This project is funded through the Knight Foundation and aims to create interactive art, programming and street interventions to help bikers and pedestrians reclaim the streets of Corktown Detroit. 12 grant winners were chosen, including myself, and were awarded a small sum to create an experiment in Tactical Urbanism.
The above photo is of our kick off event, Open Streets which closed down more than 3 miles of city highway and main streets to allow people to experience them in a new way.
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"I would like to convert under-utilized public spaces into pop-up living rooms where individuals can come socialize, explore, and interact with the Corktown community without the necessity of monetary interactions. I've noticed one of the major problems with Michigan Ave is its lack of intimacy. The street is extremely wide and sometimes busy, leading one to believe it is for cars--not people; there are no patios or community spaces, and many empty lots between large buildings. These spaces could be filled to compensate for the vastness of the street itself. By placing pop-ups in these empty lots, pedestrians can feel free to wander Michigan avenue, as the street itself becomes its own destination."
Community members contribute to the pop up living room.
Civilla is a non-profit company based out of Techtown Detroit which aims to utilize the Design Thinking process in the social sector.
"Creating Jobs that Lift People out of Poverty"
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Patronicity is a crowd-funding website that focuses on community-based improvement projects. For more info, click here.
In collaboration with Barbara Jacobson of Human Scale Studios
Individuals were welcomed to tell stories of their personal experiences with the night sky. This project was in partnership with the National Parks Foundation, and attempts to create a connection with nature while in an urban setting.
Civilla is passionate about supporting local businesses. Every Friday morning was a group walk to the nearby coffeehouse Cafe Con Leche, where we got to know each other as individuals and start the day off right.