This MSU Landscape Architecture (LA) 447 course provides students with the opportunity to define, develop and carry out an extensive and detailed design projects that are based upon a real site, program needs and client input. Background research, inventory and analysis, program development, site design, design development/illustrative graphics details, written material and oral presentations are the approach to the project. The projects are individually tailored by the student, with a variety of different detail being developed in the master plan and site design phases.
The overall objective of this course is for the student to take a design project from initial master plan conception through the site design phase, as an independent project manager, responsible for all aspects of the project's development. This combination of organizational, creative and communication skills bring together all elements of past courses and experiences to arrive at creative and implementable solutions to the project needs.
Carriage Hills Shopping Center was the focus of the 2014 LA447 course project. This is an existing retail site located in the East Lansing, MI. Students were responsible for defining the site boundaries with the commercial portion of the site as the required site for redevelopment.
This was a challenging piece of property for redevelopment, but it was very reflective of trying to create a neighborhood and sense of place for the six neighborhoods that are adjacent to it. The property is located near several main transportation corridors and has close proximity to Michigan State University. The design question was to create a place for people to live, work and “play.” This project included five-year and 50-year plans.