Community on Wheels



Detroit is known for its vacant land and some of these lands are illegally occupied by people from the neighbourhood.  The self-occupied lands provide the opportunity to systematically organize them. I am proposing a solution with mobility and redefine the ownership of vacant land. By putting the buildings on wheels, the occupation is no longer permanent, these buildings could move to other vacant lands when the current place is redefined by the city for other purposes. This strategy works as a transition between the current vacancy and further planning for Detroit city.

Housing units and community infrastructure units are basic elements in this system. Every unit in this system is small enough to be towed by a vehicle. These units also can be combined to form a cluster. As the cluster grows larger and is attached with necessary infrastructures, the community is finally built. These units can serve not only themselves but also surrounding communities by bringing in various infrastructure units.

Detroit as a dynamic city with many possibilities could benefit from this flexible solution and adapt to upcoming city changes with a timely response on the community level.
Faculty Advisor:
Jose Sanchez