Bottom-Up Social Change: Materials | Buildings | Community

Avis + Elsmere: A Collaborative Community Design Precedent

Intersections Proceedings

Author(s): Ceara O'Leary & Tadd Heidgerken

Vibrant neighborhood spaces pave the way for more resilient and inclusive communities. This paper showcases a neighborhood space resulting from a collaborative, community-led design process that honors local knowledge and responds to contextual challenges. Avis + Elsmere, a project in Detroit, offers a model for collaborative practice as the product of a robust relationship between the client-collaborator – grassroots organization Inside Southwest Detroit – a diverse stakeholder group of neighbors and artists, the DetroitCollaborative Design Center (DCDC) at the University of DetroitMercy (UDM), and the architecture office Et al. Collaborative.

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