posted on August 17, 2017 3:04pm2017-08-17T15:04:11
Ming-Han Li was named director of the Michigan State University (MSU) School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC). His appointment will be effective Jan. 8, 2018.
posted on August 15, 2017 12:02pm2017-08-15T12:02:54
Grandparents University at Michigan State University is a three-day educational experience that takes place at the end of June, where grandparents and grandchildren (ages 8–12) can live the college life of wondering on the MSU campus. . . The goal of the program is to let families experience the beauty and science within design, while creating memories together on MSU campus. Faculty, students and alumni from the School of Planning, Design and Construction hosted two courses: 1) Extreme Makeover: Dorm Room Edition, and 2) Secrets of the Olympics.
posted on July 13, 2017 3:04pm2017-07-13T15:04:46
Muskegon once was called the “Lumber Queen of the World.” It has been called “the Port City” and the “Riviera of the Midwest.” Now, city officials hope to add “Deconstruction Hub of the Great Lakes” to the city’s titles. In the mid-1880s, the peak of the lumbering era, Muskegon was a bustling hub for processing logs into timber shipped across the Great Lakes region. Chicago was rebuilt after the fire of 1871 with timber from Muskegon. Advocates of the city’s port would like to see some of that timber come back. That could happen if Muskegon became a hub for deconstructing some of those same cities it helped build.
Urban & Regional Planning’s Rex Lamore is quoted in this article.
posted on July 11, 2017 1:21pm2017-07-11T13:21:18
Sometimes deconstruction can yield surprising finds—like human body parts. Workers with Reclaim Detroit, a nonprofit deconstruction organization, once saw a human arm among the other trash in the basement of a blighted house. At first, they thought there was a body in the house, said Jeremy Haines, executive director of Reclaim Detroit. On closer inspection, workers realized it was just a mannequin. Fake body parts aside, the house the organization was taking apart was one among many abandoned houses in Detroit. According to a U.S. Census five-year estimate, over 183,000 homes in Detroit are vacant—making up 75 percent of the vacant houses in Michigan.
Construction Management’s George Berghorn is quoted in this article.
posted on July 10, 2017 11:42am2017-07-10T11:42:08
Constructing, remodeling and demolishing buildings have significant environmental impacts: natural resources are used to build them and large amounts of waste are sent to landfills when they come down. What do you call that?
Researchers at Michigan State University are starting to use the word “domicology” to define the study of policies, practices and consequences of what happens to empty buildings.
Construction Management’s George Berghorn and Urban & Regional Planning’s Rex Lamore are quoted throughout this article.
posted on June 30, 2017 12:45pm2017-06-30T12:45:40
Last month, the Michigan State University (MSU) Urban & Regional Planning Program received funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Passenger Transportation to assess the condition of Michigan’s transit system with the help of Michigan’s 79 transit agencies. The purpose of this $107K grant is to extend the current study, “Measuring and Reporting Michigan’s Transit System Condition,” through 2018.
posted on June 19, 2017 11:22am2017-06-19T11:22:18
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.”
posted on May 9, 2017 12:04pm2017-05-09T12:04:57
In 2015, the MSU Urban & Regional Planning Program received funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Passenger Transportation for a study on “Measuring Customer Satisfaction and Identifying Trip Purpose. . .” MSU will design, implement, collect and evaluate data across 78 Michigan transit agencies (over a three-year period) under guidance from Associate Professor Eva Kassens-Noor and Assistant Professor Zeenat Kotval-Karamchandani.
posted on May 9, 2017 11:11am2017-05-09T11:11:17
In January 2015, the Michigan State University (MSU) Center for Global Change and Earth Observations (CGCEO) received three years of funding from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to study “Urbanization and Sustainability Under Global Change and Transitional Economies: Synthesis from Southeast, East and North Asia (SENA).” The study will conclude in 2018. . . Urban & Regional Planning Program’s Associate Professor Peilei Fan, from the School of Planning, Design and Construction and CGCEO, leads the project with Jiquan Chen, professor from the CGCEO and the Department of Geography, Environment, and Spatial Sciences (GEO). Zutao Yang, GEO postdoctoral research associate, is also part of the team.
posted on April 27, 2017 2:47pm2017-04-27T14:47:12
Peilei Fan, associate professor of urban and regional planning in both the School of Planning, Design and Construction and MSU’s Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, has been named a Fulbright Scholar.