U-M Detroit Center

The 10,500-square-foot Detroit Center was opened yesterday on the ground floor of Orchestra Place. Eighteen University of Michigan units will participate in the center, which houses offices, classrooms, meeting space, exhibitions and lectures. Most importantly, it will serve as a base for faculty, staff and students working in the city.

The Detroit Center will bridge the resources and efforts of UM and its activities in the city — prior to the opening, the university had no central academic workspace, which made sharing resources difficult. The university has been active in the city for decades, but wished to serve as a better resource and beacon of opportunity. One program that will be located in the new Detroit Center is a partnership with Detroit community organizations to provide wireless technology access for the city. Another is the annual “Detroit Design Charrette“, a project through the Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning that brings students to the city to research and propose solutions to urban problems. (See The Michigan Daily article for more information.)

This sounds like a fantastic resource for the city and I’m looking forward to future UM-Detroit partnerships and projects through the Detroit Center. And also, just because I feel like it: Go Blue.

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