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Placemaking Studio builds upon lessons of previous studios but also emphasizes the making of compelling spatial and architectural relationships that speak to our human nature and connect us to surroundings and to each other. The course project proposed converting a shopping center and office complex, located along the St. Joseph River in Niles, MI, into a usable urban space that draws people to the city center and the rivers edge. Site requirements included a chapel, meeting hall, farmer’s market, mixed-use buildings,  library, and exterior gardens. My design was the only scheme that placed the semi-private space in the center of the site flanked by private buildings—mixed-use faces the street matching the context of Niles—townhouses face the river—all increase the cities tax base while providing the site owner a greater return on their investment.

Model is on display at Andrews University.

 

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Mark Smith

Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and my design company is located in Stevensville, Michigan where I reside with my wife and two children. 

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Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Mark Smith and I reside in Stevensville, Michigan my wife and two children. I have been interested in Architecture since my boyhood days; however, because of my families business—a lumberyard—I never really got a chance to pursue my dream until later in my career. Read more...

 

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