An international design competition called Reanimate the Ruins challenged competitors to "rethink and reshape" Detroit's crumbling Packard Plant. The question, basically, was to come up with creative ways to make the Packard a thriving and beneficial part of Detroit. The winner: Nadau Lavergne Architects of Paris.
The idea of an autonomous community surrounded by urban farms is pretty out there, but many of the plan's basic elements--selective demolition to break up the huge property, creating indoor parking areas, etc--are certainly worth looking at. On that note, take a look at the Packard Belt, the design that came in second place. It embraces Detroit's reliance on the automobile by creating a mini-city connected by a raised road. See more on Javier Galindo's design at the link below.
· Competition Results [Official]
· Nadau Lavergne Architects Revitalize Detroit's Packard Plant [ArchDaily]