Rent out unused storefronts on a daily or weekly basis for pop-up art, impromptu food festivals, and music jam sessions.Modeled after ZipCar, ZipSpaces allows organizations with low capital to use space easily, making the area a haven for start ups.
So you've got a brilliant idea to activate that vacant lot down the street. If you want to bring your idea to fruition, you now have to contain what in many cases is a Pandora's Box of zoning codes, policies, and regulations that stand in your way.
Detroit's ~100K vacant lots are a reinvention opportunity. Could some be salvaged for community centers; others cleared for urban farming; & old building materials reused for furniture? Could "Reclaimed in Detroit" become a mark of Motor City pride?
Engineering and design students are invaluable creative resources. Giving students opportunities to solve practical problems is mutually beneficial-students enjoy seeing their work put into application and communities appreciate the solutions.
Dialogue Booster is a project with 15 local people That will come and play for change in their community. The team leaders will guide them thru the different phases of this 4D project where they dig deeper into the city's core and people!
The purpose of this concept is to build a collaborative network of stakeholders and a platform for collective action in order to to enable change agents in Detroit to become more effective at revitalizing their city.
Using abandoned space, host a regular weekend Barter Market. No currency is allowed, only creativity. Trade your unused stuff with neighbors, trade acts of service (e.g. paint a fence, guitar lessons), trade stories, trade your own artwork, etc.
While a city’s visual landscape may indicate economic decline, vibrancy and life can be found in the stories beneath the surface. My concept is to dig out these stories and share them with locals and visitors alike in a monthly Treasure Hunt.
Walking cities are vibrant cities. And, to many of us, the reverse rings true also - having to get in your car or even motorcycle disconnects you from your fellow citizens. We crave human-to-human interaction - it's how we're wired - so let's make a concerted effort to keep us on our feet by maintaining and re-building pedestrian friendly cities.
So many products and services are not made here so buying locally helps you connect with others invested in supporting local economies. This is not only beneficial to communities, but is personally rewarding and a rapidly growing lifestyle choice.
The problem : privately owned empty unused spaces that deteriorate when owners & investors just leave it. I suggest online tool that enables volunteers to report & then apply for permission to use the lot for temporary activities
ShareFair increases people’s access to products by facilitating (peer2peer) renting, swopping and sharing. Everybody can start offering their products, vacuum cleaners, drills, land mowers, cars, everything, on- and offline to neighborhood peers.