Buckminster Fuller Challenge Semi Finalist!

I have great news to report regarding my involvement in a special project.   Every year the Buckminster Fuller Institute runs a unique design challenge.  Working with Ken Weikal and Growtown we entered the challenge with what we think are some great ideas.

The competition is best described by the Institute their own words:

Each year a distinguished jury awards a $100,000 prize to support the development and implementation of a strategy that has significant potential to solve humanity’s most pressing problems.

As part of the Growtown team we have been selected as semi-finalist from the 215 entries made last year.   Our proposal developed from a concern for the serious issues facing Detroit’s urban fabric.  As planners and Landscape Architects we have been putting together some ideas for Detroit to survive and move forward while dealing with continued population loss and lack of healthy food sources for the struggling residents.  While many ideas and efforts are underway for urban farming and reorganizing the city, Growtown uses design and planning principles to leverage grassroots community driven initiatives for strengthening neighborhoods as one way forward.  I will keep you posted as the final selection of the challenge winners draws near.


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