Parks & Greenspace Features
UIX invites urban innovators to exchange ideas in Detroit
Matthew Lewis & Claire Nelson
Sunday, August 10, 2014
Cities are reinventing themselves in creative new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join us Sept. 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation and trade ideas for the future.
Permaculture: Green economy takes root in Highland Park
Friday, October 25, 2013
An approach to designing a self-maintaining garden modeled after natural ecosystems, Permaculture maximizes the distribution of rainwater by aligning it with exposure to sun and wind. Dennis Archambault went digging for this story.
The Art of Neighborhood Innovation recapped
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Artists skilled at community and business development were our panelists at this standing room only event at one of MOCAD's largest galleries. Just for you, Cass Corridor Films and Walter Wasacz were there to report it all.
Crossing Paths with Kyle Bartell
Noah Stephens, The People of Detroit
Friday, June 08, 2012
Photographer Noah Stephens goes out in search of innovation and crosses paths (more than once) with a young Detroiter on a mission to transform unused parcels into parks. Meet
, who has a vision to create more public gathering spaces in places where trails are already being blazed. (Photo essay from
The People of Detroit
Call for Ideas: Innovative ways to fund small-scale community projects?
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Detroit has very active foundations and corporations that invest millions of dollars in our community. Usually these funds are directed toward larger, established civic institutions and non-profit organizations with a demonstrated record of impact and success. But what if you have a new, untested idea to address a neighborhood need? How can we create more funding opportunities for smaller-scale but potentially transformative community projects?
Parks & Greenspace Videos
VIDEO: Matthew Naimi, Recycle Here!
Friday, March 14, 2014
! was formed in 2005 to address the need for recycling options in the City of Detroit. What began as a grassroots neighborhood recycling event has evolved into a city-wide, fully-funded, neighborhood recycling program. As founder Matthew Naimi says here in the video, "It's one of the most Detroit things you're ever gonna see." Video by
VIDEO: Rebecca Willis
Friday, November 22, 2013
"A bleeding heart gives way to the consciousness that people are all interconnected and dependent upon one another in some way." This sentence is highlighted on the website for
Bleeding Heart Design
, founded by Rebecca Willis, and it captures the essence of Bleeding Heart's goal: to reimagine community spaces with art, design, and a sense of altruism and interconnectedness. Video by
VIDEO: Tom Nardone
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Tom Nardone, founder of the
Detroit Mower Gang
, doesn't really see himself as an innovator. He's just a guy who saw a need and a way to address it. While his "gang" has attracted the attention of visiting celebrities like Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern, what gives him the most satisfaction is seeing kids playing on a swingset he just mowed around.
VIDEO: Khalil Ligon
Friday, May 10, 2013
Khalil Ligon is the project manager of the
Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP)
, a grassroots community organization that seeks to address land use issues and development planning on Detroit's lower-east side. Video by
VIDEO: Erik Howard
Monday, April 01, 2013
is the co-founder of
, a non-profit organization that promotes holistic development of youth in urban settings through building relationships, community education, and passion-driven projects. See him and several other UIX innovators on Friday, April 12 starting at 5:30 p.m. at MoCAD as
UIX celebrates our one-year anniversary with a special UIX+ArtXDetroit discussion on placemaking
Detroit Creative Corridor Center
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