• MSU students envision new look for Cowles House for President Simon

    Rendering by MSU interior design seniors of the proposed redesign of the dining space at Cowles House.

    Posted on June 20, 2017 4:44pm

    On Sept. 19, 2016, interior design seniors were given details on a project to redesign a historic home on the campus of Michigan State University. This project would be unlike any other they had worked on, because the students were being called upon by MSU’s President Lou Anna K. Simon to envision a redesign of Cowles House.

  • SPDC grad student Hebatalla Nazmy has big plans after selection for ESPP’s Summer Fellowship

    MSU Environmental design grad student Hebatalla Nazmy.

    Posted on June 19, 2017 11:22am

    SPDC Environmental design grad student Hebatalla Nazmy has big plans after selection for ESPP’s Summer Research Fellowship for Urban Environments. Her project is titled, “Residential Interior Design and its Reflection on Urban Environment.”

  • Landscape Architecture students received 2016 awards and scholarships

    Michigan State University Landscape Archititecure students.

    Posted on June 19, 2017 10:21am

    In 2016, 32 students from the LA Program received awards from the Michigan chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (MI ASLA), and program endowments and scholarships.

  • Traverse City corridor project guided by NCI RFP writing workshop and template

    This rendering from the Envison 8th website, shows what the 8th Street Corridor could look like

    Posted on June 13, 2017 1:34pm

    Traverse City, MI, is the kind of success story we really like to hear about at the National Charrette Institute at MSU. . . After the training, Soyring and Sych contacted NCI seeking advice on how to create a replicable process for doing a series of corridor charrettes [for the 8th Street corridor]. They engaged NCI to teach them how to conduct a Co-Writing Intensive workshop to assess and organize the project for a Request for Proposals.

  • SPDC’s Mollaoglu and Syal receive Emerald Literati Award for highly commended paper

    The Eli and Edythe Broad Art Muesum is an example of a green building. Photo by MSU Communications and Brand Strategy.

    Posted on June 7, 2017 1:09pm

    In May, MSU Construction Management (CM) Program faculty members Sinem Mollaoglu, PhD, and Matt Syal, PhD, were presented with Emerald Publishing’s Emerald Literati Award for Highly Commended Paper for their co-authored paper, titled “Diffusion of Green Building Guidelines as Innovation in Developing Countries.” They have also been nominated for the Outstanding Paper Award, along with their co-authors Citra Chergia and Esin Ergen from the Civil Engineering Department at Istanbul Technical University in Turkey.

  • Gladstone eyes North Shore development

    SPDC's Wayne Beyea discusses the images on the Gladstone Yacht Club wall during North Shore Project meeting

    Posted on June 6, 2017 4:59pm

    Residents, community stakeholders, and city staff where at the Gladstone Yacht Club Monday to review and make suggestions on a proposal for the city’s north shore from educators and planners connected with Michigan State University’s Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI).

  • Grant project to create online tool to assist in rural economic development

    Pedestrian walking in downtown Dexter, a rural community in Michigan. Photo courtesy of the Michigan Municipal League.

    Posted on May 30, 2017 8:46am

    An online modeling tool to assist with identifying potential economic development opportunities in rural communities will be developed as part of a collaborative effort led by Texas A&M AgriLife, Iowa State University and Michigan State University. . . Dr. Craig Carpenter, the principal investigator on the project, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist in College Station, is joined by Dr. Rebekka Dudensing, AgriLife Extension economist in College Station; Dr. Linda Niehm, professor in the department of apparel, events and hospitality management, Iowa State University; and Dr. Scott Loveridge, agricultural economist, Michigan State University. The project is funded by one of 47 grants totaling $17.5 million recently awarded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The funding is made possible through NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative program, authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill.

  • Register Today: NCI Charrettes + Design Thinking at Harvard, Jun. 26-28, 2017

    A group working on a charrette drawing

    Posted on May 25, 2017 5:13pm

    The MSU National Charrette Institute is hosting a training on NCI Charrettes + Design Thinking Jun. 26-28, 2017, at Wasserstein Hall on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, MA. Registration is available online. Space is still available, so be sure to reserve your seat today!

  • Save the date: Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to speak at MSU in October

    Henry Cisneros, former HUD secretary and co-chair of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Immigration Task Force

    Posted on May 25, 2017 4:22pm

    In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction has invited special guest lecturer, Henry Cisneros, the former United States Secretary of Housing and Development, to speak at Michigan State University. The event will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing. During his lecture, Cisneros will discuss “Cities and the Economy, Smart Growth and Sustainability, and American Latinos and the Nation’s Future.”

  • MSU launches online option for charrette training

    Person typing on computer keyboard.

    Posted on May 16, 2017 3:00pm

    The National Charrette Institute (NCI) at Michigan State University has launched an online opportunity for its popular NCI Charrette System certificate training program. As the charrette process becomes more popular across the country, community and planning professionals are increasingly looking for options outside of classroom trainings, which they can now access online at their own place and on their own time

    “This online training represents the cumulative learning from 15 years of classroom experience. We put everything into making sure this course represents the best NCI can offer,” said Bill Lennertz, founder of NCI.

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