ReFashion Livernois (2015)

Client Organization: 
Dickinson by Design
Project Location : 
19350 Livernois Ave, Detroit, MI 48221
Summary of Project Idea: 

Urban revitalization has traditionally taken the shape of outside developers dictating the form and usage of spaces.  In contrast, this project looks to create a mixed use development (including retail, restaurant and residential spaces) which is not only profitable but fulfills the needs of the surrounding community.  The developers want the courtyard of their mixed use space to not only serve business patrons, but also to be an inviting gathering space for the neighborhood. 

The goal of this project was to create an outdoor space that contributes to the ongoing commercial revitalization efforts along Livernois Avenue, and also fulfills the needs of the surrounding community.  By helping to create a destination public/private space at the former Hunter's Supper Club, our project engaged in neighborhood placemaking. Using feedback from the community on their preferences for this space, we created a multi-use neighborhood amenity. Using this site as a hub of the neighborhood allowed us to showcase unique sustainable methods in the design with the goal of these features being adapted as standard building features. In particular, the design showcases green stormwater management practices. This redesigned site can serve as a solid anchor location within the avenue. It will provide a variety of programming and uses, which is essential in attracting people and driving foot traffic to local businesses. This increased interest along the corridor will provide not only social and environmental but also economic vitality to the area.  

SNRE Program Areas: 
Landscape Architecture
SNRE Faculty Advisor: 
MaryCarol Hunter
Contact information: 
SNRE alum
U-M faculty member
Master Students Involved in Project: 
  • Angela Cesere, MLA Landscape Architecture
  • Lauren Yelen, MLA Landscape Architecture 
  • Peter Widin, MLA Landscape Architecture
  • Nolan Sandberg, MLA Landscape Architecture 
Project Status: 
Past Project