Placemaking at Wayne State

How can we make Wayne State University a better place?

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About this Project
President M. Roy Wilson and stakeholders from across Wayne State are leading a collaborative placemaking initiative to identify the best strategies for activating public spaces on and around our campus in Midtown Detroit.
 
Throughout the 2014 fall semester, the Placemaking Steering Committee engaged the campus and surrounding community to identify approaches to improve our campus environment. Based on this feedback, we selected and implemented four (4) projects to test in 2015 including Walk Wayne State signage, a public bike repair stand and air pump, the DIA's Inside Out paintings and flexible outdoor seating. Since then, we continue to evaluate placemaking initiatives and test new ideas. 
 
We appreciate the students, faculty, staff, alumni and neighbors that have contributed to this ongoing initiative. Please continue to share ideas, support existing ones, and offer feedback as we shape the University’s presence in Midtown. Join our mailing list for updates delivered to your inbox! 

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Great idea, Mary! The outdoor seating has seen its last day outside for this season. This could be a great way to utilize the furniture and space in the colder months. We will look into this as an option. Stay tuned!

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Posted Dec 1, 2015
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Construction is now complete at Fountain Court! There is new grass, trees, sidewalks and even the fountain is back in operation. Take care to stay off the grass as it grows roots. There will soon be outdoor seating with electrical outlets installed to facilitate your outdoor work-study needs. Tell us what you think!

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Posted Aug 24, 2015
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Check out the fountain at Fountain Court! As of this weekend it is now up and running.

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Posted Aug 24, 2015
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RandallArnold

My name is Mr.RandallArnold I would like to take up you're free cooking classes at Wayne State I love to cook I would like to own my own cooking restaurant I need to know more about these classes you can call me at 248 508-0620

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Posted Aug 7, 2015
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Wayne State University
Aug 24, 2015

Thanks, Randall! Wayne State is currently not offering free cooking classes, but it's a great idea and we are considering what that might look like.

In the meantime, please check out the WSU Farmers Market each Wednesday from 11AM-4PM. There are free cooking demonstrations almost each week. Check out the website below:

clas.wayne.edu/seedwayne/Wayne...#

Posted by Wayne State University on Aug 24, 2015
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This summer you can look forward to Fountain Court undergoing a transformation to become a more green space, perfect for having a lunchtime picnic or studying in the sun between classes.

The Fountain sculpture will remain where it is currently located, but the concrete walls will be coming down to make way for more grass, trees and benches, just in time for classes to start in September!

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Posted Jun 16, 2015
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Behold! There are plenty of bike racks coming to the new Integrative Biosciences Center (IBio), where there will also be secure indoor parking and showers. Tenants will start populating the building later this summer. More details coming soon.

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Posted Jun 15, 2015
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Jean-Luc Grosjean
Jean-Luc Grosjean
Jun 15, 2015

This is great but I'm not sure it's all necessary. The racks at the dorms (especially Towers) are always full just because people abandon their bikes there all year (about half the chains are literally rusted and tires flat). I hope these are getting placed in a place close to the main entrance, or on the Cass side if there will be an entrance on that side, not Woodward. With me, if I can't find a suitable bike rack within 15 seconds of where I'm trying to go, I just lock to a pole or sign. (In other words, smaller racks in more places are better than huge bike racks that are rare.)

Thank you for using a great design for these racks-a U parallel to the bike! Most racks on campus are either a U perpendicular to the bike which isn't as easy to lock to, or an M shape which are also hard to lock the frame, or those short long racks, like by Manoogian, that don't allow the frame to be locked at all.

I think the showers are a big asset- I don't know of any place around midtown or downtown that offers that for bicycle commuters! It's fantastic that you didn't plan for bikes as an afterthought, but integral to the design of the building! You also might want to remind people, here or elsewhere at the university or TechTown, that in many other cities, people take transit into work, carrying their bike on the bus or train, then ride home after work-half as long, and it doesn't matter if you get sweaty because you can shower in the privacy of your home!

Thank you! :)

Posted by Jean-Luc Grosjean on Jun 15, 2015
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We are pleased to announce more green space coming to main campus at the Keast Commons park behind the DeRoy Apartment Building! This under-utilized playground will be transformed to provide more space for recreation starting in June.

As for the playground equipment, much of it is end-of-life, broken and/or dangerous and will be disposed of or recycled. Any remaining equipment will be moved to the University Towers playground which is expecting a face-lift as part of the future Cass & Canfield development project.

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Posted May 29, 2015
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Tevin Jordan Monroe
Tevin Jordan Monroe
May 31, 2015

I would definitely like to see a community charcoal grill! Especially in such close proximity to two of three of the apartment buildings!

Posted by Tevin Jordan Monroe on May 31, 2015
Jean-Luc Grosjean
Jean-Luc Grosjean
Jun 15, 2015

That is a wonderful idea :):) though I think the university would want to keep their monopoly on (ahem lousy) dorm food. It is something we could lobby the city or Midtown Detroit Inc for, at a park close to campus, such as at Stone Park at Forest and the Lodge, or Art Center Park across from CCS!

Posted by Jean-Luc Grosjean on Jun 15, 2015
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