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Community Outreach - School of Architecture

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Detroit Collaborative Design Center was the first University-based design center in metropolitan Detroit to provide design services to non-profit community and civic organizations. This year, as part of the engagement strategy for the Detroit Works Long Term Planning for the City of Detroit, the Detroit Collaborative Design Center convened discussion groups of over 75,000 community members at venues throughout Detroit from December 2011 to mid-August 2012. The collected input will be included in a planning document for the city.

Program Introduces Students to Architecture

Fifteen high school students attended a month long series of classes at the SOA through the Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP).

Students Generate Community Development Plans

Last fall a student design studio under the direction of Virginia Stanard from our Detroit Collaborative Design Center developed design ideas for Livernois Avenue and the surrounding communities.  This work was presented and discussed at a public meeting in May 2012 that included leadership from the University Commons community group.  The work of the studio is detailed in a book distributed to area stakeholders.

Students Teach Design Classes

During Winter term 2012, Assistant Professor Claudia Bernasconi’s seminar class of Architecture master’s students taught design to approximately 30 seventh grade students at Detroit Community Schools in the Brightmoor neighborhood.

Community Development Class Works with Neighborhood

A group of students completing their capstone project for the Master’s of Community Development Program worked extensively with neighborhood groups in the Fitzgerald neighborhood between UDM and Marygrove College.  A second capstone team is now working directly with the Martin Park neighborhood east of UDM to establish goals for their capstone project.

Students Reach Out

Architecture students participated in a number of community outreach initiatives during fall 2011, including a Livernois Avenue cleanup day in November in association with the University Commons, the Safety Street Halloween event for area children at UDM, and CANSTRUCTION at the Detroit Institute of Arts, which is a national food collection event.