Reorganizing the Modern City: the Case of Detroit

© Gallarati Architetti, 2009

Our project for Detroit tries to outline a criterion by which to transform the city into several smaller self-sufficient districts, each with a central built tissue (with a concentrated population of approximately 25,000), and surrounded by areas destined for mixed agricultural use and sustainable forestry.
Each of these nuclei should be composed of a unified tissue organized by a hierarchy of axes, with commercial tissues along main and peripheral roads and two different types of residential tissue: high-density building tissues along significant planned building routes and low-density building tissue along the inner roads. At the intersection of the main routes new squares will be created, also taking into account some currently vacant areas.

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