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Community Outreach - School of Architecture

zoyesDesign Center Focuses on Community

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) was the first University-based design center in metropolitan Detroit to provide design services to nonprofit community and civic organizations. As part of the engagement strategy for Detroit Future City project, the Design Center engaged community members 163,000 times and had 30,700 one-on-one conversations at venues throughout Detroit. The collected input has greatly influenced the new strategic planning document for the city, Detroit Future City. The DCDC continues to lead citywide efforts regarding the landmark Detroit Future City project as it moves into various implementation phases under the leadership of the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation. 

The Detroit Collaborative Design Center, in partnership with Revolve Detroit and Challenge Detroit, spearheaded the activation of a community storefront on Livernois. The project took over a vacant storefront and created a community hub showcasing small businesses and local culture. Various events have taken place in the space including Light-Up Livernois, a festive community event, and the Detroit Design Festival. During the past year, 13 new businesses opened on Livernois Avenue.

SOA and Gesu research collaboration

GesuEach year Gesu School students visit with UDM architect students to participate in hands-on activities to explore and imagine interactive space as a supportive environment for youth. This past year, two architect classes created a preliminary design project for a cancer drop-in center for children, and asked the Gesu students to serve as “technical advisors.”