Lars Gräbner + Sharon Haar + Christina Hansen

D3+D: DENSITY, DIVERSITY, & DOMESTICITY + DETROIT

Detroit is experiencing unparalleled demand for new housing, creating opportunities to develop new residential models for an increasingly diverse population. Only innovative new housing typologies and planning tools can address the changing demands on the living environment.  However, innovation is constrained by prevailing and non-adaptive economic principles; traditional marketing schemes; and outdated masterplans, zoning regulations, and definitions of family that are often not in tune with the needs of contemporary urban residents. d3+D studio will look creatively at urban density through the lenses of diversity and domesticity. Demographic changes, new ways of working and living, and a desire for active, green urban space require more differentiated and inclusive approaches to the planning and design of contemporary housing. This studio offers the opportunity to develop and test alternative concepts for housing through the creation of environments that question normative urban routines and housing typologies. Student teams will explore how different and novel programmatic elements and combinations can contribute to vibrant and resilient housing.  The envisioned projects will react to new and emerging structures of habitation, testing a variety of innovative housing models while creating catalytic, inclusive, and transformative urban spaces.  Studio teams will explore the synergistic proposition of living at the gateway to Belle Isle on E. Jefferson and Grand Boulevard in Detroit. d3+D  student teams will develop and present convincing and inspiring arguments through systematic, environmental and social concepts. Within these frameworks, they will explore issues such as urban design, domesticity, communal living, economies of production, constructability, and others. The outcomes will demonstrate innovation in alternative construction and integrative systems.

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Student Work

Meredith Bickett + Abigail Incontro + Andrew Miller + Alex Salvadero “Social Hub for the MAAAsses”

Meredith Bickett + Abigail Incontro + Andrew Miller + Alex Salvadero “Social Hub for the MAAAsses”

The intersection of Jefferson Avenue, East Grand Boulevard, and the bridge to Belle Isle in Detroit has historically marked a critical crossroads of transit for Detroit and has long been integrated into community social interaction. Social Hub for the MAAAsses, our proposed multifamily housing project located at this intersection, will revitalize this historic location and ensure its longevity as a social hot spot of Detroit. This project will significantly increase the density in the area and act as a catalyst for economic growth. This project will emphasize community between its residents and outside users through its visible exterior circulation, outdoor courtyards, restaurants, and retail spaces. The main social courtyard is situated between the existing Fellowship House and garage, which will be retrofitted to act as a market and community center. Throughout the new community, residents can enjoy collective spaces, such as community kitchens and lounge areas. The project uses a mixture of single- and double-loaded corridors in order to increase density, efficiency, and variety of units while also creating opportunities for open circulation. The transparency of the indoor and outdoor social spaces highlights their connection and encourages a variety of different gathering types within the Social Hub.

Charlotte Fuss + Tyler Gaeth + Shraddha Jain + Meghan Owens – “[Live-In] Green”

Charlotte Fuss + Tyler Gaeth + Shraddha Jain + Meghan Owens – “[Live-In] Green”

[Live-In] Green is the sustainable, multi-generational gateway to Belle Isle at the intersection of Jefferson Ave. and Grand Blvd, and the entrance to the Islandview Neighborhood. Responding to the ebb and flow of Detroit life and history, the design embraces change over time through a sustainable and innovative material assembly while also reviving a historic mansion on the site and activating the streetscape with public plazas and holistic sidewalk design. Typical spaces of circulation and egress are reimagined as active centers of community life, bringing neighbors and nature closer together, and offering a new gradient of collectivity to higher density living. Life continues outside the insulated walls of the unit, where exterior corridors, strategic site design, and a network of roof terraces bring residents in contact with sustainable processes and green space. Live-In Green is designed as multigenerational, community-driven housing. The design of units sought to provide a gradient of collectivity, blurring the typical boundaries between public corridor and private apartment with the implementation of a large porch space to be shared by unit pairs. Each of these pairs consists of one smaller (1-2br) and one larger (3-4br), encouraging the co-living of families and smaller households.

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