DETROIT (WWJ) – Inside Detroit’s Dime Building, a group of Lawrence Technological University students have been working on an innovative project.
In the “Detroit Shop” students were challenged to redesign the essential business district between Grand Circus Park and Jefferson Ave.
LTU professor Amy Deines came up with the idea for this interdisciplinary class that bring the students into the city of Detroit.
“Part of the thesis of the studio is that students are working on real projects that are relevant to the city. We have a real client: Quicken Loans, Bedrock, Rock Ventures,” Deines told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Marie Osborne.
Student Victoria Berdy’s group designed for new neighborhoods for the district.
Their goal: “To start to get different types of people down here, instead of just the young professional artsy type. To try to get families down here,” she said.
The group’s designs include rock walls in the alleyways, colorful shelters for parks and colorful scaffoldings for building facades to create the illusion of urban density.
All of the students’ ideas will be presented to the client.