The Man and his Work

The Developing Urban Detroit Area

In January, 1965, The Detroit Edison Company began a five-year comprehensive study of Detroit and the adjacent area under its direct influence for the purpose of analyzing, understanding and exploring its growth patterns, potentialities and future requirements. Research into the economic, social, cultural and physical problems facing man in the Urban Detroit Area was first proposed by Walker L. Cisler, Chairman of the Board of The Detroit Edison Company.

As a result, Cisler asked Doxiadis Associates to undertake a thorough study of the Urban Detroit Area. Wayne State University was also asked to participate because it would provide the opportunity to deploy the resources of students and faculty in the solution of urgent problems facing Detroit and other cities.