Research Report: Value Densification Community Mapping Project

Hoback, Alan S.

American Institute of Architects, 2008/01


The Value Densification Community pilot project (VDCpp) is a continuation of the primary author’s peer-reviewed research. “Value Densification” is our recommended approach for future urban form and investment in Detroit, focusing on the few neighborhoods where inhabitation, infrastructure, cultural, and employment assets are in evidence. The VDCpp engages Southwest Detroit, with the support of the community, as the first and most promising of these neighborhoods, creates a digital model that vividly reveals its assets and density, empowers the community at a critical moment to direct its future, prompts a civic dialogue, expands existing partnerships, and creates rich pedagogic opportunities for the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Masters of Community Development (MCD) Program.

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