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Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (Doxiadis) Photographs and Audio Recordings

Identifier: UAV000636


  • 1964 - 1974


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Patrons must contact the Audiovisual Department to make an appointment to view negatives or listen to recordings.

Conditions Governing Use

Refer to the Walter P. Reuther Library Rules for Use of Archival Materials.

Biographical / Historical

UDA was conceived by Walker L. Cisler, Chairman of the Board of the Detroit Edison Company. Begun in 1964, the project was sponsored by Detroit Edison and Wayne State University. Doxiadis Associates, an international urban planning organization headed by Constantinos A. Doxiadis, was selected to undertake the project. The stated aim of UDA from the beginning was "an understanding of the problems created by dynamic urban growth in the Detroit Area and an exploitation of methods by which these problems can be faced successfully in the future." The project ran from 1964-1972, and the principal findings of UDA were published in three volumes, collectively titled Emergence and Growth of an Urban Region.


1.75 Linear Feet (2 manuscript boxes, 3 half-manuscript boxes) : b/w and color photo prints, b/w and color negatives, reel-to-reel tapes, audio cassettes.

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The Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (UDA) began in 1964 with sponsorship from the Detroit Edison Company and Wayne State University to understand the affects of urban growth in the city of Detroit in order to better prepare for future growth. The project was managed for seven years by the international urban planning organization, Doxiadis Associates and produced three volumes of published findings. The UDA Photographs and Audio Recordings document Doxiadis and the evolution of this project, and includes: copy negatives of illustrations in the final three-volume study; photographs of meetings, events, related personalities and places; and audio recordings of select meetings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (UDA) Photographs and Sound Recordings were placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in 1973 by Detroit Edison.

Processing Information

Processed by Elizabeth Clemens, with some description borrowed from the Guide to the Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (Doxiadis) Records (UR000636).


Guide to the Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (Doxiadis) Photographs and Audio Recordings
Elizabeth Clemens
November 18, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA