The Seebaldt Pilot, Detroit MI 

Ann Donner Consulting (ADC) was a member of  The Seebaldt Pilot (TSP) project team. TSP was the result of a 4-year community-driven partnership between the transdisciplinary design firm, studio[Ci], the grassroots community group, It Starts at Home (IS@H), and Detroit’s 48204 community.

The project focused on the opportunity to affordably acquire and activate concentrations of publicly owned (DLBA) vacant parcels for generative infrastructure: energy, water, food production, waste, and mobility.

TSP pilots a unique solar technology, the multifunctional Hybridized Net Zero Energy (HNZE) Canopy, with the goal of generating and distributing solar power for electricity to the community through an energy cooperative.

Building the HNZE canopy prototype
Rendering of The Seebaldt Pilot
TSP community celebration, July 2018

TSP’s comprehensive, sustainable community plan was awarded the First Place Gold prize for North America from the LefargeHolcim Foundation and received the Bronze prize in the Global award competition.  The Foundation recognizes innovative projects and future-oriented concepts – and is the most significant global competition for sustainable design.



Make-It Springfield, MA

ADC  completed a comprehensive strategic planning project for Make-It Springfield, a community-based makerspace located in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

Beginning as a 30-day pilot project in a vacant storefront, in just under two years Make-It Springfield has welcomed over 2,700 people of all ages attending 90 unique workshops.

With the support of a MassDevelopment Collaborative Workspace Planning Grant, the Make-It Springfield Strategic Planning Committee identified next steps, strategies, and opportunities to sustain Make-It Springfield and prepare for expanded programming and greater impact.  The highly participatory planning effort engaged Springfield residents, artists, makers, city officials, arts, business and community organizations, UMass Amherst, and Springfield Technical Community College.


Make-It Springfield Strategic Planning Committee