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Design Research


To research the topic of land use in Detroit and develop a simple, scalable, non permanent use for the land that benefits the city at large.


A simple pavilion pop up design that can be transported to various areas of the city. By combining landscape design and a simple pavilion structure, select lots of land owned by the city can be transformed into seasonal gathering places for the surrounding neighborhoods.

Research into land use in Detroit proved to have many exciting possibilities. Detroit has a unique amount of vacant land, and rather than approach this topic with ideas for development, we proposed to consider investing landscape as well as relationships. The goal was to build something that could temporarily activate the lot until there was a definitive plan of action. What remains when the pavilion is removed is only the landscaping, an investment that continues to give value long after the lot has been developed.