News from across Turtle Island

  • The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) Recognizes MSU AFRE’s Excellence

    AAEA 2017 Annual Meeting Seal

    Posted on July 18, 2017 8:48pm

    The Agricultural and Applied Economics Association (AAEA) is the world’s leading professional association for this field of study, and AFRE faculty and students are major contributors to the Association. This year has been particularly outstanding for AFRE with several AAEA recognitions of our faculty achievements.

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

    Person typing on computer keyboard.

    Posted on July 18, 2017 11:41am

    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.

    Launched in May, this non-credit course, provides the same in-depth working knowledge of the NCI Charrette System with an emphasis on design thinking as if you were attending the training in-person. It also offers advanced collaborative innovation processes.

  • Connecting blighted Great Lakes cities to boost economy

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

    Posted on July 14, 2017 3:36pm

    The Great Lakes connect many blighted cities in a network that could supply recycled building materials.That’s just one of the ways that domicology could spur the region’s economic development, according to a recent report by the Michigan State University Center for Community and Economic Development and the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission.

    Construction Management’s George Berghorn is quoted in this article.

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

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

    Posted on July 13, 2017 3:04pm

    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. In the mid-1880s, the peak of the lumbering era, Muskegon was a bustling hub for processing logs into timber shipped across the Great Lakes region. Chicago was rebuilt after the fire of 1871 with timber from Muskegon. Advocates of the city’s port would like to see some of that timber come back. That could happen if Muskegon became a hub for deconstructing some of those same cities it helped build.

    Urban & Regional Planning’s Rex Lamore is quoted in this article.

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

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

    Posted on July 12, 2017 2:21pm

    You may recycle in your home, but did you know the building itself can be recycled? A group of researchers at Michigan State University studying the science of domicology—the term they use to describe the policies, practices and consequences of abandoned structures—are examining how wood from abandoned buildings can be reused. The average Michigan home holds about 6,000 board feet of lumber, enough to fill two school buses, according to George Berghorn, assistant professor of construction management at Michigan State University. And there are 244,000 abandoned homes in Michigan.

    Construction Management’s George Berghorn is quoted in this article.

  • Reclaim Detroit finds treasure in blighted homes

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

    Posted on July 11, 2017 1:21pm

    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. At first, they thought there was a body in the house, said Jeremy Haines, executive director of Reclaim Detroit. On closer inspection, workers realized it was just a mannequin. Fake body parts aside, the house the organization was taking apart was one among many abandoned houses in Detroit. According to a U.S. Census five-year estimate, over 183,000 homes in Detroit are vacant—making up 75 percent of the vacant houses in Michigan.

    • Construction Management’s George Berghorn is quoted in this article.

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

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

    Posted on July 11, 2017 11:15am

    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. The event will include 10 master talks, 800 conference attendees, 12 mobile workshops and 26 breakout sessions. On Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, National Charrette Institute’s (NCI) interim director Wayne Beyea, and Bill Lennertz, founder and lead trainer, will present a pre-conference workshop on Charrette Planning for Urban Space Leaders. During this workshop, attendees will learn how collaboration by design is transforming urban centers globally.

  • Defining domicology: Study of practices and consequences of abandoning buildings

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

    Posted on July 10, 2017 11:42am

    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. What do you call that?

    Researchers at Michigan State University are starting to use the word “domicology” to define the study of policies, practices and consequences of what happens to empty buildings.

    Construction Management’s George Berghorn and Urban & Regional Planning’s Rex Lamore are quoted throughout this article.

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

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

    Posted on June 30, 2017 12:45pm

    Last month, the Michigan State University (MSU) Urban & Regional Planning Program received funding from the Michigan Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Office of Passenger Transportation to assess the condition of Michigan’s transit system with the help of Michigan’s 79 transit agencies. The purpose of this $107K grant is to extend the current study, “Measuring and Reporting Michigan’s Transit System Condition,” through 2018.

  • A new book by AFRE Food Security Group team

    Banner for book release: Strengthening Regional Agricultural Integration in West Africa: Key Findings & Policy Implications

    Posted on June 28, 2017 10:30am

    Strengthening Regional Agricultural Integration in West Africa: Key Findings & Policy Implications

    Edited by: John M. Staatz, Boubacar Diallo and Nathalie M. Me-Nsope
    A joint e-publication by the Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture and Michigan State University, June 2017

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