The Betline Detroit
Key urban design concepts for a post industrial rail corridor in Detroit
Edited by: Lars Gräbner

Once an integral part part of the network of industrial railroads, the 'life-line' of Detroit's economy, the Beltline is a historically evolved industrial corridor. Over time, the three-mile-long and three-block-wide stretch has changed in character to a vivid, highly diverse territory.

Nine students of Master of Urban Design Program at the University of Michigan's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning took on the challenge to explore, investigate and develop proposals for the Beltline, while speculating on the agency of design within this highly defined context.

Contributors: Kit Krankel McCullough, Nishant Mittal, Manasvi Bachhav, Travis Crabtree, Luneoufall Vital Gallego, Mengyu Jiang, Jonathan Hanna, Shao-Chen Lu, Zhe Zhang and Melia West

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Mapping Detroit - Land, Community, and Shaping a City
Edited by: June Manning Thomas and Henco Bekkering

One of Detroit's most defining modern characteristics- and most pressing dilemmas-is its huge amount of neglected and vacant land. Mapping Detroit: Land, Community, and Shaping a City, illustrates how Detroit moved from frontier fort to thriving industrial metropolis to today's high-vacancy city.

Lars Gräbner's contributing chapter, Mapping the Urban Landscape - Revealing the Archipelgo, focuses on conditions and relationships in order to determine the potential for a coherent- but, at the same time, highly malleable and adaptable- space based on ecological principles.

Contributors: Maria Arquero de Alarcon, Henco Bekkering, Margaret Dewar, Brian Leigh Dunnigan, Robert Fishman, Lars Gräbner, Joe Grengs, Toni L.Griffin, Larissa Larsen, Robert Linn, Yanjia Liu, June Manning Thomas.

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