space, architecture and music won the 2008 Montaigne Medal for Best New Writing and the 2009 National Independent Excellence Award for Social Change. Recently described by C.C. Sullivan of Smart Planet as hip hop architecture’s most articulate thinker, Dr. Wilkins has written and lectured on a variety of topics, from the relationship between race and space at Stanford University to the prospects of architectural activism at the University of Cape Town. In 2010, he was a member of the inaugural group of artists to receive the Kresge Fellowship for literature and has also been awarded a residency at the historic Anderson Center in Minnesota.
Gary Wozniak has spent his entire adult career in the financial arena. With close to 30 years of hands on consulting, training and leadership experience he has helped hundreds of companies achieve economic success. In addition, Gary has owned several business ventures from restaurants to the health care arena. He has a unique ability to analyze a client’s financial condition and make recommendations regarding strengths/ weaknesses, stability and the potential for capacity building. As the lead author of the RecoveryPark project in Detroit, Gary has brought together a coalition of 100+ government, education, non-profit and forprofit entities to vision a 2,400 acre community development and large-scale metropolitan agriculture project. Over 3.5 years in the making, RecoveryPark is poised to define what “triple bottom line” urban projects will model themselves after in the coming years. This project offers insight into financially self-sustainable models offering lifestyle options that end population losses in core city neighborhoods while attracting employment opportunities that will eventually fuel further development ideas.
Published on Sep 15, 2012