Entrepreneurial Commons:
The Neighborhood as an Economic Collective



Entrepreneurial Commons: The Neighborhood as an Economic Collective critiques institutionalized innovation in Detroit, Michigan by positioning architecture as the mediating force between collectivity, cooperation, and economic informality. Entrepreneurship and innovation are often linked to contemporary neoliberal tendencies of production efficiency and value creation, however, entrepreneurship is also deployable as a response to economic status quo.

Situated on Joy Road in the Barton-McFarland and Midwest Neighborhoods of Detroit, the Entrepreneurial Commons embraces the existing community network and mobility skills to establish an adaptive maker space focused on open source mobility. The flexibility of the architecture accommodates community needs through a tectonic assemblage that balances principles of discrete architecture with expansion made possible through mass-produced parts. Programmatically, the maker space includes spaces across scale and temporality to accommodate merchants, design, production, and gathering.
Faculty Advisor:
Jose Sanchez