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Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (Doxiadis) Records

Identifier: UR000636

Scope and Content

Important subjects covered in this collection are: Detroit and the Detroit Area, 1960-1970 Michigan local governments, 1960-1970 Ohio local governments, 1960-1970 Ontario local governments, 1960-1970 Public utility planning Urban planning Doxiadis, Constantinos A.

Series Description: Series I, Data File: Material gathered from federal, state, provincial, and local governments and private firms for use as data in the project.

Series II, Project Administration File: The office file of the project team in Detroit.

Series III, Proposed Uses for UDA: Three prospective successor projects involving the Detroit Edison Company.

Series IV, Publicity: Records of meetings and press conferences and clippings related to the project.

Series V, DOX-Documents: Preliminary and auxiliary studies on UDA, GLM, NOUS, etc., produced by Doxiadis Associates in Athens, Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Washington.


  • 1910 - 1974


Language of Materials

Material entirely in English.


Collection is open for research.


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


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." In the seven year history of the project, 1964-1972, a team of planners from Doxiadis Associates working in Detroit collected and created large amounts of written and graphic data. The series of this collection represent the most important subdivisions of this material. The principal findings of UDA were published in three volumes, collectively titled Emergence and Growth of an Urban Region. Copies of the work have been placed in the Archives Library. Substantially more written material produced by the project may be found in Series V. The collection as a whole preserves a record of the organization and evolution of the project. Coordinate with UDA were two other research projects, a study of larger urban patterns affecting the region, the Great Lakes Megalopolis (GLM) and a study of the greater Cleveland area, the Northern Ohio Urban System (NOUS). Printed materials from both GLM and NOUS may be found in Series V.


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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 records document Doxiadis and the evolution of this project, consisting of large amounts of written and graphic data, proposed uses of the research, and peripheral related projects.


Arranged in 5 series – Series 1 (Boxes 1-31), Series 2 (Boxes 32-34), Series 3 (Box 34), Series 4 (Boxes 35-36), and Series 5 (Boxes 37-40). Folders in Series 1-4 are arranged alphabetically, and folders in Series 5 are arranged chronologically.

Some folders have been removed from the collection causing folder numbers to be non-contiguous in some cases.

Other Access Aids

Finding aid also available as a pdf file.


The Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (UDA) Collection was placed in the Archives of Labor History and Urban Affairs in 1973 by the Detroit Edison Company and was open for research in 1975.


Graphics Approximately 50 photographs taken for project publicity plus numerous duplications of the illustrations in the final three-volume study have been placed in the Archives' Audiovisual Collections.

Miscellaneous books and pamphlets relating to urban affairs have been placed in the Archives Library, including: 1. Doxiadis, Constantinos A.: Architecture in Transition. 199 pp, 1963. 2. Doxiadis, Constantinos A.: Between Dystopia and Utopia. 92 pp, 1966. 3. Doxiadis, Constantinos A.: Urban Renewal and the Future of the American City. 174 pp, 1966. 4. Doxiadis, Constantinos A., Publications Concerning Doxiadis.: Constantinos Doxiadis, Master Builder for Free Men. 147 pp, 1965.

Processing History

Processed and finding aid written by Walter P. Reuther Library in 1975.


Guide to the Developing Urban Detroit Area Research Project (Doxiadis) Records
Processed by Walter P. Reuther Library.
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Repository Details

Part of the Walter P. Reuther Library Repository

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Detroit MI 48202 USA