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Location: Brush Park, Detroit, MI
Type: Competition, 2019
Awards: First Prize

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The Power Plant reformats the idea of a fitness center into a solution for sustainable on-site energy production. Each workout machine acts as a node transforming the kinetic energy generated during a workout into the power supply for the EV charing docks outside. While each station is also outfitted with solar panels to fuel the charging station during sunny days, human-generated energy can be produced day or night regardless of weather. This case study transforms a hundred year old filling station in Detroit that still stands in the center of the rapidly growing Brush Park neighborhood. Stations like these were common at most street corners in the Motor City, and acted as neighborhood beacons of the fossil-fueled mobility revolution at the turn of the Century. Now that the narrative is evolving towards one of electric autonomy, these stations and their modern counterparts also have the potential to evolve into equally prominent fixtures within a sustainable electric future.

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