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.

Phase I Collaboration begins on Detroit, Michigan’s Bloody Run Creek

by Alexandria Huff

Daylighting Detroit, Michigan’s Bloody Run Creek will be no small feat, but it’s a project that truly embodies a new and sustainable direction for the city. St. Louis developer, Richard Baron, has been pitching redevel... Read article

Benefits of Blogging in a Down Economy: Developing Your "Career Portfolio"

by Alexandria Huff

According to Huffpost Detroit, Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 8.8%, while Detroit is hovering at 19% unemployment. Conditions are grim.  Architects have been hard-hit by the recession, and unfortu... Read article

Social Media Networks Contribute to Detroit, Michigan's Transformation

by Alexandria Huff

Social media is changing the way we live, work, and play. Our networks are larger, our interests broader, and our opportunities more abundant than ever before. Thanks to this dynamic, digital infrastructure, Detroit, ... Read article

The Story of Demolition City: Detroit, Michigan

by Alexandria Huff

In February 2012, I wrote a post called Assessing the Damage: Preserving Detroit, Michigan’s Historical Places, describing the delicate balance between restoration and demolition. Incorporating preservation efforts int... Read article

The Skinny on Business Card Design for Urban Planning Firms

by Alexandria Huff

While social media is changing the way designers collaborate and connect, face-to-face networking is still an important step in gaining industry distinction. At roughly 3.5 inches by 2 inches, business cards carry signi... Read article

Diamond in the Rough: The Positive Urban Planning Impact of American Baseball on Detroit, Michigan

by Alexandria Huff

Opening day just five weeks away, Detroit Tiger's fans are clawing to get back into their orange and navy blue. Baseball has always been considered America's favorite pastime. For Boston, Cleveland, Chicago, and Detroi... Read article

Featured Urban Planning and Urban Design Conferences of 2012

by Alexandria Huff

Today, thanks to social media, innovative planning strategies and sustainable technologies are shared globally within the environmental design community. Are you part of that dialogue? If you're reading The GRID, you... Read article

Assessing the Damage: Preserving Detroit, Michigan's Historical Places

by Alexandria Huff

Many agree, Detroit, Michigan requires restructuring, on a physical and political level, but the process is still unclear. From the Art Deco and Neo-Renaissance buildings of downtown, to the Tudors, Victorians, and B... Read article

Attention Architects: 5 Reasons You Need a Free Website Review

by Alexandria Huff

Are you an architecture student with a digital portfolio? Or an emerging professional seeking a client base? Or a designer with a growing architectural firm? If so, defining your brand and marketing your talents can ... Read article

Detroit, Michigan International RiverWalk: Vision and Collaboration Make It A Reality

by Alexandria Huff

World-class entertainment, respected athletic teams, a prominent automotive headquarters, and a celebrated arts and cultural district set along an international waterway – Detroit, Michigan has always been a great ev... Read article

Detroit, Michigan: The Non-Motorized City?

by Alexandria Huff

Frequently cited as an indicator of an emerging economy, bicycles are becoming the symbol of sustainable and productive communities. From Copenhagen, Denmark, to Portland, Oregon, bicyclists represent a considerabl... Read article

Urban Farms Changing the Detroit, Michigan Landscape

by Alexandria Huff

Shrinking cities, such as Detroit, Michigan, present challenging obstacles for urban planners, city council members, and residents, because they do not shrink uniformly from the perimeter inward. Instead, we are left w... Read article

5 Suggestions for the FiELD9:architecture Website

by Alexandria Huff

This designer has a very impressive portfolio of work; the projects reveal sensitivity to sustainability, scale, texture, and function. At present, I feel the FiELD9: architecture website does not do justice to the talen... Read article