Graham Sustainability Institute

Co-Designing Resilience: Community-Directed Green Infrastructure Design

October 2019

In order to build a more sustainable and socially-just community, decisions regarding urban planning should engage diverse stakeholders. Working with the Eastside Community Network, a non-profit community development organization, a Dow Fellows student team co-designed a green infrastructure plan with community members along the Mack Avenue Business District. The team is utilizing, a three-dimensional urban design visualization software tool, to aid in designing community green space. The project focuses on empowering the community members through a series of workshops to learn how to use the visualization tool and co-design community space. They hope to use the software to provide a common language for collaborative designing and decision-making and hope the software can be expanded for use in other cases. 

Location: Detroit, MI
Project Advisor: Mark Lindquist
Project Team: Kidus Admassu, College of Engineering; Ayush Awadhiya, Ross School of Business; Gwen Gell, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; Saebom (April) Kwon, School of Information; Shannon Sylte, School for Environment and Sustainability