Congratulations to our 11 Winning Concepts and to our entire community for your efforts creating, collaborating, building and refining throughout the challenge!
Read more about our final concepts – and remember: the challenge may have ended, but the conversation continues.
While everyday consumers use Facebook or Yelp to rate and review businesses and products... rivalry! is a business network used to challenge competitors, and employees, while energizing a city to fight for better ratings and being the best.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?