Schmidt-MacArthur Summer School 2014: Day 5

June 27, 2014

Day 5 marked the final day of the Summer School and the opportunity for Fellows to present their responses to the Summer School Challenge in their multi-disciplinary groups.

The challenge this year was based on Detroit, a city which has suffered from great economic decline and has an urgent need for regeneration.

Fellows were asked to address the following question:

How could a city like Detroit evolve a positive or regenerative cycle of development?


The opinions offered for regenerating a city like Detroit were diverse and insightful. A recurring theme across all groups was how to re-establish ‘community’ within a city; suggestions included matching expertise across a city’s populace – enabling knowledge sharing and forming links between previously ‘unconnected’ people.

There was also a consensus that inhabitants who had higher education qualifications from the city, should be given incentives to stay after they graduate. This would hopefully have a number of positive effects: increase population, bring manufacturing and development prospects to the city and encourage more trade within the city.

After all four groups had presented, Mentors and the Schmidt-MacArthur Fellowship Team had the opportunity to feedback and comment on the ideas from the session.


Fellows and Mentors travelled to Cambridge for an afternoon of sightseeing and punting, before closing with a final evening meal together and heading back to their home universities around the world.


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