Alexandria Huff

Alexandria graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.S. in Architecture. In order to gain an authentic understanding of the urban context through the lens of education, she became a Denver, Colorado corps member with Teach for America, teaching elementary Special Education. Returning to metro-Detroit, Michigan, Alexandria writes about the innovative design projects and urban programs taking place in the Motor City. Fueled by her passions for the triple bottom line - environment, economy, and social equity – Alexandria is now working on her Masters in Urban & Regional Planning. She is specializing in Physical Planning and Real Estate Development.

Book Review of “Rural Studio” by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and Timothy Hursley

by Alexandria Huff

In “Rural Studio: Samuel Mockbee and an Architecture of Decency” by Andrea Oppenheimer Dean and Timothy Hursley, the authors join words and images into a captivating narrative that creates a window into rural Hale County... Read article

Global Site Plans Farewell from Alexandria Stankovich

by Alexandria Huff

What is the future of Detroit? The answer to that question is deeply intertwined with its past, but also enlightened by its present. Global Site Plans offered me the platform to contribute. I am grateful for the oppo... Read article

UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 6: A Global Application of "The Planner's Triangle"

by Alexandria Huff

Due to rapid global urbanization, specifically in Asia and Africa, the United Nations predicts the world population to be 67% urban by 2050. This year's World Urban Forum (WUF6), held in Naples, Italy, was aptly th... Read article

Evaluating Ridership in Detroit: Woodward Corridor Transportation Alternatives

by Alexandria Huff

“Mobility” is one of the 14 quality of life indicators that Detroit, Michigan will use as a benchmark of success for their long term regional and urban planning. In December 2012, we begged the question: Will the Moto... Read article

Responsible Waste Management: Coming to a Curb Near You

by Alexandria Huff

According to the EPA, in 2010, Americans generated about 250 million tons of trash and recycled materials, while composting over 85 million tons of material. Environmental sustainability and responsible resource use are ... Read article

Boarded Up to Start Up: Retail and Risk in Detroit, Michigan

by Alexandria Huff

Architecture alone doesn't make a vibrant city, you have to activate the store fronts. Despite its assets, during the suburban growth of the 1970's, 80's, and 90's, Detroit found that it could no longer compete with the ... Read article

Southeast Michigan Regional Partnership Saves Detroit, Michigan's Convention Center

by Alexandria Huff

Outdated, poorly maintained, and critically disconnected from the streetscape and RiverWalk, COBO Center was well on its way to becoming Detroit’s largest white elephant.  At risk of losing its contract for the North A... Read article

Detroit, Michigan Heidelberg Project: A Different Image of the City

by Alexandria Huff

"Every citizen has had long associations with some part of the city, and his image is soaked in memories and meanings." Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City (1960) Twenty-seven years later, a young Tyree Guyton reflec... Read article

Fast Track Land Banking in Detroit, Michigan

by Alexandria Huff

Architects, urban planners, engineers, and residents realize that Detroit isn't actually shrinking. The physical boundaries still exist, but, in many areas of the city, the density has been significantly reduced and the ... Read article

Detroit Urban Laboratory: Michigan Urban Planning and Architecture Programs Take Advantage of Proximity

by Alexandria Huff

In many ways, Michigan’s current economic climate is distressing to architects and urban designers. Our regional dependence on the automotive industry has left Detroit, Michigan with a major identity crisis, not to men... Read article

Flexibility, Visibility, Possibility: Blogging as a Job Opportunity

by Alexandria Huff

The economic recession has changed the job market dramatically. Rather than waiting idly for the resurgence of the architecture sector, design professionals should consider freelance blogging. Writing for The GRID provid... Read article

Urban Planners: How to Choose the Best Social Media for your Purpose

by Alexandria Huff

One of the most important components of your work as an urban planner is engaging community stakeholders. For urban projects in the main street district, the downtown development authority, city leadership, planning and ... Read article

"Empowered, Intentional, Bold:" TechTown Detroit, Michigan Values at Work

by Alexandria Huff

Once home to the innovations of the Burroughs Adding Machine Company, American Electrical Heater Company and General Motors, the New Center area breathes new life into Detroit, Michigans's entrepreneurial spirit. In Apr... Read article