As I travel the world (Switzerland, Detroit, Brazil, South Africa and Vietnam) over the course of six months, I'll be posting photographs and brief vignettes about urbanism, design, innovation and the environment.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Detroit, Mi: (Truly) Urban Design
Harmonie (sic) Park was recently completely redesigned and rebuilt in the center of Detroit's growing arts and entertainment district, with a uniquely modern and context-appropriate element: sound. The park has people eating, playing cards, chatting etc in it throughout the day, and frequently people playing music and reading poetry. What makes this little urban plaza really interesting is that it is wired with a nice PA system with 15 speakers stashed in the plants around the park (see detail, below), that when not in use by local musicians, is playing jazz - surprisingly unique and very appropriate amenity for an urban park at the center of an entertainment district!