-driven neighborhood planning

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    Global finalist entry 2018 – Grassroots Microgrid

    The strategic neighbour hood design framework addresses infrastructure (energy, water, food, water, and mobility) and renewable systems (workforce development, empowerment, education, culture, and economic development).

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    Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 prize handover

    Winners of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards Bronze 2018 (l-r): Eric Mahoney and Constance Bodurow, studio[Ci], USA congratulated by Bernd Eitel, Head of Group Communications, LafargeHolcim; Jens Diebold, Head of Sustainable Development of LafargeHolcim and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation; and Marc Angélil, Professor of Architecture & Design, ETH Zurich and member of the Board of the LafargeHolcim Foundation.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    The HEIRS framework for 48204 creates an HNZE district, anchored by a Community Center/Kitchen as the epicenter of a collectively owned MicroGrid. TSP reveals and deploys the capacities of 23 acres of publicly-owned vacancy concentrating along 3 streets, or Energy Avenues. TSP pairs HnZE Canopy with conventional PV to meet demand for electricity via solar and HVAC geothermal, and water management, food production, and waste conversion. TSP can be expanded to all of 48204 and other neighborhoods.

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    Global finalist entry 2018 – Grassroots Microgrid

    The Seebaldt Pilot is based on acquisition and use of concentrations of vacant parcels along Maplewood, Ironwood and Beechwood – the “Energy Avenues” – for solar and geothermal energy generation and water management.

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    Project update June 2018 – Grassroots Microgrid in Michigan, USA

    Installing a prototype solar panel canopy.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    In 2013, three young men who proudly grew up in 48204 founded the NGO It Starts at Home (IS@H).

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    The HEIRS framework for vacancy, NZE generative infrastructure and public realm interventions.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    TSP is Phase 1 of a larger design framework to revitalize Detroit’s historic Old Westside – 48204.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    HNZE canopy computational design/digi fab methods meeting performative, cost, and aesthetic metrics.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    TSP collective MicroGrid will be a large endeavor on a scale that has not yet been seen in the USA.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    The HNZE Canopy captures and stores rainwater for irrigation of gardens throughout the study area.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    The Energy Avenues have the potential to serve at least half the homes and residents in TSP boundary.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    Berry bushes planted as green infrastructure without the fruit absorbing toxins from storm water runoff.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago

    LafargeHolcim Awards Gold, Silver and Bronze winning teams: Eric Mahoney, Haibin Tan, Constance Bodurow and Will Bright (Gold); Frano Violich, Shawna Meyer and Sheila Kennedy from Kennedy & Violich Architecture (Bronze); and Oliver Lang, Cynthia Wilson and James Ko from LWPAC + Intelligent City (Silver).

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago

    Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold 2017 (l-r): Haibin Tan, Constance Bodurow, Will Bright and Eric Mahoney for their project Community-driven neighborhood planning in Detroit.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago

    Presentation of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold prize (l-r): Member of all five regional Awards juries, Marc Angélil, Professor of Architecture & Design, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich); Pascal Casanova, Member of the Executive Committee of LafargeHolcim responsible for North America including Mexico; Maik Strecker, Head Growth & Innovation North America, LafargeHolcim; prize winners Constance Bodurow, Will Bright, Eric Mahoney and Haibin Tan for their project Community-driven neighborhood planning in Detroit; John Stull, CEO Cement LafargeHolcim US.

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    LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago

    Winners of the LafargeHolcim Awards Gold celebrate (l-r): Constance Bodurow from studio[Ci], Detroit, USA with Eric Mahoney, Will Bright, Haibin Tan and Jinru Shen.

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    Project update June 2018 – Grassroots Microgrid in Michigan, USA

    Driving the project (l-r): Will Bright, representing the residents of Seebaldt Street, Architect Constance Bodurow, and designer Eric Mahoney.

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    Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA

    TSP Team: transdisciplinary designers, technical advisors, NGOs (https://heirsstudio.wordpress.com/)

  • Awards Bronze 2017–2018 Global
  • Awards Gold 2017–2018 North America

This neighborhood-scale project reimagines empty lots as collective infrastructure for energy and food production, as well as civic engagement, Detroit, USA. 

By Constance C. Bodurow - studio[Ci], Detroit, MI, USA and

Ideas: Urban Requalification

This neighborhood-scale project reimagines empty lots as collective infrastructure for energy and food production, as well as civic engagement, Detroit, USA.

Building on long-term community engagement, the large group of collaborators proposes a pilot project for local energy and food production, water and waste management, and community empowerment.

Grassroots Microgrid in Michigan

Project authors

  • Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 prize handover
    Constance C. Bodurow

    studio[Ci]

    USA

  • YZ
    Yu Zhu

    Detroit

    USA

  • BP
    Brandi Patterson

    Detroit

    USA

  • DW
    Darrel West

    Detroit

    USA

  • LA
    Lina Alosachie

    Detroit

    USA

  • TM
    Tim Miller

    Detroit

    USA

  • MM
    Meaghan Markiewicz

    Detroit

    USA

  • DM
    David Musselman

    Detroit

    USA

  • LC
    Leigh Carroll

    Detroit

    USA

  • MH
    Mark Hagerty

    Michigan Solar Solutions

    USA

  • LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago
    Will Bright

    It Starts at Home (IS@H)

    USA

  • AT
    Amin Toghiani

    Detroit

    USA

  • NA
    Nathaniel Autrey

    DTE Energy

    USA

  • PS
    Paige Spagnuolo

    Detroit

    USA

  • DM
    Drew Mittig

    Detroit

    USA

  • SJ
    Sam Jung

    Detroit

    USA

  • MD
    Mark Drotar

    Detroit

    USA

  • FA
    Fares Ahmed

    Detroit

    USA

  • LafargeHolcim Awards 2017 for North America prize handover ceremony, Chicago
    Eric Mahoney

    studio[Ci]

    USA

  • DC
    David Cross

    It Starts at Home (IS@H)

    USA

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    Donald Carpenter

    Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute

    USA

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    Yochen Pan

    Detroit

    USA

  • KB
    Kelly Blynn

    Detroit

    USA

  • KS
    Karl Seidman

    Detroit

    USA

  • DB
    Drew Bradford

    Detroit

    USA

  • CB
    Cory Benjamin

    Detroit

    USA

  • RL
    Ruiyi Liu

    Detroit

    USA

  • GW
    Grant Williams

    Detroit

    USA

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