This project intends to honor the memory of C. David Campbell, former CEO of the McGregor Fund, Board Member of the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, and friend and enthusiast of the Detroit Riverfront and the Dequindre Cut.
The project, which is to occupy a space on the Dequindre Cut near the
Lafayette Street entrance, would capture the potential of the Cut via a unique and engaging public space. Siting and orientation of the project should consider both existing and new access, entry, connection, visibility, and view –both to and from the project.
The project is intended to capture the idea of the “front porch.” As such, it is to act as both an entry point and an extension of the primary space, and is to be a place that can be both intimate and public – as well-suited for large gatherings as it is for individual repose.
The project is to consider the many ways that people of all ages, abilities,
and interests use the Dequindre Cut year-round. This requires creating a
flexible space which will engage a variety of users and uses – both intended and unintended – to encourage moments of rest and reflection as well as interaction and play.
Creative selection and implementation of materials, plants, fixtures, and other components should take into account functionality and durability, as well as environmental impact. Finally, this project should strive for authenticity – reflecting the best assets of the Dequindre Cut and the Riverfront development, and supporting the goals of the DRFC via their mission to transform Detroit’s public spaces into inviting,
iconic gathering places for all.