This project will demonstrate b.h.d methods to create a platform in the Lindale Gardens neighborhood of Detroit, MI to foster collective deep-thinking, camaraderie, solidarity and hang time. The house will be a third-space that residents can use as an extension of their front porch and backyard to have conversations, cookouts, events and knowledge sharing to help shift the trajectory of the community residents to realize that they can/do shape the world around them.
Through using techniques and reactive design elements, the artistic expression of the space will spark opportunities for residents to unlearn subjects that inhibit their potential to continually develop into their best selves.
The porch will be over 200 feet long and will commemorate the houses that stood in its place to reestablish the residential streetscape.
The Skyscape Project will consider buildings as "landscape" and will transform a dilapidated commercial building into a roofless indoor-outdoor hybrid community space.
B.h.d and the Lindale Gardens Community Association have patterned with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) to design and construct a landscape and lighting installation in the Lindale Gardens neighborhood near State Fair Road and I-75. This project will also pilot an urban intervention that demonstrates the catalytic potential of redesigning the street as an important element of the public realm through the creative use of landscape and lighting. This unique community space can potentially be used for events such as urban camping, live performances, art demonstrations and more.
e have received grants from the Knight Foundation and Impact Detroit to support this project and we hope to raise more funds in order to complete the project by the summer of 2017.
How can you turn blight into beauty?
After the last occupants of this house moved away, the owner removed the doors and front windows on the first floor in preparation for demolition and to discourage squatters from moving inside of the house.
Within a few weeks time, vandals came and stripped the house of anything valuable. The aluminum siding was taken as well as the bricks on every side of the house but the front. After the house was vandalized it became more of an eyesore for the community and extremely unsafe.
The Lindale Gardens Community Art Project, or “Art House”, was the final project of the series of graffiti art installations in the area. After gaining the owners permission to paint the house, a student consensus meeting was held in the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture to discuss design ideas for the house. Ideally, the community, or surrounding neighbors, would have been asked to collaborate on design ideas. However, because of time constraints and the particulars of the circumstances, design collaboration with the neighbors did not occur. But they were informed that the house would be painted. With the help of more than 20 volunteers, the house took approximately 32 collective hours to complete. The entire budget of $1,000 was donated by a very generous community philanthropist!
The house was created to inspire Detroiters to rethink the way we see blight and be creative in the way we reclaim our visual real estate.
Art House Demolition Video - 15 secs
Love + Forgiveness
Mural description by artist Adrinne Pickket:
Since becoming a mother last year, my entire perspective on humanity seems to have shifted. I want to reach out more, givemore, be more than who I am. I grew up in the shadow of the pain and the crumbling infrastructure of Detroit. And I want to be a part of the movement to help heal it.
When my husband sent me this mural competition, I instantly saw it as an opportunity for me to help heal some wounds, to help people fall in love with their neighborhood again. I also saw it as a bridge between worlds and a connectedness of purpose. The vision that came to mind immediately was father and child, intertwined and connected to one another. And growing from them like wings is the heart of the city and the soul of the neighborhood.
Parenthood is a precious gift that gives purpose and meaning. And so much of what troubles people and communities stems from the brokenness of their family. I’d hope that this would give pause to any parent as a reminder of what’s important.
313 Bicycle Club Mural
Photos shown below are by Cecily Ward
Inspired by the Emotional Contagion Theory, smart materials and interactive-kinetic installation art, Thought/motion (T/m) was created as a communal canvas for expression inside the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. Hundreds of 1.5”X3.5” pieces of trace paper were left in a box next to the stair case, along with markers and clear tape.
Over the span of two months, a myriad of participants wrote comments on pieces of trace paper and loosely taped their comments to the staircase “cage”. The paper on the cage reacted to its environment by fluttering when people walked by or when a gust of wind came through the exterior door as someone entered or exited the school.
The installation intended to make people aware of the thoughts and emotions of those around them and more aware of their position and movement through the space.
This installation is inspired by Candy Chang's "Before I die" ural in New Orleans. The We Need... wall was created to inspire the residents of the community to think more altruistically and consider the needs of others as well as themselves as they pursue happiness. The meaning of the word “we” is subject to the participant’s state of view. In all instances it includes more than just themselves and reminds them of the sects they categorize themselves in. The overall goal of the wall is to remind the people who see it to think selflessly.
This quote from Father Gregory Boyle, of Homeboy Industries in California, serves as a reminder to Lindale Gardens residents, and passersby, of humanity’s interdependence. It was created with the help of neighborhood teenagers and volunteers during the 8th Annual Arise Detroit Neighborhoods Day in 2014.
Image courtesy of thehub.com
Bleeding Heart Design and Project Hope International partnered to launch the Lindale Gardens Community Storefront pilot project. From October, 2014 through July of 2015, this space was available to Lindale Gardens residents for hosting community events, meetings, fundraisers, etc.
One of the most inspiring on-going events held in the space was Women's Tea Time. Women and girls would get together every other week to have tea and discuss any topic on their hearts.
Reticulate was painted by a neighborhood artist, Brooke Ellis, it celebrates the idea of people and things joining together. Community stakeholders chose the quote.
“...A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” - Eccles 4:12 NIV
One year after the We Need wall was complete, the storefront was revisited and the Never Doubt mural was stenciled, by neighbors, on the adjacent side of the store to act as a call to action. This also served as a way for the community to re-claim the visual real estate in the neighborhood and use it for positive reinforcement.
Instead of advertising liquor, the wall now advertises a call to action. The hands were painted on the building as a subtle way to remind neighbors of “unity” and the need to come together. The series of hands start far apart and grow closer together until they grab hold of each other in a strong bond.