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Project Summary

Grassroots Microgrid in Michigan

Community-driven neighborhood planning

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.

Project Timeline

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Bronze – Energy, food and civic engagement in Detroit, USA
Celebrating sustainability at Seebaldt Street in Detroit
Rebuilding the “Comeback City” – Plot by plot
Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018: Gold, Silver, Bronze to collaborative and diverse design teams
“A neighborhood reaching energy autonomy through micro-infrastructure”
Global finalist project entry 2018 – Grassroots Microgrid in Michigan, USA
Celebrations start at home
Gold: Comprehensive neighborhood planning in Detroit, USA
“An opportunity to create a compelling sustainable neighborhood”
Project Entry 2017 for North America
Project Details
Detroit, USA
Constance C. Bodurow
Main Author
Constance C. Bodurow
studio[Ci], USA
Will Bright
Further Author
Will Bright
It Starts at Home (IS@H) , USA
Bronze 2018
Gold 2017
North America
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“Community-driven responses to issues facing many cities” – Alejandro Aravena
“Community-driven responses to issues facing many cities” – Alejandro Aravena

Awards Bronze: Alejandro Aravena, Head of the Global LafargeHolcim Awards 2018 jury thinks being an active agent of …

“Leveraging the asset of vacancy” – Sustainable design by Constance C. Bodurow
“Leveraging the asset of vacancy” – Sustainable design by Constance C. Bodurow

Although vacancy is typically seen as a liability, it is the act of looking at vacancy as a positive that makes …

“Community empowerment” – Sustainable design by Will Bright
“Community empowerment” – Sustainable design by Will Bright

“Getting skin in the game” by enabling tenants to own infrastructure is part of building a community voice and makes the …

Grassroots Microgrid: Gold 2017 North America
Grassroots Microgrid: Gold 2017 North America

Community-driven neighborhood planning, Detroit, USA - The design proposal for a neighborhood in Detroit repositions …

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