Saprophytic Architecture: cleaning up Detroit’s Central Station

Sarah Denis

The project brief was to design a nature-inspired environment that would revitalize one of Detroit’s many vacant spaces. This project works in and around Detroit’s abandoned Central Station, a very important building for the city’s history but neglected since 1988. This project proposes a solution that truly emblematizes Detroit Future City’s mission: it is a progressive taking-over of the complex with closed-loop urban farming and restaurant systems. What about a saprophytic architecture that would work to clean up the host structure by bringing people, money, and infrastructure to the site?

Wood, paper, plastic, metal, ink
36 x 36 x 36 in.