About this Project

This interactive web project is about the conversations between Detroiters and the projects they've undertaken to revitalize their city. Visitors can learn how mapmaking informs creative placemaking practices in Detroit organizations by viewing a collection of maps, photographs, graphic art, interviews and case studies.

I'm thanksful to the organizations and residents who have participated in this project: D-Hive and Little Things Lab, Midtown Detroit Inc. and the North Cass Community Garden, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and the Livernois Community Storefront. Additional interviews were conducted with Revolve Detroit (Detroit Economic Growth Corporation), the Department of Recreation (City of Detroit), Just Speak, Detroit Soup, Hudson Webber Foundation, along with numerous Detroit residents. For these participants mapmaking and media making are important methods for the visualizing neighborhood improvements.

Throughout this project I have facilitated a series of community mapping workshops with the Detroit Art Adventurers, which has helped me to actively participate in the community while gaining insights about how residents envision their city. Through the practice of envisioning revitalization in my mapmaking workshops we were able to look at what interventions are currently being used in creative placemaking and what residents desire to see in Detroit in the coming years.

Get in Touch
I am looking forward to your thoughts! Please email me at scherlinglaura@gmail.com to get in touch. I'm a NYC-based designer who enjoys working on sustainability-themed and nonprofit organization projects. I appreciate your participation and I hope you will enjoy browsing through this site.

All the content on this site is original. Copyright Laura Scherling & GreenspaceNYC dot org. Photography by Laura Scherling, Laurence Wilse Samson, Jeff Kasper, and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Data Analysis by Bhoomin Pandya and Laurence Wilse-Samson. For a full list of acknowledgements please visit the Credits page.