JEFFERSON-CHALMERS: “GARDEN CROSSING”
Garden Crossing is a development project located in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood on the East side of Detroit. The site utilizes a number of vacant lots surrounding a community garden just south of Jefferson Ave, on Manistique St. This project set out to expand on the community gardening theme within the neighborhood and create a prototype for a development that could be repeated in various locations North and South of Jefferson.
After studying Urban patterns and social factors in the community, this project introduces a new edge condition, to enhance public circulation from street to street, that is unfamiliar to the neighborhood by creating a public walkway connecting Philip St. and Manistique St. This walkway is directly perpendicular to the Manistique garden. A Farmer’s market, Pavilion/Stage area, and Mixed-Use building all coalesce on the walkway to create an exciting public space that respects the garden. Townhomes offer single-family housing that fills in around the mixed-use building. Each aspect of the development maintains the architectural character of the neighborhood.
As Jefferson-Chalmers is known for flooding, this project also utilizes storm-water management infrastructure to aid in creating a sustainable project. Pervious paving, green roofs, bioswales, and rain collection barrels are all essential to aid in this issue.
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Maxwell Mohring is currently a 3 rd year Architecture student pursuing his Master’s Degree at Lawrence
Technological University. He is an enthusiastic student who takes great pride in his design and work. He
loves studio culture and is interested in Urban Design. He is eager to begin his career in the architecture
field so he can begin to make an impact on the world. A hard worker, Max is also a leader on the
baseball team at the university. He is from Bloomfield Hills, MI.