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4D Design and Sculpture Alumni Part of Detroit's Newlab Featured in The New York Times

April 28th, 2023

Caroline del Guidice works in a metal shop at Michigan Central, an innovation hub that Ford Motor is developing in Detroit. Courtesy The New York Times

Cranbrook Academy of Art alumni were featured by The New York Times in an article about Newlab at Michigan Central in Detroit, a community of innovators and partner with Ford. Caroline del Guidice (MFA Sculpture 2020) is the Art and Product Realization Manager and Steven Kuypers (4D Design 2021) is the Director of Product Realization at Newlab which officially opened earlier this week. Kuypers is a graduate of the inaugural class of 4D Design students, and del Guidice was the first student to take on 4D Design as an elective.

Newlab is a community focused on collaborative innovation between designers and engineers, supported by Ford Motor Company. Ford is also building a battery research and development center in Romulus, MI, and opened the Ford Atlanta Research and Innovation Center this past October. The development hearkens back to the midcentury boom when Eero Saarinen designed GM’s original Tech Center.


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Shift to Electric Cars Gives Design Centers a New Look, Too – The New York Times

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Elective study at Cranbrook Academy of Art