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UDM’s DCDC Celebrates 20 Years of Rebuilding Communities

University of Detroit Mercy’s Detroit Collaborative Design Center (DCDC) in the School of Architecture is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. With a portfolio ranging from award-winning homeless shelters and graffiti galleries to neighborhood master plans and green infrastructure visions, the University has long collaborated with many community-based clients.

One of DCDC’s most exciting ventures is an ongoing project on Livernois Avenue in northwest Detroit. The Livernois Community Storefront is a pop-up community space that occupies a formerly vacant storefront along the historic Avenue of Fashion, a struggling commercial corridor with a rich history and strong building stock. The storefront was a product of many local partners and coincided with an event that further met the community’s collective goals. Overall, the storefront created a new type of pop-up focusing on community activities and spurring additional attention and investment along the Avenue.

To celebrate DCDC’s 20th anniversary, the Design Center is currently displaying an exhibit about its work and projects at the main branch of the Detroit Public Library, 5201 Woodward Ave., in Strohm Hall.

The exhibit will be on display at the Detroit Public Library until March 2. From March 10-30, the DCDC exhibit will be on display in the UDM Student Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

On Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., Dan Pitera, DCDC executive director, and Virginia Stanard, DCDC design fellow, will give a presentation on DCDC philosophies, projects and achievements during its 20 years in conjunction with the exhibit at the Library's Strohm Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Release date: February 17, 2014

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