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  • posted on February 3, 2017 4:26pm

    Inside the Linwood YMCA Saturday, a video screen showed color sprouting on light poles and crosswalks along a stretch of Cleveland Avenue near a temporary bike repair shop and a community garden.


    This was how Cleveland Avenue between 27th and 31st streets looked to five students from Michigan State University. They’ve been studying the area in conjunction with a technical assistant on brownfields development working with Kansas State University. . .

    . . . One idea: “Yarn bombing,” said Pat Crawford, a Kansas City native who works with those students as associate director of the School of Planning, Design and Construction at Michigan State. She described yarn bombing as a European thing starting to take hold in the United States.

    “A community gets together and they decide they’re going to bomb an area with yarn,” Crawford said to about 20 attendees. “They wrap things — they come up with patterns — light poles or power poles. The whole area is this colorful strip.”

    Or, she said, “celebrate the crosswalks” with paint, perhaps making one look like piano keys. There were digital displays and poster boards showing just what Crawford and her students had envisioned.

  • posted on October 6, 2016 3:03pm

    ALPENA – Interested community members and involved officials listened to Michigan State University students present their ideas on the future development of Rockport Recreation Area.

    As the 100th state park in Michigan, Rockport Recreation Area still is in need of developing a way to draw in more visitors. However there has not been a clear consensus on which direction should be taken.

    The Friends of Rockport, a nonprofit organization, set out to spearhead the development of the more than 4,200 acre piece of land. The land is full of hidden treasures geographically unique to the area.

    Being officially designated as a Dark Sky Preserve, Rockport can boast a deep-water harbor, 300 acre old limestone quarry, sinkholes, Devonian era fossils and the Besser Natural Area. This also includes differing land types, vegetative cover, cultural resources and recreation opportunities.

    Eight students from Michigan State University Professor Karen Russcher’s Landscape Architecture capstone class were tasked with the initial design for future development of the area.

  • posted on August 21, 2016 3:18pm

    You may have heard that the city of Detroit is on the rise again after a series of financial and social challenges. But the renaissance of this once great metropolis won’t be completed by the addition of sports stadiums or inspirational car commercials. It will be done by locals who care about its future and young people who want to be the next generation of civic leaders.

    That’s the idea behind Michigan State University’s DETxMSU program, a series of innovative projects where nearly 60 students spent the summer immersing themselves in the city’s political, business, and cultural concerns in order to learn how to redefine Detroit.

    “[The program is] intended to go beyond the practice of what they were learning in college, to learning about civic engagement, about culture and the history of Detroit,” says MSU Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs June Youatt, who spearheaded the program. “The idea was to have a real immersion experience, where they lived, played and worked alongside people of Detroit.” 

    Pat Crawford, the Associate Director for MSU’s School of Planning, Design & Construction, took the reins of making the program a reality. She said it differed from other Detroit programs in its wide range of concentrations throughout the city. [LA Associate Professor Pat Crawford talks more about the idea behind the DesignThink program.]

  • posted on July 28, 2016 11:24am

    Detroit – On the first day of her internship this summer, Michigan State student Jocelyn Sample knocked on doors in Detroit, helping residents at risk of foreclosure learn how to stay in their homes.

    Then her memories came flooding back.

    Sample remembered her grandmother’s house, where she spent part of her childhood, going into foreclosure years earlier. At the time, she was about 12 and her maternal uncle was living in the home on the northwest side of Detroit when everything was removed.

    “We were devastated,” Sample said. “If I could help people not go through what my family went through, that would be awesome.”

    Sample is among 60 Michigan State University students enrolled in a new program, DETxMSU, that encourages them to live, learn, work and play in Detroit — hailed as the hot new place to study and maybe make a difference, especially as the city’s renaissance continues.

  • posted on July 1, 2016 11:08am

    The July 2016 edition of APUE News covered the “MSU & Detroit: Side by side for a Better Tomorrow” article published by MI Spartan Impact earlier this year. The article by The Detroit News from Jul. 28, 2016, titledMSU PROGRAM MAKES DETROIT NEW KIND OF CLASSROOM” highlights the new MSU program called DETxMSU, in which students from landscape architecture and evironmental design participated this summer.

    MSU & Detroit: Side by Side for a Better Tomorrow

    For decades, Michigan State University has been working with partners in Detroit to support economic development, advance the arts, transform schools, improve health, and sustain the environment. Like Detroit, MSU values resilience, hard work, and a commitment to solving problems and empowering people for better lives. These stories reflect some of the many ways Spartans are working with the people of Detroit to ensure a stronger tomorrow.

  • posted on March 29, 2016 10:06am

    Hello, my name is Hanbing Liang, and I am a senior landscape architecture and urban planning student at MSU. The tiny house project was presented to me at the beginning of the year after I heard from Tiffany [Pupa], the student lead of this project, and I became interested in involving myself in this amazing opportunity.

  • posted on March 28, 2016 10:19am

    My name is Xiao Hou, and I’m a senior landscape architecture student. Being a student from Xi’an, China (It’s a big city that’s known for its thousands of years of history and Terra-cotta Warriors), I have only lived in high-rise apartments. After coming to the U.S. and living in East Lansing for more than three years, I’m still amazed by the way Americans live. This project has challenged me to think more about the built environment. I hadn’t heard about the Tiny Home Movement until I started to get involved, but I do know what living small feels like.

  • posted on January 15, 2016 12:57pm

    The Winter 2016 edition of LandTEXTURES published by the MSU Landscape Architecture Alumni & Advisory Board is available for download.

  • posted on December 17, 2015 11:19am

    The Sustainable Built Environment Initiative (SBEI) was announced at the MSU Fall Extension Conference that took place Oct. 13, 2015, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing. The SBEI is an outreach effort of the School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) at Michigan State University in partnership with MSU Extension. . . The initiative places emphasis on sustainable planning and design solutions for local issues, including green development, adaptive reuse, placemaking and resiliency planning. . . The SBEI seeks projects that combine planning and design elements within a sustainability framework, including regeneration, renewable energy, and resiliency.

  • posted on September 30, 2015 12:17pm

    LANSING, Michigan — A Michigan Municipal League program that is making transformational changes in Michigan cities won a top award recently in the 2015 Michigan Society of Association Executives (MSAE) Annual Diamond Awards contest.

    The League earned the highest honor—a Diamond Award—for its PlacePlans program in the innovative collaboration category for associations with budgets of $1 million and greater. The League also received a Silver Award for its Review magazine in the magazine publishing category.

    The League’s key partners in the PlacePlans programs that greatly contributed to making this effort a collaboration are the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), Governor Snyder’s MIplace Partnership, Michigan State University’s School of Planning, Design and Construction and the local communities involved in each PlacePlans project.

    “There couldn’t be a more fitting category for the PlacePlans work because this effort is truly an innovative collaboration,” said League CEO and Executive Director Dan Gilmartin. “Receiving this statewide honor is the result of the hard work of many people from many different organizations. We certainly could not do this work without the support of MSHDA, Governor Snyder, MSU and the local communities.”

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