Detroit Future City and UDM

February 13, 2013

Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Genevieve Fisk Loranger Architecture Center


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Dan Pitera, associate professor of Architecture and executive director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, will discuss the future of Detroit in the Warren Loranger Architecture Building on UDM's McNichols Campus on Wednesday, Feb. 13 beginning at 5 p.m.  Pitera will discuss "Detroit Future City," the long-term strategic plan unveiled earlier this month.

Detroit Future City is described as the broadest, deepest and most comprehensive look at Detroit that has ever been done.  It provides plans for the best use of the city's land, improvements in job growth and economic prosperity, vibrant neighborhoods, and improved transportation.  Research for Detroit Future City included interviews with more than 30,000 Detroit stakeholders.  The strategic plan includes the following recommendations:

  • investment in seven employment districts within the city,
  • using landscapes as 21st Century infrastructure,
  • support for a network of new and existing neighborhood types,
  • creation of a new and diverse open space system for the city, and
  • development of a diversified transportation system for Detroit and the region.

For more about the DCDC's involvement in the plan, including links to media coverage, see the UDM news release.

Enthusiasm is high. Detroit Future City has been a topic of discussion on local and national media.  And unlike many good ideas that have fallen by the wayside, Detroit Future City is already taking shape.  In addition to favorable responses throughout the city, The Kresge Foundation has pledged $150-million to help make these improvements happen.

Pitera, who served as the civic engagement team leader for Detroit Future City, will discuss the plan's methodology and goals, and what it means for the future of Detroit.  He will also take questions from the audience and offer ideas on how UDM students can get involved.

The discussion is sponsored by the School of Architecture at UDM and by The Honors Program at UDM.

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Contact: Jason Roche, assistant professor of Communication Studies
Phone: 313-993-1092
Email: rochejj@udmercy.edu