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Beacon Park wins CREW Detroit Award

DTE Energy's Beacon Park Detroit wins the CREW Detroit 2018 Impact Award for New Construction. CREW noted that "beyond the park’s beauty, the public space also acts as a catalyst for cultural vibrancy and economic development." Thanks to our core design team of Giffels Webster, Peter Bass

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livingLAB joins group of Green Infrastructure professionals brought together by DFC

Detroit Future City, in an effort to advance the understanding of barriers to green infrastructure implementation in the City of Detroit, has brought together a workgroup of designers, installers, regulators, community leaders, consultants, and permitting officials for 5 discussion meetings.  Each

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Courtney at the Annual IES Conference in Boston

In a presentation at the Annual IES (Illuminating Engineering Society) Conference in Boston, Courtney Piotrowski (livingLAB) and Brienne Willcock (illuminart) focused on the intense collaboration process between Landscape Architect and Lighting Designer on the road to an intricately planned environm

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Diverse and Vibrant Public Spaces and Streets coming to Southwest Detroit

The West Vernor Corridor Neighborhood Framework is one of several initiatives by the City of Detroit Planning Department to strengthen neighborhoods throughout the city. This year-long effort honors the large amounts of time, thinking and resources that community members have invested in planning ne

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Input Gathered for Eliza Howell Park Concept Plan at Brightmoor Days in Northwest Detroit

To inform our planning process, livingLAB attended Brightmoor Days, a community celebration held in Eliza Howell Park, on Saturday May 19 to gather input from the community about their hopes for the park.  We are working with the inspiring and creative folks at Sidewalk Detroit, who have been pivo

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Grey to Green Conference in Toronto

livingLABers headed to Toronto for the Grey to Green conference.  The conference included a Tuesday tour of Corktown Common, a park designed for flood mitigation from the Don River into a newly redeveloped portion of the city.  The park integrated stormwater management and thoughtful topographic

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5-Year Parks + Recreation Planning

Having just wrapped up assisting Redford Township complete their new 5-Year Parks + Recreation Plan, we’re staying busy with 5-Year Plans. Public hearings are scheduled for a Joint Plymouth Community Parks + Recreation Master Plan, and we’re just getting started with fieldwork and inventories in

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Dearborn Multi-Modal Transportation Plan Underway

livingLAB is excited to be working with our friends at The Greenway Collaborative on the development of The City of Dearborn Multi-Modal Transportation Plan. The project is being guided by a great advisory committee made up of more than 30 representatives from a variety of local and regional organiz

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livingLAB Presents at MRPA Trail Summit

livingLAB’s Courtney Piotrowski, PLA, along with folks from Prein & Newhof and the City of Grand Rapids, presented at the mParks Trail Summit in Detroit on February 6. The panel presentation, "Trails As Green Infrastructure: Going Green and Getting There", focused on lessons learned from impl

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Gainsboro Park in Pleasant Ridge Selected 2017 MRPA Park Design Winner!

Congratulations to the City of Pleasant Ridge on this prestigious design award! Gainsboro Park, designed by livingLAB, was completed in the summer of 2017. This linear greenspace flanking the Canadian National Railway was transformed from an underutilized, disconnected space to an integrated park st

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