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Students Sketch Plans For Detroit’s Future

May 03 2012 | no comments

Lots of people have ideas for ways to freshen up the look of downtown Detroit.

But, the students at Lawrence Technological University have actually sketched them.

Eighteen students at LTU , who hope to aspire in the fields of urban design and architecture, came up with proposals that could be used in re-developing the downtown business district.

A place called the “detroitSHOP Studio” in Detroit’s Dime Building has collected their ideas and shown them off.

The “detroitSHOP Studio” sets up classes for students to use real world scenarios in the community. In this case, the students worked with Associate Professor Amy Green Deines , who is the chairperson of the Department of Arts and Design at LTU.

The students have been focusing on certain areas of downtown, Woodward Avenue, Jefferson Avenue, and the Grand Circus Park. They split into four teams and each came up with a master plan.

“A lot of the stuff can happen right now, such as cleaning facades, fixing broken windows and implementing pocket parks,” said Emma Zatkoff.  Zatkoff is a sophomore studying graphic design.

The studio has been in operation since January using space provided by Bedrock Real Estate Services, which is part of Rock Ventures, a subsidiary of Quicken Loans.

“Just the opportunity to be able to have some of your work potentially made is phenomenal,” said Mike Knoff, an LTU senior.

Click here for more information on “detroitSHOP.”


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