(Re)constructed Block in Michigan

(Re)constructed Block in Michigan From the dawn of the 20th century Michigan with Detroit as its industrial capital embodied a pioneering spirit of new eco- nomic possibilities and ways of living. The short-lived eco- nomic boom began to wane mid-century, and by the end, the collapse of hard industry led former industrial pioneers to come to terms with their new status as post-industrial cities. In the past four decades, abandoned properties and the remnants of wastefully overbuilt infrastructure have come to symbolize the unfortunate legacy of these places. Detroit, as the city that produced the 20th century model for industrial capitalist pros- perity, then also became the prototype of collapsed economic fortunes. By calling on its enduring qualities of ingenuity, bravery, and hard work, however, Detroiters are once again looking to become the instigators of a new economic turnaround. The legacy misuse of built assets such as the vast abandonment of factories, warehouses, and neighborhoods over 140 sq miles of the city can still be traced over thousands of city blocks. Yet the re-activation of these blocks’ potential can be exemplified on the Bellevue block in the Beltline Industrial District of Detroit, Michigan. The (Re)constructed block in Michigan project activates the forgotten value and potential of vacant land, abandoned materials and community to create a viable economy. Active- ly healing the damage from 20th century misuse starts with re- versing the exploitation of our planet through a disregard for the life cycle of materials: This means recovering the wealth of materials on site to harness their full potential, as well as re- purposing land and recycling area resources. By further divert- ing rainwater and generating power from renewable energy sources , the reconstructed block activates a resilient greenfield vs. brownfield site. The radical (but necessary) progression from an extractive to an inclusive local ecosystem , not only respects the history of place and material, but enables a pros- perous future for the local community. Boulevard Avenue Pathway Street 5110 Bellevue Street, Detroit, MI E Grand Blvd E Grand Blvd E Bellevue St E Warren Ave E Palmer St E Forest Ave Gratiot Ave E Kirby St E Ferry St FROM WASTE TO WEALTH 01 1875 1905 1912 1916 1952 1701 2020 2010 2000 1990 1980 1970 1960 1950 1940 1930 1920 1910 1900 1850 1800 1850-1900, Detroit expands to 150% of its original size Detroit founding the upper classes settle in the suburbs 1925, Master Plan for Detroit with its suburbs 1918, need for zoning Detroit Master Plan is implemented 1967, Civil Rights Movement 1980, Urban farming in vacant spaces 1990, Detroit commissions a vacant land survey 2013, Detroit goes bankrupt 1919, separating residential and industrial zone 1,850,000 City population 672,829 Black population 590,293 White population 75,660 Roads House Garage Abandoned Industrial Rail road Parking spot Green spot