Welcome to AIA Detroit: by Design

First, let us welcome you to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Detroit Chapter Urban Priority Committee’s (UPC) weblog for the 2011 Detroit: by Design symposium.

Please join our forum and begin the conversation.

The goal of The UPC of the American Institute of Architects Detroit chapter is to bring awareness to the design community and to promote its involvement in the planning and design of our city and region.  We have a role in the design of our communities.  We offer our participation and expertise in assisting our city in the historic process of re-shaping the City to achieve a sustainable community design. The proposed 2011 event is to help achieve this common goal, which we hope would assist the City in its historic efforts.

Second, we would like to invite students, faculty, and professionals to submit design projects focusing on three themes – transportation, urban centers and urban agriculture – to address Detroit’s shrinkage and in re-organizing the City. We invite design or planning proposals that draw attention to the four month long symposia planned in Spring 2011; promote the importance of design when planning transportation, urban centers and urban agriculture in a leaner and greener Detroit; educate the design profession and the public about the importance of civic engagement in re-shaping Detroit; and raise awareness of issues that matter to a broad range of stakeholders who may be affected by the City’s new strategic framework planning.

Registration Deadline: February 14, 2011

If you are interested in submitting your proposal, please download the registration form (click here), fill it out and send the completed form to  UPC@aiadetroit.com.

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