Three teams from the University of Michigan were among those honored in the Student Design Summit, a competition to find the “voices of young people” on a once-in-a-lifetime project to design a plaza that connects the Detroit Institute of Arts and its neighboring Midtown cultural institutions.
The three teams swept the honorable mention categories, which included interactive design, product design and overall design. Participants came from U-M’s School of Information and the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. The team that won the grand prize came from Wayne State University.
The multi-school competition was funded by U-M, and organized by Paul Fontaine, a lecturer at the Taubman College and program manager of the Michigan Engaging Community through the Classroom Initiative.