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FAU and Fort Lauderdale looking to turn property into "School of Architecture Metropolitan Studio"


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A foreclosed, falling-apart Sistrunk Boulevard plumbing supply store could get a second life showing people the way to a greener urban environment.

The city and Florida Atlantic University are talking about teaming up to turn the blighted, city-owned property west of the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks into a "living lab" where FAU's architecture students can turn their designs into reality.

Students would also use their projects to teach people in the area steps they can take toward a more sustainable life, possibly be reducing their energy usage, growing their own food or finding new ways to conserve water.

Right now, students develop their ideas on the downtown campus, but have no outlet for the real-world experience of constructing their designs, managing that construction, and learning the governmental permitting hoops they will encounter in their future careers.

"This adds a construction and environmental technologies experimentation dimension," Sandell said.

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