“Preserving historical context while rebuilding a sense of belonging and inclusiveness of the local people”
Project description by jury
The aim of this design proposal is to convert a brownfield block in the Beltline Industrial District of Detroit into a sustainable and productive community. It implements a new construction and economic system based on the recovery of a wealth of materials from the abandoned and deconstructed fabrics of the city and this once-thriving industrial precinct. The project includes the construction of housing, workspaces, parking areas, community gardens and orchards. To reduce fossil fuel energy consumption, the buildings are integrated with green technologies (solar and battery systems and geothermal HVAC) while rain collectors enable the re-use of water for on-site food production. Collaboration with local partners for the (re)construction of Bellevue Block will create new green jobs and make people of the community main actors of this transformation process.