The HKS Design Fellowship is an annual three-day charette where students, emerging professionals, and representatives from various community and educational organizations work together to solve challenges and positively affect communities through architectural and urban design.
The 2017 Design Fellowship is partnering with Cass Community Social Services, a Detroit-based nonprofit that provides careers, housing, healthcare, and food to community members in need. CCSS has a widespread presence across the city of Detroit and is deeply connected with many religious groups, hospital systems, city planning organizations, and volunteer networks who have helped the organization to succeed and receive nationwide recognition for its projects year after year.
Participants in the 2017 Design Fellowship will be challenged to architecturally and programmatically redevelop CCSS’s Midtown location – currently a surface parking lot and an adjacent one-story training facility for the organization’s developmentally disabled clients – into a short- and extended-stay micro hotel that serves families who are traveling from out of town to visit their loved ones at one of the nearby medical centers. Fellows will be asked to consider the reallocation of the site’s existing program, opportunities for further connection with the rapidly evolving Cass Corridor, and possibilities for additional retail and community components in their designs.
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