Transdisciplinary Urbanism Studio: swlab energy farm

networked infrastructures, research and practice


Professor Constance C. Bodurow

[Coordinator of the m.U.D. program in Sustainable Urbanism, and Director of studio[Ci]@Lawrence Technological University Prof. Bodurow directs funded design research in Detroit, with a focus on the role of density (social,cultural,infrastructural), net zero energy, and ‘blue, green, gray + white’ infrastructure in sustainable urbanism. She has recently expanded her research agenda to address design opportunities related to generative uses for vacancy. She has been widely published and funded by the AIA, LISC, MSHDA and the Ford Motor Company Fund. This transdisciplinary studio format builds on the Faculty’s design expertise and research agenda on the role of infrastructure in the Great Lakes Basin/region’s growth and sustainability.

Lauren Hetzel, Graduate Teaching Assistant, M.Arch Candidate

As a graduate of the inaugural [TU] Studio led by Professor Bodurow, Lauren is working with the fall [TU] Studio as a Teaching Assistant. Lauren holds a degree in Architecture with a minor in Horticulture from Clemson University. She is currently pursuing a Master of Architecture and expects to graduate this December. Her experience has been in both academia and practice, working previously as a Graduate Research Assistant at LTU and interning at SmithGroup JJR. Lauren’s research interests include adaptive reuse, mid-century architecture, and community-driven design.

Dustin Altschul, M.Arch + m.U.D Candidate 

As an undergraduate Dustin studied Architectural Engineering Technology at the University of Cincinnati.And is now working towards a Master of Architecture and Master of Urban Design at Lawrence Tech. His professional experience has been diversified between architecture, construction, sustainable design consulting, land development, and mechanical engineering. Personal design philosophy is to unearth disciplinary intersections, and use that as the inspirational source for discovering sustainable design solutions of  the built environment. Presently Dustin has been more focused on the urban scale by working as a graduate research student for studio[Ci], and participating in a “Urban Studies for Smart Cities” summer school hosted by Politechno di Torino in Turino, Italy.

Gania Kandalaft, M.Arch Candidate

Gania received her Bachelor of Architecture from Lawrence Technological University and is now working towards obtaining a Master of Architecture from LTU. Her professional experience includes working for architecture firms in the metro Detroit area and a non-profit organization focused on the historic preservation of Detroit. Gania’s interests include historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Although she does not have much experience with the sustainable aspects found in this project, Gania is excited to see what she can contribute to and learn from this studio.

AJ Chenchun Yang, M.Arch Candidate

AJ’s undergraduate degree is in Architecture from Zhejiang University of Technology. He is a graduate student in the Master of Architecture at the Lawrence Technological University. Through the studies in Lawrence Tech, he has become interested in understanding how green infrastructure can be a part of cities and how ecological systems and net-zero energy are practiced in architecture and on an urban scale. Currently, he is a graduate student in [TU]Studio led by Professor Bodurow. This is his first studio at Lawrence Tech, where he is excited to participate in a project to create a “Hybridized ecosystem and Architecture”.



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