Current Project phase:

  • 1 1: Initiate Phase
  • 2 2: Nominate Phase
  • 3 3: Improve Phase
  • 4 4: Triumph Phase
  • 5 5: Accelerate Phase
  • 6 6: Make it Happen Phase
Track: Student
Topics: Energy, Housing
Location: Detroit, Míchigan, Estados Unidos



An alternative way for managing and designing the city of the future.

Long Description

“Cities” play a vital role in the development of societies. We must carefully understand how they are and how they work in order to achieve an urban transformation that will build the city of our future, seeking an urban scenario in harmony with the enviroment and global conditions.

For the past two hundred years, city planning has been almost exclusively focused on the process of growth. On the other hand, urban decline is a phenomenon that has historically been avoided and treated as a taboo. “Shrink” or “decrease” is a term that has always been related with something negative.


What if we look at this urban phenomenon as an opportunity to improve instead of looking at it as a failure?

What if these cities where the ideal place to experiment new models of sustainable planning?

What if the citizens on these metropolis became a model society because of their awareness of their natural environment and resources available?

Searching for Sugar Land (SFSL) is the result of an extensive and complex research whose goal is to look for alternatives to understand and intervene in the reality of Detroit, a city that has been shrinking since the 1950s.

The main purpose of this project is to refocus Detroit’s future by reconnecting the urban fabric and boosting the city’s own identity through the interaction with its citizens applying a sustainable and participatory urban model subjected to a flexible, transversal and dynamic planning.

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