A new green nerve center in downtown Detroit
2016 — 2022
Bedrock Management Service LLC
Lead landscape architect
Partners & Collaborators
Schmidt Hammer Lassen, BuroHappold
SLA’s landscape design for Monroe Blocks adds nature, human scale and new urban spaces to the major mixed-used development that transforms the historic heart of Detroit.
Monroe Blocks combines high-rise with low-rise residential units, green roof top terraces, pedestrian walkways and plazas. The series of new urban spaces designed by SLA reestablish the historic alleyways and bind together the city center while closely connecting the public realm both indoors and outdoors. A new, native vegetation emphasizes each of the urban spaces’ unique identity and character while adding human scale, social values and a local identity.
The result: A greener, cleaner and more pleasant urban environment for a vibrant contemporary city life.