Lawrence Technological University is a teaching university with a focus on applied research – a focus that inspires the faculty at CoAD to foreground research and creative agendas that are inclusive, significant, and community- focused. CoAD faculty members maintain research and design labs that allow students to become partners in research and create the innovations needed to mitigate social and environmental problems. These research labs and centers include makeLab™ (digital fabrication and entrepreneurship), the Detroit Studio and the Public Interest Design Workshop (urban design and community outreach), studio [Ci] (urban density and infrastructure research), the International Design Clinic (socially-responsive art and architecture), Larry&Friends (street art), and detroitSHOP (urban design and entrepreneurship). CoAD faculty routinely publish blogs, install exhibits and participate in public talks and events, so that their ideas might be offered to the broadest public possible. Faculty blogs include Activist Architecture (Professor Edward Orlowski), Architecture in the Light of Day (Professor Martin Schwartz) and makeLab Blog (Professor Jim Stevens).