Chad Rochkind

Chad Rochkind

Chad Rochkind is the founder of Human Scale Studio, the Executive Director of the Corktown Economic Development Corporation, and a winner of the Knight Cities Challenge. Metropolis Magazine named Chad one of its "10 New Talents" in 2014. Chad holds a Master's Degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture from New York University, where he graduated at the top of his class. He wrote his master's thesis on Detroit's revitalization and how small-scale revitalization efforts can play a leading role in the city’s renaissance. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Chad is passionate about Detroit's role in leading the world toward a more sustainable and equitable urban future. He is a home owner, with his wife, in the Hubbard Farms neighborhood of Detroit.

Detroit's Revitalization Begins in the Streets

Two weeks ago today, under the banner of the People First Project, I led a group of volunteers to reclaim the parking space in front of Astro Coffee on Michigan Avenue and transform it into a public space. The parklet was an immediate hit and instantly beloved by the community. Like most Detroiters, Corktown residents … Continue Reading →