Photo: Design Trust for Public Space
When we organized the Mind the Gap competition for the inaugural Detroit Design Festival in October, we thought it might be a good way to start a conversation about public space and urban design. We were inspired by efforts in other cities to engage the public in finding creative solutions for underutilized spaces (from the Institute for Urban Design in New York to the Civic Center in New Orleans). We were also excited to see so many great emerging projects here in Detroit, too (the Green Alley, TAP Gallery, Ride It Sculpture Park, Lincoln Street Sculpture Garden, Tashmoo Biergarten, just to name a few).
Click here for our article in Model D about some of the great submissions we received -- some real, some imagined, all very creative & cool. If you missed the exhibit, you can check out twenty-one of the top proposals to the left.
While we plan next steps for Mind the Gap, we'll continue posting inspiration & ideas on our Facebook page. If you're interested in improving the design of Detroit's public realm, we hope you'll join us by sharing examples of projects & places that inspire you! Doesn't matter if they're across the world or in your own backyard, we want to see your favorite ideas for in-fill and adaptive reuse throughout the city. Thanks & stay tuned! -Claire