MAde Studio

Liquid Planning Detroit

Posted on 20 Mar 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In Collaboration With:
Jen Maigret, former partner of MAde Studio
Sponsored By: 
Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute
Data Driven Detroit
Spatial Data Librarian Consultant:
Nicole Scholtz
Research Assistants:
Meghan Archer, Catherine Baldwin, Chris Bennett, Caroline Bergelin, Maria Capota, Leigh Davis, Tara Mather, Anna Schaefferkoetter, Peter Sotherland, Robert Yuen
March 2011- March 2013
2013 ACSA Faculty Design Award
2013 Boston Society of Architects, AIA Design Citation, Unbuilt Category
2014 AIA Michigan Honor Award, Unbuilt Category

LIQUID PLANNING fosters the imaginative capacity of visions for Detroit’s future urbanism by understanding the city through the lens of water. Whereas current debate is mired in circular reasoning-the solution to Detroit’s overwhelming vacancy is less vacancy—our work positions the consideration of urban storm water management as a key tool for generative design strategies that encourage nested, scalar approaches and interdisciplinary collaboration. The research brings together regional analyses of the systems of water infrastructure, and the physical, regulatory and cultural forces that shape Detroit’s contemporary urban condition.

“The Jury was very impressed with the fine-grained analysis that underlies the urban designs of this unbuilt project. … The two contrasting subject areas, one residential and the other industrial, were an elegant way to explore the varying issues and opportunities present in the urban situation.
-2014 AIA Michigan Honor Awards Jury”