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Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros to speak at MSU

Published on September 6, 2017

In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Henry Cisneros, the former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Development, will give a lecture Oct. 11, 2017, at Michigan State University.

Group participates in the Grand River Corridor Charrette. Photo courtesy ©2017 Matt Radick.

NCI Charrette System certificate training in Vancouver, BC, Nov. 14-16, 2017

Published on August 17, 2017

The National Charrette Institute at MSU is excited to announce the next NCI Charrette System certificate training in Vancouver, BC, this November!

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Ming-Han Li named MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction director

Published on August 17, 2017

Ming-Han Li was named director of the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction.

Grandchild and grandparent designing their own stadium during the Secrets of the Olympics course.

SPDC hosted two Grandparents University Courses in June

Published on August 15, 2017

Grandparents University at Michigan State University is a three-day educational experience that takes place at the end of June, where grandparents and grandchildren (ages 8-12) can live the college life of wondering on the MSU campus.

Louisiana Recovery Planning Day event. Photo by Marvin Nauman/FEMA.

NCI working with APA and FEMA on disaster preparedness

Published on August 8, 2017

The National Charrette Institute at MSU is a member of an American Planning Association-led team working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on planning and disaster preparedness.

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NCI’s new online course expands reach of traditional Charrette System training

Published on July 18, 2017

Are you interested in the NCI Charrette System certificate training, but don't have time in your busy schedule to attend an in-person event? Then, maybe the MSU National Charrette Institute's online course is a better fit for you.

Recycled doors from Materials Unlimited in Detroit. Photo by Lucy Schroeder.

Connecting blighted Great Lakes cities to boost economy

Published on July 14, 2017

The Great Lakes connect many blighted cities in a network that could supply recycled building materials.

Port of Muskegon from the air. Photo by Wikimedia Commons.

Once a hub for building cities, Muskegon could become one for taking them apart

Published on July 13, 2017

Muskegon once was called the "Lumber Queen of the World." It has been called "the Port City" and the "Riviera of the Midwest." Now, city officials hope to add "Deconstruction Hub of the Great Lakes" to the city's titles.

Cross-laminated timber products show the alternating directions in the layers of wood. Photo by Structurlam.

Recycling your home: Can structural wood be reused for the same purpose?

Published on July 12, 2017

You may recycle in your home, but did you know the building itself can be recycled?

Iron roof cresting from Detroit City Hall that Materials Unlimited is restoring. Photo by Lucy Schroeder.

Reclaim Detroit finds treasure in blighted homes

Published on July 11, 2017

Sometimes deconstruction can yield surprising finds-like human body parts. Workers with Reclaim Detroit, a nonprofit deconstruction organization, once saw a human arm among the other trash in the basement of a blighted house.

NCI's Bill Lennertz speaking at a charrette event. Photo: ©2017 Matt Radick.

Charrette planning focus of NCI workshop at International Development Association Conference in Sept

Published on July 11, 2017

The International Downtown Association (IDA) is hosting the IDA 63rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow Sept. 13-15, 2017, at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Stained glass at Materials Unlimited, an antique and restoration shop in Ypsilanti, MI. Photo by Lucy Schroeder.

Defining domicology: Study of practices and consequences of abandoning buildings

Published on July 10, 2017

Constructing, remodeling and demolishing buildings have significant environmental impacts: natural resources are used to build them and large amounts of waste are sent to landfills when they come down.

CATA bus riders getting on buses at transit station. Photo by MSU CABS.

MSU receives $107K grant from MDOT to assess the condition of Michigan’s public transit system

Published on June 30, 2017

Last month, the MSU Urban & Regional Planning Program received funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation's Office of Passenger Transportation to assess the condition of Michigan's transit system.

MSU alumna Danielle Gerlach with Professor Mark Wilson, URP Program Leader, at the College of Social Science Achievement Gala.

Urban & regional planning alumna Danielle Gerlach received Outstanding Senior Award

Published on June 22, 2017

Recent MSU graduate Danielle Gerlach was presented with the Urban & Regional Planning Program's (URP) Outstanding Senior Award.

View from above of the San Francisco International Airport.

MSU receives $350K contract from the National Academy of Sciences

Published on June 22, 2017

Last month, the MSU Construction Management Program was selected by the National Academy of Sciences Airport Cooperative Research Program to conduct research on "Integrating Collaborative Partnering into Traditional Airport Construction Projects."

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