Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (Hamilton Anderson prime)
139 sq mi
Design Team

Toni L. Griffin, Urban Planning and Design for the American City (Lead, Planning)
Hamilton Anderson Associates (Planning, Urban Design)
Initiative For Competitive Inner City (ICIC) (Economics)
Interface Studio (Economics / Industrial Land)
Happold Consulting (Infrastructure)
Center For Community Progress (Public Land)
Detroit Collaborative Design Center (Community Engagement)
Michigan Community Resources (Community Engagement)
Carlisle Wortmann Associates, Inc. (Zoning)
The Detroit Strategic Framework Plan is a comprehensive, action-oriented roadmap for decision-making to improve the quality of life and business in Detroit. Stoss collaborated with a team of planners, designers, and community leaders on the Detroit Works Project, a city-wide planning framework for Detroit. The project identifies productive efficiencies by establishing links between social, economic, and ecological systems. These integrated solutions suggest new forms of urban living, new modes of production in the city, and newly productive green infrastructures for the city at large.

Stoss's work seeks to redefine and diversify the traditional notion of landscapes as only recreation by showing the multiple ways landscapes can improve the overall health of the city and its residents. Single-use, passive landscapes are resource-consumptive; but contemporary productive landscapes can generate resources. Through natural processes, they can reduce environmental health problems faced by city residents. Making landscapes productive is a guiding principle of Stoss's work. Landscapes and green infrastructures can clean air, water, and soil and improve the health of urban ecosystems. Innovative landscapes focus on multiple types of blue / green infrastructure, cleaning water and air and combine with productive types, including food and energy production, community engagement, and research. In this way, the plan encourages landscape infrastructure as a civic instigator for new city structures.

The final Framework Plan focuses on a series of analytic mappings of existing conditions; analysis of diagrammatic material flows and actors; and identifying relevant case studies about productive landscapes, landscape urbanism, and remediation. Analytic mapping reveals areas of opportunity across the city. Diagrams of surplus materials and potential partners suggest ways to redirect and reuse currently wasted resources. Case studies about sustainable community, green infrastructure, agricultural urbanism, and shrinking cities point to ways for landscape to structure sustainable urban form.

The framework establishes near and long range strategies for:
1) economic growth and attracting new job opportunities for residents,
2) stabilization and growth of neighborhoods and employment centers,
3) more efficient practices for improving city systems and infrastructure,
4) reforms to zoning that accommodate modern and innovative land uses, and
5) strategies that help put our public land assets into more coordinated, strategic, and productive use.

Stoss is part of the Long-term Planning Technical Team and is focusing specifically on issues of landscape, ecology, open space, and blue/green infrastructure.

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