COMMUNTY ENGAGEMENT EVENTS
The City:One Michigan Central Station Challenge puts residents at the center of Ford Motor Company's headquarters relocation to Detroit and dives deep to understand the barriers that keep the community surrounding Michigan Central Station and the area’s residents from reaching their aspirations today.
400 FORWARD has partnered with Ford Mobility to lead community engagement efforts around each phase of the challenge. Through the Challenge, residents, workers, and visitors in the community surrounding Michigan Central Station will work with the private and public sectors to identify unmet mobility needs, collaborate on developing solutions that address those needs, and help select one or more pilot projects to share up to $250,000 in funding to launch their proposals.
DETROIT LAND BANK
The 400 FORWARD students worked in collaboration with Detroit Land Bank’s “Rehabbed and Ready” team on revitalizing affordable residences in the Fitzgerald neighborhood.
This partnership with the Detroit Land Bank introduced girls to architecture, construction, landscape design, and urban planning, while taking part in the city’s vision for the Fitzgerald neighborhood to tackle its 373 parcels (every publicly owned abandoned piece of property is within a quarter-square mile).
In an ongoing effort until its completion projected in December 2020, the students will spend mornings visiting R&R homes with deconstructed interior spaces, and spend the afternoons space planning for those homes with the help of Detroit-based women architects and designers at different points in their careers.