Corridor Performance: Measuring the Impacts and Benefits of Design on Urban Retail Corridors (2014)

Client Organization: 
Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA)
Client is confirmed: 
Project Location : 
Detroit, MI
Summary of Project Idea: 

This project combined analysis of grassroots neighborhood stabilization plans, sewer infrastructure, and GIS-based hydrologic modeling to inform the planning and design of site-based green infrastructure best management practices (BMPs) for urban stormwater management in Detroit's Lower Eastside.  This also facilitated an assessment of the collective community benefits and limitations of site-based green infrastructure to mitigate flooding frequently reported in the Lower Eastside's Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood.  Planning and design concepts for a green infrastructure network are presented at multiple scales for this area.

Skills/Expertise Needed: 
  1. Knowledge of Landscape Architecture design detailing and systems
  2. Knowledge of Land Planning
  3. Knowledge of sustainable approaches to planning and design
  4. Development and testing of scientific methodologies
  5. Excel
  6. Analytical Skills
  7. Proficiency with graphic design programs such as InDesign (for depiction of findings in final report)
  8. Strong collaboration and organizational skills
  9. Entrepreneurial and risk-taking approach
  10. Quantitative skills
  11. Writing skills (for final report)
SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Informatics
Sustainable Systems
Landscape Architecture
Professional Career Development Benefits: 
  1. Analytical skills
  2. Development of relevant and valuable methodologies for performance measurement that will benefit the profession of landscape architecture
  3. Comprehensive approaches to sustainable development in areas of Environment, Community, Economics and Art
  4. Graphic depiction of quantitative information (DW will provide a workshop and design review to aid the students in capturing their research in a professional, graphically sophisticated report).
  5. Scientific method
  6. Development of project narrative
  7. Use of measurement tools, including infrared thermometer, speed gun, light meter, sound meter
  8. Final report - experience of compiling, summarizing, depicting research, writing
  9. Opportunity to submit to present at CELA
  10. Minimum (1) one visit to Ann Arbor by Kurt Culbertson to advise the student team
  11. Monthly Skype calls with the research team 
Funding Sources: 

Design Workshop is not able to provide funding at this time. 

Identify expected products/deliverables: 

Planning and design concepts for a green infrastructure network in Detroit's Lower Eastside. 

Contact full name: 
Kurt Culbertson
Job title: 
Chairman of the Board, Principal
State or Country: 
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Joan Nassauer
Contact Phone: 
Advisor Confirmed: 
Contact information: 
U-M faculty member
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Jing Bu, MLA
  • Michael Kaminski, MLA
  • Ruiyang Li, MS Environmental Informatics
  • Pojing Liu, MLA
  • Yi Zhen, MS Sustainable Systems
Project Status: 
Past Project