Of the thesis entitled: Recalibrating Detroit: A Plan for Incremental Neighbourhood Densification
This thesis analyses factors responsible for Detroit’s past growth and delves into its current transient culture. The phenomena of its urban shrinkage is more than just a demographic shift. It is a harbinger of qualitative changes that permeate social, economic and cultural aspects of Detroit’s urban life. The phenomena of shrinking cities has challenged architecture and planning disciplines to seek a divergent role. One tasked with a quest to find urban constraints propagating its temporality, and then speculating a new sustainable urban form and a process for achieving it.
In order to halt urban shrinkage, Detroit will have to set itself on the path of urban recalibration. It further proposes an animated process, leading up to an urban model of a polycentric net with nodes of vitality to provide focal points for urban recovery of its neighborhoods. The analysis of the current urban fabric is focused on urban density, continuity, and the quality of the urban grain. In order to achieve a new paradigm, this thesis proposes a phased process for incremental densification while reprogramming its urban grain of community life and its built environment. Incremental densification is a systemized bootstrap process, flexible and adaptively responsive to urban transience and indeterminable prognosis. To achieve a sustainable urban form, each modest phase can then be incrementally implemented by the residents and small scale actors, all free from large scale corporate and speculative builders.
The examining committee is as follows:
Val Rynnimeri, University of Waterloo
Adrian Blackwell, University of Waterloo
Terri Boake, University of Waterloo
Michael Hannay, The MBTW Group
The committee has been approved as authorized by the Graduate Studies Committee.
The Defence Examination will take place:
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
A copy of the thesis is available for perusal in ARC 2106A.
7 Melville Street South
Cambridge, ON N1S 2H4