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Learning from Detroit: Restoring Neighborhood Landscapes

The Oak Room, Fellowship House
February 14, 2019
06:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Fully Booked
Garden and Landscape Studies Public Lecture, Maurice Cox | Fully booked

Detroit has positioned itself at the forefront of redefining the future of the American city by transforming its famed geography of fallow land into a bold new archipelago of neighborhoods. This talk will feature the first pilot neighborhood typologies under implementation, each designed by a key national leader in landscape architecture. The strategies envision new ways to turn vacant lots into parks, greenways, and productive gardens and give new meaning to the terms restorative design, community assets, and citizen-driven planning.

Maurice Cox is the Planning Director for the City of Detroit; he is an urban designer, architectural educator, and the former mayor of Charlottesville, Virginia. He most recently served as Associate Dean for Community Engagement at the Tulane University School of Architecture and Director of the Tulane City Center, a university-affiliated practice operating at the intersection of design, urban research, and civic engagement throughout the New Orleans community. Cox has taught at Syracuse University, the University of Virginia, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. His experience merging architecture, politics, and design education led to his being named one of “20 Masters of Design” in 2004 by Fast Company. He served as Design Director of the National Endowment for the Arts from 2007 to 2010, where he led the NEA’s Your Town Rural Institute, the Governors’ Institute on Community Design, and the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and oversaw direct grants to the design community across the United States. In 2013, Cox was named one of the “Most Admired Design Educators in America” in the annual ranking of DesignIntelligence.

Fitzgerald Neighborhood Revitalization Plan, Detroit. Image courtesy Spackman Mossop Michaels.