What’s all The Buzz About?

The Detroit Future City (DFC) Implementation Office has added a new lot design to the Field Guide to Working with Lots!

The latest addition to the Field Guide – The Buzz Lot Design – is named after the project that inspired it, and is the Field Guide’s 35th lot design.

The Buzz, a collaborative initiative that brought Detroit-based barbers and mowers together to cut and create original designs on unoccupied lots, was launched by the DFC Implementation Office in 2016. The result: a fresh, unconventional conversation about land transformation and Detroit’s future.

The Buzz Lot Design is a barber-inspired pattern designed and cut into a lot using lines, edges, shapes, or images. The Buzz design can be modified to fit any size or combination of lots. It is one of the Field Guide’s low-cost, low-maintenance designs.

The DFC Field Guide to Working with Lots offers step-by-step instructions, shopping lists, graphics, and other guidance and resources to transform vacant land into a variety of landscapes. An award-winning tool first published in the fall of 2015, the Field Guide includes comprehensive, easy-to-follow directions available online at www.dfc-lots.com, and a complimentary, printed workbook available at the DFC Implementation Office. Both offer recommendations on how to assess your lot and choose the best landscape for your needs, wants, skill level and budget.

More about The Buzz initiative:

It aimed to lift up existing, neighborhood-based entrepreneurs. It also showcased how a diverse, outside-of-the box set of voices, professions and skills can viably contribute solutions to Detroit’s land management challenges through a dialogue about the potential of vacant land here.

In June 2016, mowers and barbers came together for a meet-and-greet, informational session to facilitate a dialogue about style trends and land management.  In July 2016, DFC hosted a workshop that paired mowers and barbers for a work day where participants designed, tested, and cut creative mowing patterns. Later that same day, there was a community celebration to highlight the newly developed mowing patterns on lots across the city, and to continue the dialogue regarding land stewardship in the community. In August 2016, the DFC Implementation Office hosted a gallery presenting photos, videos, and profiles for all participants.

The Buzz was funded through the Knight Foundation’s Cities Challenge, and was a partnership that included Urban Neighborhood Initiatives, the East Side Community Network, and the City of Detroit’s General Services Department.

Click here to learn more about The Buzz initiative and to join the conversation about vacant land transformation in Detroit!

Check out the video below for the third installment of The Buzz.

For more information or to get involved with The Buzz, please visit www.dfc-buzz.com email buzz@detroitfuturecity.com or call 313-259-4407. Follow The Buzz on social media using hashtag #dfcBUZZ.