The City Science group collaborated with the Ford company from 2019 to 2020 on modeling the transformation of Corktown, Detroit into a high performance, entrepreneurial, mobility innovation district. Ford purchased the historic 30-acre site anchored by iconic Michigan Central Station as part of its plan to reshape the future of global mobility while co-creating a walkable neighborhood of the future.
The aim of the collaboration between City Science and Ford was to develop an interactive model allowing stakeholders in Ford to explore potential designs and interventions and their impacts on the community. The interventions considered included the built area design—the locations and densities of land uses such as Office, Residential, Light Industrial etc—and mobility innovations—addition of greenways, shuttle systems, fleet electrification and shared micro-mobility. The model was developed using the CityScope platform—a human-centered, urban modeling, simulation and decision-making platform, developed in the City Science group. The Corktown CityScope model allowed stakeholders to experiment with the land-use and mobility interventions, see how these changes impacted mobility behaviors and the impacts on a range of key performance indicators.
The project involved the development of three main modules: the simulation model of land-use and mobility behavior, the urban indicator computations and the web-based interactive tool.