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A Public Space Reclamation Project Proposal for Detroit, Michigan


Overview |

Proposal and Site Goals

This is a proposal to the city to add more public spaces to the communities of Detroit. There is currently a Residential Demolition Program in place to tear down dangerous residential buildings. This proposal is to pair with that program and add public spaces back into these sights. There are a total of 8 areas where this will take place over a span of 3 years. The 8 new parks will be unique to each area but also work together as a system. Whenever possible parts of the torn down homes will be recycled for use in the parks. Local business and community members will have the opportunity to donate financially or of their time to help the parks’ construction.

Site Goals

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Inform and persuade the city to implement the plan Inform community members about the plan Inform businesses about the plan Give community members and businesses a way to learn how they can get involved Provide an example of this type of project Inform visitors about the Residential Demolition Project this plan is accompanying

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Proposal |

Issues, Goals and Audience

The issue is a poor allocation of land for recreation and enjoyment by the public. There is so much industrialization, and many buildings that are no longer in use. This proposal is to reclaim unused areas of land for public use by joining with the Residential Demolition Program currently in place in Detroit. They will tear down dangerous residential buildings and these will be the perfect areas to add public parks for surrounding residents to utilize. There are 8 areas that will have buildings taken down and parks added. They will be small enough to allow for new housing to go up as well. These areas will be turned into a series of parks, with the goal of creating many small and different spaces so everyone finds a place they can enjoy. The series will develop slowly as spaces are discovered. Each will have unique characteristics but all work together as a system.

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A secondary goal with this park project is to clean up abandoned buildings and make these areas more friendly and habitable. Elements in each park will be created from recycled objects whenever possible. Area businesses and community members can donate funds or park elements such as benches, trash cans or landscaping items.

A Website will be created for the community members, as well as city officials, to stay involved and informed in the proposal process. It will outline the goals, time-line, locations and firms with bids in to do the work. Additionally, posters will be placed in each of the eight communities to gain awareness and support for the proposal.

The primary audience for this proposal is city of Detroit officials, who must approve the land being used in this way. They will be in charge of deciding which spaces will be converted to public parks. The secondary audience is the community. They will be most affected by the new parks entering their communities and they are the audience these parks are going to be designed to please. They will be given the opportunity to help by giving of their time or funds, so keeping them informed and excited about the proposal is important.

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User persona |

Primary User

Gary Male, 50’s City Official Oversees the Residential Demolition Program and other city projects Gary uses the computer everyday for his work and likes to keep updated on all of the projects and committees he is involved with through e-mail and web. He uses a PC with windows and IE. The main goal for this site in regards to this user is to propose the idea to him. The site must give Gary the information he wants regarding, costs, design and estimated completion time. He will not necessarily be concerned with using the site for update purposes or contact information, as he will have easy access to those elements in more direct ways. However contact info will be included just in case he is away for the office and needs that info. The site must be clear and to the point because he is a busy person and the goal is to convince him quickly and easily. He has dealt with many web based proposals and has approved many of the projects and plans he has reviewed. He likes organization and efficiency when going through a proposal.

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User Persona |

Secondary User

Sarah Female, 30’s Community member Lives near the areas that will be affected by the proposed park integration. Sarah is married and her and her husband have three kids. They live in a small house in a somewhat crowded neighborhood and have very little yard space or place they feel comfortable allowing their kids to play. As a result they often drive out of their way just to enjoy the outdoors and let their kids play. The main goal for this site in regards to this user is to inform Sarah and other community members like her about the proposal to integrate some new parks into their neighborhoods. The site will allow them to learn the details and how they can even get involved. It will be important that the site looks friendly and is easy to use so that the community can get excited about the coming parks and not turn down the proposal. It must also contain just the right amount of persuasion directed towards the community just so the whole project is received well by those who will be most effected. Sarah and her family have a windows desktop PC and are often on the internet for various recreational and educational activities. They most often use Internet explorer.

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Site Map |

Home

The Proposal

Overview Contact City

Map

The Work

The Community

High Line

Demolition Program

Design

How

Summary

Summary

Building

Contact

Link

Link

Architecture

Landscape

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Wireframes |

Homepage

Header

The Proposal

The Work

The Community

High Line

Demolition program

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wireframes |

Proposal Section

Header

The Proposal

The Work

Photo (map)

The Community

High Line

Demolition program

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Wireframes |

Team Section

Header

The Proposal

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The Community

High Line

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Wireframes |

You Can Help

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Link to contact page

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Wireframes |

High Line

Header

The Proposal

The Work

Photo

The Community

High Line

Demolition program

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Wireframes |

Residential Demolition Program

Header

The Proposal

The Work

Photo

The Community

High Line

Demolition program

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Sketches |

Thinking, visuals and concept

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Sketches |

Thinking, visuals and concept

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Map |

On Website

Jefferson

Fernhill Dresden

Marston

Woodland

Mackinaw

Barlow Van Court

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Poster prototype |

Series of three

Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at www.revitalize-detroit.org

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Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at www.revitalize-detroit.org

Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at www.revitalize-detroit.org

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Poster prototype |

In the environment

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Static Prototypes |

Homepage, secondary and tertiary pages

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Live Site |

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Live Site |

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Early Directions | Screen prototypes

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Early Directions | Screen prototypes

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Early Directions | Poster series, prototypes

Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at www.revitalize-detroit.org Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at www.revitalize-detroit.org Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at www.revitalize-detroit.org

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Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at www.revitalize-detroit.org

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Early Directions | Postcard series, prototypes

Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at:

www.revitalize-detroit.org

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Early Directions | Beginning visuals

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Early Directions | First proposal statement

The issue is a poor allocation of land for recreation and enjoyment by the public. There is so much industrialization, and along with that comes the many buildings that are no longer in use. My proposal is to reclaim unused areas of land for public use and to do this by joining with the Residential Demolition Program currently in place in Detroit. They will tear down dangerous residential buildings and these will be the perfect areas to add public parks for the neighborhoods to utilize. There are 8 areas that will have buildings taken down which means 8 parks will be created. They will be small enough to allow for new housing to go up as well.

The primary audience for this proposal is the city if Detroit, who has to allow the land to be used in this way. They will be in charge of deciding which spaces to use and giving permission for them to be turned into parks. The secondary audience is the community. They will be the ones most affected by the new parks entering their communities and they are the people these parks are going to be designed for. They will also be given the opportunity to help by giving of their time or funds, so keeping them informed and excited about the proposal is important.

These areas will be turned into a series of parks, with the goal of creating many small and different spaces so everyone finds a place they can enjoy. The series will develop slowly as spaces are discovered. Each will have unique characteristics but all work together as a system. A secondary goal with this park project is to clean up abandoned buildings and make these areas more friendly and habitable. Plus the elements in each park will be created form recycled objects whenever possible. Area businesses and community members can donate funds or park objects and the designers will work with them. The proposal and information for this project will be delivered in the form of a website, outlining the goals, timeline, progress and design plans, and monthly postcards that will be sent to the community to give updates regarding progress, plans, how they can get involved and opening dates. It will also direct them to the website for more in depth information.

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Early Directions | First site map

Postcard PDF

The Plan

map schedule

designers

The Team

construction architects landscape

Progress

blog photos

Home

Contact

You Can Help

How

Contact

City Copyright

High Line

Demolition Program

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summary link

summary link

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Early Directions | First

screen prototypes

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Early Directions | First

screen prototypes

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Early Directions | First

screen prototypes

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Early Directions | First functioning prototype

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Early Directions | First thoughts for the map

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Early Directions | PDF construction schedule

This was dropped since the dates were approximate. It

Schedule Design Directions have been chosen for each of the eight parks. Our schedule follows with the Residental Demolition Programs Schedule for demolition. Once they are cleaned up, our construction will begin. Consrtuction will begin:

March 1st, 2011

1st park to open:

Approx. 5 months ( August 2011 )

2nd park construction to begin:

May 1st, 2011

2nd Park to open:

Approx. 5 months

3rd park consrtuction to begin:

June 1st, 2011

3rd park to open:

Approx. 4 months

4th park construction to begin:

October 1st, 2011

4th park to open:

Approx. 5 months

5th park construction to begin:

March 1st, 2012

5th park to open:

Approx. 3 months

6th park construction to begin:

July 1st, 2012

6th park to open:

Approx. 2 months

7th park construction to begin:

September 1st, 2011

7th park o open:

Approx. 2 months

8th park construction to begin:

March 1st, 2013

8th park to open:

Approx. 5 months

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was decided it would be more efficient and accurate to just let the neighborhoods know what was going on as the construction progressed. It was too risky to give dates in the event that schedules got delayed.

( October 2011 )

( October 2011 )

( March 2012 )

( June 2012 )

( September 2012 )

( November 2012 )

( August 2013 )

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Early Directions | Postcard series, additional prototypes

A Park to Call Home

A Park to Call Home

A Park to Call Home

A Park to Call Home

A Park to Call Home

A Park to Call Home

A public space reclamation project | City of Detroit

A public space reclamation project | City of Detroit

A public space reclamation project | City of Detroit

A public space reclamation project | City of Detroit

A public space reclamation project | City of Detroit

A public space reclamation project | City of Detroit

Hey guess what? Construction is set to begin in your neighborhood!

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A Park to Call Home

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Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at:

www.homesparks-detroit.org

Jane doe 1900 18th St. Detroit, MI 39000

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Early Directions | Postcard series, full scale

A Park to Call Home

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Early Directions | Postcard series, full scale

Hey guess what? Construction is set to begin in your neighborhood!

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Jefferson Neighborhood 3

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Learn how you can get involved, the schedule for construction and more about the project at:

www.homesparks-detroit.org

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Jane doe 1900 18th St. Detroit, MI 39000

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Early Directions | Beginning visuals

A Park to Call Home

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