Sustainable Urban Design in Shrinking Cities:
Detroit and the Heidelberg Cultural Village
In collaboration with the Heidelberg Project, Beth Diamond is working with a team of six graduate students in landscape architecture and architecture on a project that uses art as a catalyst for community transformation in Detroit’s hollowed-out urban core. The goal of this partnership is to develop a preliminary site proposal that will serve as a flexible physical framework for the reconstruction of the neighborhood. By enhancing ecological and social sustainability, giving voice to personal and cultural expression, and supporting local economic networks, the project aims to bring a renewed sense of health and hope back to an impoverished community.
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
School of Natural Resources & Environment