In panel discussions and tours structured around the themes of land use and density, the arts, and neighborhoods, attendees got an insider’s view of some of Detroit’s most significant projects and heard from people reinventing Detroit. Photographer Peter Vanderwarker recorded his experience of the trip in photos.
The role of the arts, the conundrum of land surplus, and the vitality of neighborhoods were the focus of close interrogation in October by Loebs participating in the 2018 Fall Study Tour to Detroit, dubbed Detroit: the Remix.
The Loeb Fellowship was last in Detroit for the Legacy Cities Bruner Loeb Forum in 2013, and much has changed in 5 years. The city has a formidable brain trust in its planning department– Maurice Cox, with Kimberly Driggins and Steve Lewis. Dan Pitera runs the Detroit Collaborative Design Center, and Marc Norman teaches in the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. Earlier, Loebs were involved in developing the Detroit Future City blueprint to respond to the bankruptcy crisis of 2013 and restore and sustain the city’s health. It’s a city that inspires fierce loyalties.