BRIGHTMAKI COMMONS DETROIT will be an outdoor community space in the Brightmoor neighborhood of northwest Detroit. It is currently under construction in a community space owned by  Urban Country Tea House, a neighborhood cafe.

Brightmaki Commons Detroit is being built via a collaborative consisting of the Brightmoor Maker Space, Ishinomaki Laboratory, and Rosalyn Flint of Urban Country Tea House and the Brightmoor Cross Pollination Corridor, with financial assistance from Herman Miller and support from undergraduate participants in the University of Michigan’s GIEU Japan/Detroit program.

Brightmaki Commons Detroit will consist of six long wooden benches, situated atop a beautifully painted asphalt surface behind Urban Country Tea House. The benches are designed to be modular and portable to accommodate various community uses, including outdoor movie screenings, performing arts showcases, and meetings. The unvarnished wood benches–inspired by Ishinomaki Laboratory’s designs–accent rather than clash with surrounding greenery, and are built to withstand Detroit’s snowy winters and rainy springs.