Kyle W. Bartell

Kyle W. Bartell

Kyle W. Bartell is the co-founder of Sit On It Detroit. A project geared toward building reclaim wooden benches at bus stops with free libraries attached to them at Detroit area bus stops. Bartell is a native Detroiter, born on the Northwest side of the city. Educated in Detroit public schools growing up, later Kyle was accepted into Wayne State University. At Wayne State, Bartell studied in the fields of Urban Planning. Kyle was very active both in and outside the classroom. Kyle took part in community organizing, renovating public parks and embarking on creative place-making projects.

Throughout his college career Bartell has worked with numerous organizations and companies both large and small. Kyle received national and even international recognition for his work. 2014 S.O.I.D was nominated for the Exemplary Innovation Award. Kyle was also a two-time Detroit Soup grant winner. In addition, Kyle received grant from the College of Creative Studies Detroit Design Festival for a public park renovation to Scripps Park. Currently Sit On It Detroit is Kyle and his partner Charles full-time jobs. Over the last 2 ½ years they’ve built over 30+ benches at bus-stops and worked with 600 volunteers and distributed over 10,000 articles of literature through the network of Sit On It Detroit benches.

Project Summary: Improving public spaces through the Sit On It Detroit project that uses reclaimed lumber to build public benches; the project focuses on bus stop seating.

Click here to see his project: Sit On It Detroit