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Laura Walker

Architect | Artist, Smithgroup in Detroit, MI

1001 Woodward Plaza

PRESENTED ON MAY 10, 2018
IN DETROIT @ VOL 35

Adjacent to Detroit’s lively Campus Martius Park, the 1001 Woodward Plaza site was perfectly positioned to serve as a node in a growing network of human-scaled projects reinvigorating Downtown Detroit. Laura Walker and her team have transformed the plaza, and re-appropriated from a private area into an inclusive, public space, impacting the urban neighborhood by supporting activity within the greater community context.

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Community, Collaboration and Design

BY ERIC STARK
@ VOL 14 ON MAR 21, 2013

Eric Stark goes into depth on a selection of community-oriented student projects worked on in the past 6 years of the University of Maine's Architecure program.

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Creating a Community Center

BY BRUCE HEMSTOCK
@ VOL 3 ON JUL 27, 2013

Landsacpe architect Bruce Hemstock describes the process of building Westminster Pier Park, a task that entailed rejuvinating the architecture and reinstating natural landmarks. The park now serves as a social gathering place where people can enjoy time with family and friends while appreciating the natural beauty around them.

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Sexy and Community

BY KATE MALONE AND STEPHEN PEY
@ MADE IN LONDON ON SEP 17, 2014

Kate Malone and Stephen Pey worked together to create a building with hand made glazed tiles and design. After many trials and errors of cracking ceramic tiles, the finished product was to make something sexy but have the sense of community in the finished building. Which makes the hard work all worth while. 

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Community Participation and Architecture

BY MARY GILMORE
@ VOL 17 ON MAY 13, 2015

"We wanted every design decision that we made to be affordable, made locally, and something that could teach a skill."

In Community Participation and Architecture, from PechaKucha Night New OrleansVol. 17, architect Mary Gilmore, shares her master’s thesis on Community Participation and Architecture. Her belief is that if people participated in the design and construction of a building, not only will they become stake holders in the process, but also learn something.  To put her thesis into practice, Mary moved to India and then later to Mali, West Africa with the Peace Corps.  Now as a practicing architect here in the states, she is has rediscovered the notion of community participation and architecture.

This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Monday, October 19th, 2015. 

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Design-Build Education: Creating a New Education Center for Beardsley Community Farm

BY JENNIFER AKERMAN
@ VOL 16 ON AUG 06, 2015

Presented with Bud Archer and Bailey Green. 

Students and faculty from the University of Tennessee’s College of Architecture and Design will present on the benefits of design-build education as illustrated by an innovative new building being created for Beardsley Community Farm in Knoxville—a non-profit urban demonstration farm promoting food security and sustainable agriculture. Design-build education through architectural design courses at UT enabled making a building that reinforces Beardsley’s mission. The new structure will operate as a teaching tool helping farm staff and volunteers more effectively engage the public about the benefits of local sustainable farming. It also creates significant public spaces for the benefit of the community at large.

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1001 Ideas

BY CARLOS EDUARDO VARGAS
@ VOL 7 ON DEC 12, 2017

El joven venezolano, Carlos Eduardo Vargas, nos cuenta cómo llegó a crear el proyecto 1001 Ideas para mi País. Carlos, ha dedicado su vida al servicio público y social, y nos cuenta como éste proyecto ha logrado crear ecosistemas juveniles para sociedades innovadoras. 

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Architecture in Northern Alaska.

BY KLAUS MAYER
IN ANCHORAGE

Klaus Mayer shares his experience designing housing in the remote northern community of Kivalina, Alaska and experimenting with growing mycelium to create building insulation.

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The 1001 stories of climate change'

BY CATHERINE HEINEMEYER
@ VOL 17 ON OCT 30, 2018

Catherine Heinemeyer convinces us that stories are one the most valuable natural resources we have in the fight against climate change'. She discusses how folktales and religious stories absorbed early in life form the cognitive building blocks with which we understand complex situations such as climate change, and how collective action to combat it depends on our ability to hear and understand the stories invoked by different 'narrative tribes'.

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Woodward Shakespeare Festival

BY RENEE NEWLOVE
@ VOL 34 ON NOV 28, 2018

Woodward Shakespeare Festival provides FREE shows in the named Fresno park in the Summer.  Learn how to be a part of this non-profit that provides culture for our community.