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Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021 by Sarah Zingraff

Summary

Over the last two decades, public space renewal in downtown Detroit has undergone phases of experiments in response to emerging phenomena that put pressure on existing governance models. The introduction of business improvement districts (BIDs) has been key in creating an armature for diversifying the principle urban actors and financing sources involved in public space renewal and creation. Through presentations and lightning talks the symposium will share knowledge and discuss best practices and innovative ideas for central public space governance, programming, and design within business improvement districts/zones/areas.

Announcement

Argument

Over the last two decades, public space renewal in downtown Detroit has undergone phases of experiments in response to emerging phenomena that put pressure on existing governance models. This includes most notably “metropolitanization”, referring to increasing geographical scales of interdependence in conjunction with the stalemate coming from partisan bickering and shrinking subsidies that negatively impact the provision of public services at local levels. New public space governance models based on partnerships have emerged in Detroit and elsewhere in the U.S. in response to the need to reimagine urban identities, which are critical in ensuring global competitiveness. The introduction of business improvement districts (BIDs) has been key in creating an armature for diversifying the principle urban actors and financing sources involved in public space renewal and creation. BIDs are therefore an interesting case study for investigating the potentials and limits of governance model shifts in the renewal of downtown public spaces.

This call for proposals is soliciting contributions from public space researchers, professionals and designers to participate in a one-day symposium that will take place in Detroit, Michigan on March 25, 2022.

Through presentations and lightning talks the symposium will share knowledge and discuss best practices and innovative ideas for central public space governance, programming, and design within business improvement districts/zones/areas. Additionally, the symposium will help identify the historic influences which have shaped the current trend of public-private public realm development in the U.S.

Topic proposals

The gathering will create a space for exploring :

  • How have new governance models of public space shifted the development process and shaped the design and programming of public space ?
  • How are public space development decisions made regarding programming and design ?
  • What are best practices cities and organizations should adopt to ensure the continued fair and just availability of public space to all ?

Schedule

  • Call for proposals opens : August 30, 2021
  • Deadline for proposals : October 8, 2021

  • Announcement of decisions : November 15, 2021
  • Submission of presentations : March 18, 2022
  • Symposium : March 25, 2022

Symposium Sponsors

  • University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Community Development
  • École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Normandie

Steering Committee

For further questions, please contact the Steering Committee at reinventingpublicspace@gmail.com.

  • Tadd Heidgerken, R.A., Associate Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Community Development
  • Tricia Meehan, Ph.D., Associate Professor, École nationale supérieure d’architecture de Normandie
  • Virginia Stanard, Associate Professor, University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture and Community Development

Peer Review Committee

  • Jay Cephas, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of the History and Theory of Architecture, Princeton University School of Architecture
  • Conrad Kickert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Buffalo
  • Barbara Knecht, R.A., Principal, Strategies for Cities
  • Kenneth Krokoko, PLA, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture, University of Arizona
  • Jerry Mitchell, Ph.D., Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, The City University of New York

Places

  • School of Architecture and Community of Development - 4001 W McNichols Rd
    Detroit, America (48221)

Event format

Full on-site event


Date(s)

  • Friday, October 08, 2021

Attached files

Keywords

  • public realm, business improvement districts, public private partnerships, governance, liveability, urban branding

Contact(s)

  • Tricia Meehan
    courriel : reinventingpublicspace [at] gmail [dot] com

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Tricia Meehan
    courriel : reinventingpublicspace [at] gmail [dot] com

To cite this announcement

« Reinventing Public Space in Business Improvement Districts », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Tuesday, September 21, 2021, https://calenda.org/910683

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