Making Place

Making Place in West Village

The historic Business District in West Village of Detroit, Michigan is transforming into a small scale destination for area homeowners and other Detroiters. In order to maintain the momentum, and become a more sustainable community, the American Institute of Architects – Urban Priorities Committee (AIA-UPC) is launching a yearlong project to investigate and propose place-making elements in an area roughly at the corner of Van Dyke and Agnes streets. The area is a mix of commercial, residential and open space, with high-rise and low-rise buildings. Along with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation providing a National Endowment of the Arts grant, we will be engaging artists and urbanists to work with the community in order to create the sense of place that is West Village.

Villages Catalyst Project

Jefferson East, Inc. (JEI) is spearheading an effort with the Villages and the University of Detroit Mercy Detroit Collaborative Design Center to determine what can happen with the commercial buildings along Jefferson Avenue. Working with the block between Seminole and Iroquois Streets, and specifically the Collective, we will be engaging the building and business owners to work through business plans and catalyst event projects as an example of what can be proposed for the re-use of the buildings and create sustainable small businesses.