livingLAB Detroit http://livinglabdetroit.com Thu, 01 Jun 2017 16:18:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MoGo: Detroit Bike Share Launched! http://livinglabdetroit.com/bike-share-stations-popping-around-detroit/ Wed, 24 May 2017 14:46:40 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1782 The official MoGo launch party was quite a success!  On May 23, Detroit Bike Share – officially called “MoGo” – officially launched with a press event followed by a mass send-off of hundreds of bike riders destined for stations around Detroit.  This effectively stocked every station around the City at once.  livingLAB is super excited […]

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The official MoGo launch party was quite a success!  On May 23, Detroit Bike Share – officially called “MoGo” – officially launched with a press event followed by a mass send-off of hundreds of bike riders destined for stations around Detroit.  This effectively stocked every station around the City at once.  livingLAB is super excited to have played a role in the siting and permitting of the stations and in helping distribute 3 bikes to the Second & Prentis station in front of the Green Garage!  The first phase of implementation included 43 stations housing 430 bikes in 10 neighborhoods.  Bikes can be rented from one station and returned to the same station or any other station around the City.  Rental fees can be paid at the station, at select retail locations, or through an app.  More information about MoGo can be found here: mogodetroit.org.

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2017-2018 Kresge KIP:D Grant Projects Announced! http://livinglabdetroit.com/2017-2018-kresge-kipd-grant-projects-announced/ Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:02:10 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1760 livingLAB led planning processes that resulted in 2 neighborhood organizations receiving additional funds as announced by The Kresge Foundation today.  $2 million will fund 17 new projects aimed at revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods in the third and final round of the foundation’s $5 million Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) initiative launched three years ago.  Walk Woodbridge and Barham Greenway […]

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livingLAB led planning processes that resulted in 2 neighborhood organizations receiving additional funds as announced by The Kresge Foundation today.  $2 million will fund 17 new projects aimed at revitalizing Detroit neighborhoods in the third and final round of the foundation’s $5 million Kresge Innovative Projects: Detroit (KIP:D) initiative launched three years ago.  Walk Woodbridge and Barham Greenway + Farmway were included in the pool of 17 recipients.

The Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corporation will continue progress on implementing their plan to increase pedestrian and bicyclist safety, mobility, and connectivity within the Woodbridge neighborhood and with the broader surrounding neighborhoods.  Strategies investigated in the planning process included rezoning to encourage mixed-use development, development of a communication/education plan, recreation and health programs, protected bike lanes, traffic calming improvements such as mini traffic circles, curb extensions and painted curbs, priority corridor sidewalk replacement, coordinated alley improvements, and increasing the organizational capacity of the CDC and WNDC.  The neighborhood was engaged throughout the process with opportunities paired with existing neighborhood events to allow for input on a personal level and across a broader cross-section of the community.  Attendance was encouraged via email, social media, phone calls, and fliers.

U-SNAP-BAC will transform a largely vacant, half-mile stretch of Barham Street into an innovative public greenway and farmway in the Morningside neighborhood.  The goal of the project is to minimize initial capital investment requirements for urban farmers such as land acquisition, environmental assessments and clean-up, fencing, access to water, storage, and equipment.  By activating this largely-vacant land, farmers will gain access to land on a rent-to-own basis and have immediate impacts on illegal dumping, failing infrastructure, and vacancy common in the area.  Improvements in safety and aesthetics will pave the way for green venture business establishment.  U-SNAP-BAC will facilitate the process, project, and configuration for the land along Barham Street to function as ‘condo-ized’ plots and farms.  Additional benefits to the neighborhood include employment opportunities and local job creation, engagement through programs and activities along the farmway, gleaning days for neighbors to harvest fresh foods, as well as community garden space for residents to farm small plots and learn about green venture business and food production.

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livingLAB supports the future of Detroit design at University of Michigan’s Warrendale neighborhood feedback session http://livinglabdetroit.com/livinglab-supports-future-detroit-design-university-michigans-warrendale-neighborhood-feedback-session/ Tue, 21 Mar 2017 19:19:27 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1747 On Saturday, March 11, third-year University of Michigan Landscape Architecture Masters Students held their final studio presentation in the community that was the focus of their studies.  Looking at a variety of ideas for branding and development throughout Detroit’s Warrendale neighborhood, the LA students presented concepts ranging from a neighborhood who identified themselves by the avian […]

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On Saturday, March 11, third-year University of Michigan Landscape Architecture Masters Students held their final studio presentation in the community that was the focus of their studies.  Looking at a variety of ideas for branding and development throughout Detroit’s Warrendale neighborhood, the LA students presented concepts ranging from a neighborhood who identified themselves by the avian habitat at the core of every block to a booming Panicum virgatum biofuel industry providing a source of sustainable heat to the neighborhood.  Each design was underpinned by the importance of green infrastructure and reducing or eliminating the amount of stormwater reaching DWSD’s over-stressed sewer system.  Holding the final presentation in the community rather than in the studio helped minimize that inevitable cognitive dissonance that occurs between a student in a classroom with a map and real people living in real places.  livingLAB was excited to be a part of this event to learn, provide feedback, and engage in conversations about design, Detroit, stormwater, and big plans for little parts of our city.  Thanks, as always, to Professor Joan Nassauer for her timely and relevant studios that expose students to the topics and conversations on the tongues of every planner, designer, and landscape architect in Detroit!

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It’s official! Lauren is a Licensed Landscape Architect! http://livinglabdetroit.com/official-livinglaber-lauren-hoffman-licensed-landscape-architect/ Tue, 28 Feb 2017 19:46:30 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1755 After what seems like eternity, Lauren Hoffman recently received her fourth Landscape Architecture Registration Exam results, and SHE PASSED!  Now registered in the State of Michigan, she can officially call herself a Landscape Architect at livingLAB.  Congratulations, Lauren!

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After what seems like eternity, Lauren Hoffman recently received her fourth Landscape Architecture Registration Exam results, and SHE PASSED!  Now registered in the State of Michigan, she can officially call herself a Landscape Architect at livingLAB.  Congratulations, Lauren!

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livingLAB measures for Bike Share in Detroit!!! http://livinglabdetroit.com/livinglab-measures-bike-share-detroit/ Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:01:22 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1731 livingLAB has been having fun (especially when it isn’t freezing…) making our way around the City of Detroit measuring potential sites for Bike Share stations!  The Downtown Detroit Partnership and Shift Transit plan to open Detroit’s first public Bike Share Spring 2017. With 43 stations and 430 bikes, Bike Share will provide short-term bike rental through […]

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livingLAB has been having fun (especially when it isn’t freezing…) making our way around the City of Detroit measuring potential sites for Bike Share stations!  The Downtown Detroit Partnership and Shift Transit plan to open Detroit’s first public Bike Share Spring 2017. With 43 stations and 430 bikes, Bike Share will provide short-term bike rental through a network of wireless, solar-powered kiosks. Can’t wait to try it out!

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livingLAB team awarded Southwest Detroit / West Vernor Corridor neighborhood vitalization project. http://livinglabdetroit.com/livinglab-team-awarded-southwest-detroit-west-vernor-corridor-neighborhood-vitalization-project/ Wed, 07 Dec 2016 17:42:37 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1685 livingLAB’s team, composed of Goody Clancy as prime consultant, Giffels Webster, and Zimmerman/Volk Associates with W-ZHA and Global Detroit serving as subs, was awarded the Southwest Detroit / West Vernor Corridor project by the City of Detroit.  The project’s goal is to create a comprehensive neighborhood framework including an implementation strategy for viaduct repairs, streetscape […]

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livingLAB’s team, composed of Goody Clancy as prime consultant, Giffels Webster, and Zimmerman/Volk Associates with W-ZHA and Global Detroit serving as subs, was awarded the Southwest Detroit / West Vernor Corridor project by the City of Detroit.  The project’s goal is to create a comprehensive neighborhood framework including an implementation strategy for viaduct repairs, streetscape improvements, open space and green stormwater infrastructure enhancements, affordable- and market-rate housing rehabilitation opportunities, and truck route assessments.

The project will embrace community engagement throughout the framework process, under the direction of the City’s planning department. A series of public meetings will be held to collect input from a variety of residents and stakeholder groups.

This project will advance community planning efforts already underway, and will support future citywide master plan initiatives around Open Space, Historic Preservation, Stormwater Management, and Mobility/ Streetscapes.  livingLAB is excited to be a part of such a strong team, and looking forward to continuing our efforts within the City.

Read more about the City of Detroit’s planning efforts here.

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livingLAB receives WBE Certification http://livinglabdetroit.com/livinglab-receives-wbe-certification/ Wed, 16 Nov 2016 22:27:18 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1668 Proud to announce that livingLAB is now officially certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US.

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Proud to announce that livingLAB is now officially certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) through the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the nation’s largest third-party certifier of businesses owned and operated by women in the US.women-owned-primary-rgb_wbe_09-07-16_v1

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Gainsboro Park Project Update http://livinglabdetroit.com/gainsboro-park-project-update/ Wed, 12 Oct 2016 15:17:02 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1550 A LOT has happened since our original post about the Gainsboro Park project….. Construction is nearing completion for the linear park that stretches for nearly a half-mile along the eastern edge of Pleasant Ridge.  This will be the culmination of a 16-month planning, design, and construction project that started back in July of 2015 with livingLAB […]

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A LOT has happened since our original post about the Gainsboro Park project…..

Construction is nearing completion for the linear park that stretches for nearly a half-mile along the eastern edge of Pleasant Ridge.  This will be the culmination of a 16-month planning, design, and construction project that started back in July of 2015 with livingLAB teaming up with the community for a week long mobileLAB. (check out the project and process on the “what we do” page here).

The construction process is often difficult and inconvenient – especially for the residents.  However, they are now starting to see their vision of a more connected park take shape. Some of the highlights include: closing Gainsboro Ave. to vehicles and transforming it into a 14-foot wide non-motorized path that connects the north and south ends of the park, improved connectivity and access to the park for residents, additional benches and bike racks, community garden space, incorporation of bioswales and rain gardens to control storm water, community gathering and seating areas near the Heart of the Park, an amazing new playground for 5-12 year olds, new dog park facilities with better connectivity to them, refurbished tennis, pickle-ball, and basketball courts, improved parking areas, and updated landscaping throughout.

livingLAB is proud to be a part of this project and identifies it as a textbook example of how strong collaboration between the design team and the residents of a community can help shape a project!

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Detroit’s Newest Park Rising! http://livinglabdetroit.com/detroits-newest-park-rising/ Tue, 11 Oct 2016 20:20:54 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1532 Progress is being made across the street from DTE Energy’s Detroit Headquarters on Grand River Public Space. Steel is going up for the restaurant building anchoring the Cass Avenue and Grand River Avenue corner of the park. Look for continued updates as the project progresses toward a Summer 2017 opening.

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Progress is being made across the street from DTE Energy’s Detroit Headquarters on Grand River Public Space. Steel is going up for the restaurant building anchoring the Cass Avenue and Grand River Avenue corner of the park. Look for continued updates as the project progresses toward a Summer 2017 opening.

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Welcome Lauren Hoffman! http://livinglabdetroit.com/1493-2/ Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:47:37 +0000 http://livinglabdetroit.com/?p=1493 Welcome Lauren Hoffman, ASLA to the livingLAB team! A life-long outdoorsman, Lauren has spent the past 7 years assessing and enhancing natural resources through design. Her assessment activities have included a myriad of survey and monitoring work including plants, pollinators, macroinvertebrates, threathened and endangered species, invasive species, prairies, natural and mitigated wetlands, and habitat suitability. […]

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Welcome Lauren Hoffman, ASLA to the livingLAB team! A life-long outdoorsman, Lauren has spent the past 7 years assessing and enhancing natural resources through design. Her assessment activities have included a myriad of survey and monitoring work including plants, pollinators, macroinvertebrates, threathened and endangered species, invasive species, prairies, natural and mitigated wetlands, and habitat suitability.

Her designs have been constructed in urban centers and state parks; in rivers and forests; on Great Lakes shorelines and brownfield sites. She has developed creative solutions for issues surrounding water quality, accessibility, recreation, parking, circulation, combined sewer overflows, irrigation, education and contamination. Lauren adds another level of depth to livingLAB and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her!

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