In collaboration with professors from the University of Michigan’s School of Environment and Sustainability, ECN hosted a series of workshops with a focus group of Chandler Park residents to utilize a 3D design tool that is under development. Over the course of these meetings, residents provided feedback to the SEAS professors to improve the design tool and make it more user-friendly. By the end of these workshops, residents had the opportunity to engage with the 3D design tool to actually create designs for open spaces in their neighborhood. They were able to incorporate benches, trees, lampposts, rain gardens, and many other elements to imagine how they wanted the vacant spaces in their area to be transformed. One of the designs produced by the focus group will be implemented by the end of Fall 2018 with funding from the Institute for Sustainable Communities.
Eastside Community Network (ECN) also seeks to incorporate attractive green infrastructure and green space into the landscape of Mack Ave. The goal is to provide usable places for residents and visitors, reduce drainage fees of local businesses where possible, and increase the beauty of the corridor even for those simply passing through.
We have begun a site selection process in conjunction with InSite Design and a group of Dow Sustainability Fellows from the University of Michigan to identify where there is potential for green infrastructure along Mack. To plan for selected sites, are residents and businesses will utilize the 3D modeling tool created by the School of Environment and Sustainability professors to engage in the design process. The site selection process will take place in May and June, and the community engaged design process will follow once the sites are chosen.