Source: Public Engagement & Impact
There’s no shortage of new development projects in Detroit, but that activity hasn’t been spread evenly throughout the city. Kimberly Dowdell, a lecturer at U-M’s Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, is working to change that.
Her firm, Century Partners, redevelops single-family homes in Detroit with an eye toward stabilizing and revitalizing residential neighborhoods.
Dowdell, who is also president of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), says her firm focuses on single-family homes because that’s the majority of the building stock in Detroit. Dowdell decided to become an architect at a young age in an effort to repair Detroit’s disinvested building stock. Two of the homes she grew up in have since been demolished.
In the Michigan Minds podcast, Dowdell talks about what it will take to build momentum in Detroit’s neighborhoods and how she incorporates her real-world experience into her teaching.