Areal isometric view of architecture development

Published: 2023

/ Student Work

Corktown Co-Living

Project Statement:
Corktown Co-Living is a development meant to foster spontaneous interactions between its residents and the larger community. It invites the return of previous residents of Corktown, the young couples, the multigenerational families, and the old and the new types of living. Users are intended to enter this project and form new relationships while catering to former ones. It is meant to be the annex of the Corktown community and hold events for both the residences and the larger community. It is rentable and ownable property to incentivize all archetypes.

Thesis Questions:
There is a need for urban redevelopment that is necessary to re-inhabit the landscape of Detroit that stands vacant. With communities fragmented to this degree, how can different scales of interaction encourage a resettlement and investment of Corktown? Providing levels of spaces encourages residents to collaborate with those inside and outside of the community. How can the flexibility of renter ship with ownership provide the community with the ability to share stake? In what way can a community develop ownership away from outside investors? Like condominiums, buildings can be split in ownership and renter ship, inspiring limitless possibilities for shareholders. Residents would be dependent on one another, testing another layer of interaction. What was once a typical lot-spaced neighborhood turned into expanses of vacant lots is ripe for new housing opportunities. With a project that feels so abrupt to the current landscape, is there a construction method that feels more familiar within the context of Detroit?


Colin McAllister and Joseph Suetholz


Mick Kennedy