Architects and planners in training
Students and faculty tour Detroit on the A. Alfred Taubman College of
Architecture + Urban Planning's annual outing to the city Sept. 6. The
day-long tour, which originated several years ago as part of the Urban
and Regional Planning Program's orientation activities, is intended to
help familiarize students with Detroit's history and new developments,
its problems, and its potential. Continuing to grow in popularity, the
tour opened to architecture and urban design students last year. More
than 65 people made the trip this year, visiting sites ranging from the
historic New Center area to riverfront brownfields.
| (Photo by Ken Arbogast-Wilson, Taubman College
Of Architecture + Urban Planning)
"The tour helps our students develop a context for studying Detroit
issues," says Eric Dueweke, the college's community partnerships manager
and organizer of the tour. Students explored the soaring lobby of the
Fisher Building, saw a panoramic view of downtown from the shore of Belle
Isle, studied the intricate mosaic tile designs of the Guardian Building,
and marveled at the grandeur of the Michigan Central Depot as Dueweke
provided commentary (above). Now abandoned, the massive depot once accommodated
traffic on the scale of New York's Grand Central Station and Chicago's
"This tour was interesting to me because it meandered through areas
of the city I had never visited," says Jim Turner, professor of architecture.
"Eric's commentary was interesting from a planning perspective and included
enough building information to make it enjoyable to architects as well.
It was a Saturday well spent."