three architecture students chasing their dream

making sustainable housing accessible for everyone

Goal

$50.858$50.000

April 19th 2017April 19th 2017

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Rebuilding Detroit

transforming broken-down houses into self-sufficient homes

The Motown Movement

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    Why do we do it?

    Fight climate change by creating a sustainable society.

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    How do we do it?

    Inspire people and make sustainable technology accessible for everyone

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    What do we do?

    Design an affordable and DIY method to transform broken-down houses into self-sufficient homes.

Inspiration & motivation
Why doesn’t everyone fight against climate change with the technologies already at hand? We stumbled upon this question during our architecture studies at the Technological University of Delft. We are able to transform old broken-down houses into self-sufficient homes all over the world, yet we show a lack of effort to inspire, motivate and empower others to do the same. This way, technical innovation and brilliance is left almost untouched by the majority of people.
Therefore, our goal is to upscale the fight against climate change by making sustainable housing accessible for everyone. We want to inspire and motivate others to take action for their own financial benefits, but moreover for the benefit of our future world and generations. Two birds with one stone, we would say.

Why Detroit
Before we visited Detroit, we expected to see an exceptional phenomenon happening: a metropolitan city in full decay. Instead, we saw a city putting itself back together and recovering its lost glory. What a resilience. This inexhaustible dedication inspired us as young architecture students.
We see great potential in implementing simple but effective technologies that go along with the Motor City’s resilient, creative and independent spirit. Residents have not only shown us that they embrace bold bottom-up initiatives, but also that they have the urge, capacity and desire to realize change. That’s why the ideal city for our pilot project is Detroit: the do-it-yourself city.

What we do
We develop and share low-budget and do-it-yourself methods to transform worn-down houses into self-sufficient homes. To demonstrate the methods, we will build showcases in Detroit and elsewhere around the world.
The different methods and techniques will serve as a menu for sustainable innovations. Various solutions will be displayed for the same item, added with useful information about the costs, savings, suppliers and assembly instructions.
The home serves as a showcase and a community center. The ground floor will be our demonstration home with a training center. The upper level of the two-family-home will be given to a Detroit family that lost their home due to tax foreclosures. Finally, the basement will be housing the local resource center that provides the neighbors with computers, wifi and books.

For more information you can download our information booklet or contact us.
The Motown Movement is part of a non profit organisation called The Future City Initiative. (ANBI registered)

Target

Before
After

The method

Reduce

Reducing living costs by:
Adding extra insulation to lower heating bills. Installing an energy efficient heat pump to replace the old fashioned boiler system. Building a green roof to buffer water during heavy rains and insulate the roof.

Reuse

Reusing materials and energy to:
Drastically bring back construction costs. Avoiding the loss of useful waste materials e.g. for insolation or construction. Turning surplus heat from surrounding industries into a communal heat source. Bringing back clean water usage, by using rainwater to flush the toilet and spray the garden.

Renew

Renewable energy helps increasing your savings and saving the environment with: Solar panels to produce electricity and heat from sunlight. Urban farming to stimulate communal involvement.  A septic tank to turn domestic sewage into biogas and plant nutrients, that can be reused for the urban farm.

The plan

Support us

Why should you do it?

  • Create a sustainable society
  • Fight climate change
  • Making sustainable technology available for everyone
  • Be the change you want to see in the world
  • be a part of the motown movement

What can you do?

  • Support through crowdfunding
  • Help us building! contact us and visit our home in detroit!
  • Sponsor in materials and building tools
  • Like, share and spread the word!

What do you get?

  • your name on the facade
  • overnight stay in the house
  • the motown movement poster
  • the photobook
  • the documentary (dvd)
  • love and peace

Press

The team

Bob Hendrikx

Co-founder  |  Public relations & Acquisition
Master student Architecture

+1 313-715-9597
bhendrikx@themotownmovement.com

“Taking part in the urban laboratory of Detroit provides me with an unique opportunity to better the world and inspire people with our enthusiasm.”

Ronen Dan

Co-founder  |  Legality & Finances
Master student Architecture

+1 313-715-9579
rdan@themotownmovement.com

“I came to Detroit to be part of the emergence of a resurrecting city. My hopes are that we contribute to this movement in an exemplary sustainable way.”

Dominik Lukkes

Co-founder  |  Technical & architectural design
Master student Architecture

+1 313-706-7798
dlukkes@themotownmovement.com

“I hope we can play part in the current movement that strives for the revitalizing of Detroit and that we can inspire other people who want to make a difference.”

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Be the change you want to see in the world

Ambassadors

“As Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft I support this initiative.”

Karel Luyben

Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft

“As Rector Magnificus of the TU Delft I support this initiative.”

Francine Houben

Founding Partner / Creative Director of Mecanoo

“As the mayor of the city of Delft, I support these students in their battle against climate change.”

Bas Verkerk

Former mayor of Delft

“The sustainable transformation of broken-down houses can play a key-role in the revival of Detroit.”

Anke van Hal

Professor of Sustainable Housing Transformation and Development at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

“In today’s built environment there is an ongoing quest for the right innovations for sustainable building. However, the egg of Columbus has not been found yet. That’s why I support this project.”

Thijs Asselbergs

Professor of Architectural Engineering at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

“Worldwide it is essential that the built environment adapts to climate change, changes to a fossil-free system and becomes part of the circular economy.”

Andy van den Dobbelsteen

Professor of Climate Design and Sustainability at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Arjan van Timmeren

Professor of Environmental Technology and Design at the TU Delft Faculty of Architecture

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Lars Graebner and Christina Hansen

Lecturers at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urbanism, University of Michigan

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Stephen Vogel

FAIA, Senior Principal at the Detroit Collaborative Design Centre

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Susan Mosey

Executive Director at Midtown Detroit Inc.

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Kevin McNeely

Chair Board of Directors at United States Green Building Council - Detroit Chapter

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Tom Stanton

Researcher for the National Regulatory Research Institute

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Scott Shall

Associate Dean at Lawrence Technological University

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Michelle Oberholzen

Founder of The Tricycle Collective

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Jill Ford

Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship from the City of Detroit

“Regeneration of social values and energetic regeneration of the existing urban tissues, including residential housing and infrastructures are both urgent and reciprocal. The Motown Movement is a pioneering initiative that combines both and takes them as a lead for positive change, and therefore has my full support.”

Jim Fuqua

President of the Detroit Rotary Club

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

FAQ

Why is the budget $230.000? And what will we use this for?
We agree that $230.000 is a lot of money so this might be confusing since we want to provide low-budget methods to make sustainable housing accessible for everyone. Don’t worry, we have and will not change our mission. However, our budget size has several reasons.
First of all this budget is for the entire project, so not only the house but also the online platform, publications, organization and PR. Secondly, most of our construction budget goes to making the ‘house’ we bought, livable again. All plumbing, electricity and doors and windows have to be done for it’s simple not there anymore. And lastly, we want to showcase all the different solutions there are, and therefore we’ll have some double systems. The home will demonstrate all the options so people can choose what fits their home and budget.

Note: The labor (11%) from the team is financed by ‘own contribution’. This means that all team members invest their own time in this project without receiving any financial compensation for their work. projectbudget


Why did we choose to rebuild Detroit?
Detroit is recovering  from a heavy setback. The strong do-it-yourself culture has inspired us and made us want to come up with new ideas for sustainable building together with the community. We believe that strong collaborations are the key to making this city a model of a sustainable city.

Why are we the ones to help?
Why are we not to help? We are committed, non-profit, young architecture students. All three of us finished their bachelors degree and are eager to use our knowledge for making a better world. We believe that architecture is a powerful tool in rebuilding and reshaping the current non-sustainable societies in the world.

Why should you help Detroit if you don’t live there?
Well, you’re not only helping Detroit. You’re tackling climate change, which affects us all as you certainly know. Also you’re giving an example of how to live and build sustainable in one of the wealthiest but most polluting countries in the world, the USA. Do you see the potential?

How are we going to rebuild without any carpentry experience?
We will hire and get help from reliable professionals. Together with our community partners in Detroit and the Netherlands we set up a multi-disciplinary team that can handle the job. Right now, we’ve already set up collaborations in Detroit with experts such as National Heating & Cooling, Kelly Windows, Eco-Roofs, PowerPanel and more.

What will happen with the house after it’s finished?
To make an example of the house, it will be kept open for the public. The house will be an open source for our affordable and sustainable method. Do you want to make your house more sustainable? Our home will be the example of how you can do it in an affordable way. We want to inspire the people so together we can start the movement!

Can anyone give advice or help on site?
Of course! Any help is welcome! You have seen people doing something similar or are you inspired by a different kind of project. Let us know!

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Contact

The Motown Movement
The Future City Initiative

(m) info@themotownmovement.com
(NL) +31 6 177 474 26
(USA) +1 313 715 9597
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