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April 18 open house showcases Lawrence Tech student proposals for downtown Detroit

Release Date: April 12, 2012

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – A student exhibition of proposed projects along Woodward Avenue will be displayed at an open house of detroitSHOP, Lawrence Technological University’s experimental design studio, on Wednesday, April 18, 3-8 p.m. in the Dime Building, 719 Griswold, Detroit.

The studio opened in January in office space donated by Bedrock Real Estate Services, a subsidiary of Quicken Loans. It was established by Associate Professor Amy Green Deines, chair of Lawrence Tech’s Department of Art and Design in the College of Architecture and Design, and Assistant Professor Peter Beaugard.

Eighteen Lawrence Tech students were asked to develop proposals for Woodward Avenue between Jefferson Avenue and Grand Circus Park. Four teams developed a master plan for the development area, and then each team member worked on a specific project. Management students worked on business plans for the projects.

The intent of the detroitSHOP studio is to balance theoretical course work with real-world applications and community engagement.

“The academic model is to focus on Detroit with a multi-disciplinary approach that utilizes  architecture, interior architecture, graphic design, and urban design,” Deines said. “The students have been asked to tackle design issues in a much more collaborative way.”

The ultimate goal is to make downtown Detroit a more attractive place to live, work and visit. “I believe our architecture and design students should study the urban environment in Detroit and help change the shape and structure of a post-industrial city,” Deines said.

Lawrence Technological University, www.ltu.edu, is a private university founded in 1932 that offers more than 100 programs through the doctoral level in its Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering, and Management. Students benefit from small class sizes and experienced faculty who provide a real-world, hands-on, “theory and practice” education. Activities on Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus include over 60 student groups and NAIA varsity sports.