Sep '06 - Aug '08
As I had mentioned in a previous post, this semesters Integrated Design Studio will be focusing on urban design. Our project is to develop a proposal for a project situated in downtown Detroit, on the site of what used to be the Madison Lenox Hotel. The lot sits directly across from the Albert Kahn designed Detroit Athletic Club. The site is the current home to a parking lot owned by parking mogul Mike Ilitch, who also owns the Detroit Tigers. The building was knocked down shortly before Super Bowl 40, when is was deemed an unsafe structure. The lot was, and still is, awaiting beautification promised by the owner. The development we have been charged with creating is pretty much up in the air. The only criteria is that it house facilities that would attract a diverse mix of people to the downtown area. We will analyze the site, from the macro environment down to the site itself. We will then prepare a proposal in an attempt to draw people to Detroit. Our goal will be to create something on the level of Millennium Park in Chicago, or the Guggenheim in Spain.
*Much of this entry was paraphrased from the project description.