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Re: Housing: Detroit

Re: Housing: Detroit

As North American cities work through the long-term implications of globalization, disinvestment, and post-recession revitalization, affordable housing and community resilience are essential, but often elusive elements of urban life. In its inclusive vision of “A City for All,” Detroit’s unprecedented multi-pronged approach to housing and neighborhood preservation and development offers lessons relevant to both rapidly growing and Rust Belt cities looking to preserve existing housing stock and spark new development.

Re: Housing: Detroit, a symposium held in Detroit and Ann Arbor at the University of Michigan, will convene innovators and researchers across the academy, real estate, architecture, planning, housing advocacy, and the city of Detroit in pursuit of real solutions to Detroit’s “Missing Middle” density housing. Architects and developers working on current projects in Detroit will meet together with others working on similar projects in the US and internationally in the context of the Detroit’s Month of Design and biennial exhibition “Detroit Design 139.” Through panels focused on urban density, domestic arrangements, and development protocols, they will exchange current research and contemporary projects that address the design of inclusive, affordable, medium-density housing.

The symposium is part of a five-year collaboration between the City of Detroit Planning and Development Department and Taubman College, University of Michigan.

The symposium will kick off with a keynote lecture in Downtown Detroit on Thursday, September 12. 


Abir Ali, The Platform
Angie Brooks, FAIA, Brooks + Scarpa
Maurice Cox, City of Detroit
Julie Eizenberg, Koning Eizenberg
Antonio Fiol-Silva, SITIO
Ignacio Galán, Barnard College
Lars Graebner, U-M Taubman College / VolumeOne
Sharon Haar, U-M Taubman College
Paul Karakusevic, Karakusevic-Carson Architects
Rasmia Kirmani-Frye, Independent Consultant, Fund for Public Housing
Matthew Lasner, Hunter College
Marc Norman, U-M Taubman College
Anna Puigjaner, MAIO / Columbia GSAPP
Eunice Seng, The University of Hong Kong / SKEW Collaborative  
Jonathan Tate, OJT

This event is eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. 

Header image is from a Fall 2018 studio course project, "Russell Creative," designed by Masters of Architecture students Brian Baksa, Sarah Arthur, and Eric Minton.