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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?

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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.

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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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