Sustainable Urban Redevelopment in Detroit (2010)

Client Organization: 
Jefferson East Business Association
Project Location : 
Detroit, MI
Summary of Project Idea: 

The purpose of this project is to create a generalized framework to inform sustainable revitalization and redevelopment of hard-hit urban areas. The team began by reviewing emerging standards and certifications and identifying critical components of sustainable development. This was followed by a survey of recent urban revitalization efforts across the United States to identify and highlight cutting-edge solutions to the broad array of common development issues. Armed with the results, the team then synthesized this material into best management practices.  Working with the Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA), the group applied this framework to the Jefferson East neighborhood in Detroit and created a design and set of sustainable recommendations for community revitalization.


SEAS Program Areas: 
Environmental Policy and Planning
Behavior, Education, and Communication
Sustainable Systems
Landscape Architecture
SEAS Faculty Advisor: 
Tom Gladwin
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Elizabeth Durfee, MS Urban Planning/Sustainable Systems
  • Christopher Nordstrom, MLA
  • Sarah Foulkes, MS Sustainable Systems
  • Zach Robin, MBA/MS Sustainable Systems
  • Tyne Hopkins, MS Environmental Policy and Planning
  • Amanda Stone, MS Behavior, Education and Communication/Environmental Policy and Planning
Project Status: 
Past Project