Assuming that the infrastructure is an essential condition of the typical American city, as one of the former leading hubs shrinks to a pre-urban state, what is the future of the hundred miles of built roads, highways, ramps and parking lots? How can planning strategize on the de-growth of what used to be the American dream city?

The project aims at maintaining the main structure of the city of Detroit and rearrange unpredictable scenarios around it. The analysis uncovers hidden potentials in the existing infrastructure, able to host innovative uses through lean regeneration strategies, by re purposing the service spaces, the left-overs, the scraps that the engineering work necessarily
demands. The project’s ambition is to show the natural evolution of a system creating urbanity trough pure connection, a system which carefully avoids congestion but which gives an open support to unpredictable
spaces. If the actual demographic decline keeps going, the next Detroit will be a smaller, but not less broad, city, with a new relation with nature, no more opposed to its network but mingled with it. A Perimeter of Urbanity
will garrison a wild territory and the infrastructure will turn into the object of the city itself instead of a mere service.

Research-by-design, 2010.

In collaboration with Federico Luzzi and Roberta Pari.

MArch final thesis, University of Ferrara









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