Detroit's riverfront is currently undergoing a transformation. Former industrial sites and abandoned infrastructures are being transformed into new developments, and recreational spaces.
Hart plaza being at the end of Detroit's bloodline (Woodward Avenue), is a very important node for the city, as it is where the water meets downtown. It is the city's event space.
The competition was an exploration of connections within this public recreation space.
My partner and I seen many opportunities within the existing barrier that Jefferson Avenue places between the downtown area, and the Plaza. We also found opportunities in the existing infrastructures such as the Canadian Tunnel, and the People mover.
To us Jefferson is too wide, crossing several lanes of traffic and a large median is too dangerous. This is why we proposed to sink a large portion of Jefferson Avenue below ground, and bring the park closer to downtown. Lower and Upper Jefferson will now have separate uses. Lower Jefferson will be for Passers Through and Canadian Tunnel Traffic. Upper Jefferson will be a small surface traffic road, which is more pedestrian friendly than before.
Connections to the existing people mover stations surrounding the site can be created using gently sloping pathways, with natural surfacing. These pathways not only build stronger connections to the cities infrastructures, they create overlook opportunities, and natural habitats for wildlife.
Status: Competition Entry
Location: Detroit, MI, US
My Role: Designer, Graphics
Additional Credits: Mary Cay Lancaster (partner, designer, graphics)