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Urban Ecosystem Services: Detroit, MI

Posted By on 15 April 2013 in conceptual design, landscape planning + design, models, native planting, site planning + planting design, stormwater mitigation |

Urban Ecosystem Services: Detroit, MI

Located on a 115 acre site in Detroit’s Lower East Side (LES), this design envisions how ecosystem services can be incorporated into urban development across scales in a dynamic metropolitan setting. Working in collaboration with Detroit’s Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) as the client, the following design envisions what Detroit could be like in 2030 under, under an “Ecosystem Services” scenario. This scenario assumes a reduction in City services to the focal area, a population decrease of 25%, and uses the site as a key stormwater management...

Canyons in the City: Urban Redevelopment Master Plan for Ypsilanti, MI

Posted By on 13 April 2013 in analysis, landscape planning + design, models |

Canyons in the City: Urban Redevelopment Master Plan for Ypsilanti, MI

A 32 acre site sits vacant in the heart of the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan, waiting to be re-imagined and re-invested in. The City of Ypsilanti’s Planning Department approached landscape architects at the University of Michigan for assistance developing a Master Plan that would feed life back into this “Water Street” area.   Site Context + Analysis Water Street is primly located along the Huron River, which cuts through the City of Ypsilanti and provides recreational opportunities for residents. This location makes the site a...

Plastic Tree Park

Posted By on 9 April 2013 in conceptual design, design process, models, site planning + planting design |

Plastic Tree Park

An important part of the healing process is having access to and views of outdoor green spaces. The developers and staff of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan understood this need, and therefore proposed the creation of a Children’s Park on a vacant 2 acre site next to the hospital grounds. Numerous design charrettes were held with local elementary school student to ensure that proposed park designs were appealing to children, and appropriate to healing, as well as healthy visitors. Children chose their...