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Philip Hall

Philip Hall

New York, NY, US

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Downtown Detroit project site urban analysis
Downtown Detroit project site urban analysis
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The Regeneration of Urban Empty Space: Detroit

Since 1950, Detroit has lost over 50% of its population, 165,000 industrial jobs, and 147,000 housing units.  The depopulation that the city has experienced over the last sixty years created a fractured and dislocated urban environment divided by over 66,000 vacant lots.  Generated by default rather than intent, these discarded, neglected, and forgotten spaces evoke strong memories of past turmoil and abandonment within the city.  The project investigation uncovers the historic factors and city-responses associated with the extensive suburbanization and the subsequent emergence of urban empty space in Detroit.  Emphasizing the historic formation and strange identity of Detroit's vacant land becomes the design measure in which to re-imagine and regenerate these urban conditions.

 
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Status: School Project
Location: Detroit, MI, US

 
Project site and surrounding area vacant lots (in red)
Transect #1 - Highway
Transect #1 - Highway
Transect #2 - Clearing
Transect #2 - Clearing
Transect #3 - Neighborhood business district street front
Transect #3 - Neighborhood business district street front
Transect #4 - Sidewalks
Transect #4 - Sidewalks
Transect #5 - Streets
Transect #5 - Streets
Corktown neighborhood farm and business district site plan
Highway transition buffer
Urban farming - Commercial & community plots, boardwalk, pavilion, parks
Streets and sidewalk EXISTING
Streets and sidewalk concept
Sites of building intervention (3)
Site #1 Plan
Site #1 Plan
Site #1 Front elevation
Site #1 Front elevation
Site #1 Side elevation
Site #1 Side elevation
Site #1 Section
Site #1 Section
Site #1 Form diagram
Site #1 Form diagram
Site #2 Plan
Site #2 Plan
Site #2 Front elevation
Site #2 Front elevation
Site #2 Section
Site #2 Section
Site #2 Section
Site #2 Section
Site #2 Form diagram
Site #2 Form diagram
Site #3 Plan
Site #3 Plan
Site #3 Front elevation
Site #3 Front elevation
Site #3 Lateral section
Site #3 Lateral section
Site #3 Longitudinal section
Site #3 Longitudinal section
Site #3 Form diagram
Site #3 Form diagram

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