' New sources of revenue and community engagement with application of existing infrastructure'
VERTICAL: The proposal is in contrast to big horizontal program that occupies large expanses of valuable land in downtown Detroit. Taking the program vertically, gives an opportunity to give identity to Detroit’s waterfront via an iconic program that speaks of Detroit’s creative capital. Also, to promote city planning that reinforces denser mixed use strategies, with sustainable ideas of ecology for central Detroit.
PUBLIC CORE: The core is wrapped with a program of classrooms on all levels for various interest groups to teach and share with the community
FORM: The program is ‘twisted’ to respond to two directional block/grid systems of Detroit, a strategy which yields an iconic public space form at the waterfront, and also allows for generous views and natural daylight.
OPEN TO CITY: Every other floor opens up to the city for individuals to create and reflect with Detroit as a backdrop, reinforced by generous views and natural daylight.
CONNECTIONS: The program reinforces surrounding context, including connection to near Campus Martius Park where proposed future rail lines with service to greater Detroit and other major cities will occur. A location with potential for a busy intermodal site that will drive development along Woodward Avenue. The ‘Idea Factory’ also connects to city functions in the Northeast corner and to our proposed future residential and hotel development on top of Cobo Center.