Master of Landscape Architecture Student Erica Shearer Remaking Detroit by Design

The population of Detroit fell by 25% between 2000 and 2010. While the Motor City make news for its growing number of vacant lots and abandoned homes, community groups are working hard to revitalize their city. Their efforts attracted the attention of Master of Landscape Architecture student Erica Shearer, who is working on a project exploring the role designers can play in community building. "While the city has been struggling for decades, the people have adapted. Amazing things are happening," saysShearer, who has been conducting a series of interviews and focus group with residents to understand how landscape architects can benefit from adapting the models of engagement used by successful community groups around Detroit. "I have listened to the…

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Keep Your Eye on the Time … and 'Eight Hour Day' in 2012

Graphic Design USA magazine put Katie Kirk (BS Design Communication '01) and Nathan Strandberg (BS Design Communication '99) on its People to Watch list in 2012. The Minneapolis-based couple runs Eight Hour Day, a design boutique with a wide range of clients including Target, The New York Times, Wired, Moët Hennessy, and the Walker Art Center.The vision of Eight Hour Day is to create work that is honest; solutions that are exploratory, educational and inspirational; and creative that is conceptually interesting and visually stunning. Their typical day working together – when they aren't traveling the country – starts with coffee, blogs, and emails. The heavy design lifting happens after lunch and a short walk. During their time at the…

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Monday Minute, February 13, 2012: Compact Feedback

Dear Colleagues, I'll keep this week's email short. As I noted in last week's Monday Minute, a draft of our FY13 compact is available for comment (you'll need your x500 login to view the document.) It is due into the Provost's office on Friday. If you have any feedback, please be sure to send it my way no later than 4pm Wednesday. Our formal presentation in next Wednesday, the 22nd. Thanks for your interest and thoughts. I look forward to reporting back on these and other conversations during the next Faculty Assembly. Have a good week. Tom…

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