Detroit debuts brand new 20,000-square-foot pedestrian plaza

June 14, 2017 by  
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Detroit , Michigan is one of the most dangerous cities in the United States for pedestrians . But the city is taking one step to overcome that with the recent opening of a new plaza by the iconic Spirit of Detroit statue. The 20,000 square foot civic square offers space for live performances and art displays, and will host food trucks . The Spirit of Detroit Plaza takes over one block of Woodward Avenue between Jefferson Avenue and Larned Street in front of the statue, which has adorned the area since 1958. The space boasts tables and chairs, colorful paintings on the sidewalk, lights, and planters. It will go through a 90-day trial this summer to see how pedestrians and traffic respond to the newly-created area. Related: America’s first urban ‘agrihood’ feeds 2,000 households for free Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement, “Every world-class city has a central plaza where people can gather and celebrate its civic history, and in front of the Spirit of Detroit is the perfect place for all Detroiters to have the opportunity. We are committed to a Detroit that’s open and accessible to all and this new plaza has been envisioned to celebrate all of the diversities that come together to make us a great city.” Detroit said the new plaza offers “a more direct pedestrian link between Downtown and the Detroit Waterfront.” Vehicles will be redirected onto other nearby streets. The city also said the plaza’s presence could help slash the potential for crashes. The plaza helps simplify an intersection and that fact along with adjusted area traffic signals could even reduce delays on Jefferson Avenue. If the trial goes well, city agencies and the mayor aim to make the plaza permanent. City Planning Director Maurice Cox described the Spirit of Detroit Plaza as a “key piece in making a more vibrant, walkable, diverse downtown.” He appears to have high hopes for the plaza, saying in a statement, “By simplifying the downtown grid and consolidating traffic flow, we are creating a more inviting street and safer pedestrian crossings. And of course, if something changes or the design doesn’t work as well as we expect, we can adjust it or even restore its original design. We expect this will reset expectations for what is possible on neighborhood streets across the city.” Via Curbed Detroit and the City of Detroit Images via Janette Sadik-Khan on Twitter , City of Detroit , and City of Detroit on Twitter

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Verdant Detroit: Can ‘agrihoods’ revitalize urban centers?

February 28, 2017 by  
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A two-acre farm in Detroit’s North End neighborhood offers free food, green space, and hope to the community.

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Nissan seeks zero emissions and zero fatalities with snazzy new Vmotion 2.0

January 11, 2017 by  
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The automotive industry is on fire with several new concepts unveiled this week at the Detroit Auto Show . Joining Chevy, Volkswagen, and others with progressive new designs, Nissan unveiled the new Vmotion 2.0 concept, which is not only a preview of Nissan’s future design language, but also a look at the autonomous Intelligent Mobility technology the company is pioneering. The Nissan Vmotion 2.0 concept features Nissan Intelligent Driving, one of three core elements of Nissan Intelligent Mobility – Nissan’s roadmap to achieve zero emissions and zero fatalities. Nissan Intelligent Driving helps provide a safer driving experience through technology such as ProPILOT, which is envisioned to ultimately allow the vehicle to drive in autonomous mode – not just on the highway and in heavy traffic conditions, but also on urban roads with intersections. Related: The new Nissan Leaf will be able to drive autonomously on the highway The overall design of the Vmotion 2.0 concept is an evolution of the design that is currently used on many of Nissan’s models, like the Maxima. While it has been reworked with crisper lines, what we’re more interested in is how the design incorporates unique details that are connected to the autonomous self driving technology . For example, the lighting around the front Nissan emblem and rear diffuser glow to indicate when the vehicle is in the autonomous ProPILOT mode. We won’t have to wait too long for the ProPILOT system to be offered in a production vehicle, since an early form of the technology has already been confirmed for the next-generation Nissan Leaf . + Nissan All images @ Nissan

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Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theater gets a modern take with shipping containers

September 29, 2016 by  
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The structure is true to the original Globe Theater design, but instead of wood, it is enveloped in industrial mesh that filters daylight and allows the building to come alive at night. Project leader, architect Nicholas Leahy of Perkins Eastman, and structural engineer Michael Ludvik already collaborated on the London Globe project in the 1980s, before teaming up again to revamp Shakespeare’s famous Globe Theater. The New York branch of Arup worked on the environmental performance studies for the theater. Related: Gorgeous LEED Gold-designed Chicago theater recycles 98% of the former building materials While steel sheets are not the common material used for building performance spaces , the designers discovered that the corrugation of the shipping containers has a great effect on the acoustic performance of the material. The containers were modified, cut and stacked on top of each other. Related: MARC FORNES/THEVERYMANY’s ultralight informal amphitheater in France looks like an opening chrysalis Among the main influences for the design were Sex Pistols and King Lear, as Vail mentioned in a TEDx Talk. This combination of classical theater and pop culture is reflected in the design, which is expected to be built in Detroit. It will act as a venue for a variety of performances. It is intended to become mobile and travel across the country. + Perkins Eastman + mludvik consulting engineers + Arup Via Archdaily

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Detroit nonprofit seeks crowdfunding for new East Side community garden

August 11, 2016 by  
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Community gardens have been popping up all over Detroit in recent years, as local residents work cooperatively to reinvigorate their struggling city. A new project planned for the city’s east side will take the trend a step further. In a partnership between a local nonprofit, two state government agencies, and the community at large, a nearly abandoned plot will be transformed into a community herb and vegetable garden with an adjacent building for community events and classes. True to form, the project can’t take off without healthy community support, and a crowdfunding campaign is underway to raise half of the money needed to build the much-needed resource. Wolverine Human Services is the nonprofit organizing the project for the Jefferson-Mack neighborhood of east Detroit, near its addiction recovery facility Wolverine Center and the John S. Vitale Community Center. The East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market’s crowdfunding campaign , launched on Patronicity on July 25, aims to raise $50,000. If that goal is met, two state agencies (Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan State Housing Development Authority) will double the funds through their Public Spaces, Community Places grant match program for a total project budget of $100,000. In a neighborhood on the brink of blight, the project seeks to add a community garden and training facility where residents can tend crops, learn about sustainability and farming, and build strong relationships with their neighbors. Related: Detroit’s largest urban farm to grow 60 acres of fresh produce The garden will include a series of 4-foot by 8-foot raised beds, with paved pathways that meet ADA Accessibility regulations so that all Detroit residents will be welcome and able to participate in growing their own herbs and vegetables. The site will also be home to a mixed-use building, which will host farmers’ markets, retail events, a classroom, and act as storage for agricultural equipment. Wolverine promises the center will be a safe place for residents to work and learn, with abundant lighting and security. Crowdfunding will continue until September 22, 2016. At the time of this report, the campaign has raised more than half of its $50,000 goal. + Support Detroit’s East Side Community Garden and Farmers Market Via Crain’s Images via Wolverine Human Services

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Obama administration announces $4B initiative to support driverless car technology

January 14, 2016 by  
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This morning in Detroit, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the plan to develop a blueprint for driverless technology within the next six months. Many a car maker is racing to be the first to develop a fully autonomous vehicle , but nobody has any idea when such a car would even be allowed to hit the road without a human ready to take control at a moment’s notice. Given that, companies like Google , Tesla , Nissan, and more are likely to welcome the Obama administration’s new initiative to help support self-driving car technology . Read the rest of Obama administration announces $4B initiative to support driverless car technology

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Cypher CO2ling Plant converts cooling towers into vibrant green communities

January 14, 2016 by  
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NASA rolls out new asteroid detection program to defend Earth from destructive meteors

January 14, 2016 by  
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Meteors land on Earth frequently, but most break up as they enter our atmosphere and the resulting pieces are too small to do much damage. Once in a while, though, a larger meteor will make it closer to the planet’s surface before exploding. NASA is responding to the potential threats with a new endeavor, the Planetary Defense Coordination Office (PDCO). Its purpose is to determine the best way to track what the agency calls near-Earth objects (NEOs) – those are big asteroids and meteors to the rest of us. The PDCO will also work on figuring out how to stop meteors from hitting Earth – just like in the movies. Read the rest of NASA rolls out new asteroid detection program to defend Earth from destructive meteors

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Detroit’s largest urban farm to produce 60 acres of fresh produce

November 17, 2015 by  
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Urban farming is big in Detroit, and it’s about to get even bigger. Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced the addition of a $15 million, 60-acre urban farm where fruit and vegetables will be grown and sold to local restaurants. The mayor granted 40 acres of city-owned property to the project, joining other land already purchased, to become the future home of fields, greenhouses, and hydroponic systems. This will be the biggest urban farm in Detroit by a wide margin. Read the rest of Detroit’s largest urban farm to produce 60 acres of fresh produce

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Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

January 13, 2015 by  
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Mercedes-Benz has announced plans to launch ten plug-in hybrid models by 2017, and with that announcement, the automaker revealed its second PHEV: the C 350 Plug-in Hybrid. The C 350 Plug-in Hybrid follows the recent introduction of the S Class Plug-in Hybrid with sales expected to kick off this spring. With a fully-charged battery, this new vehicle can travel up to 19 miles in electric mode. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid debuts at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2015 Detroit Auto Show , detroit auto show , electric motor , green car , green transportation , Mercedes-Benz , Mercedes-Benz C 350 Plug-in Hybrid , Mercedes-Benz C-Class , phev , plug-in hybrid

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