Archinect - News 2014-04-24T00:34:16-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/96582542/call-for-residents-spend-the-summer-in-detroit-with-practice-space [Call for Residents] Spend the Summer in Detroit with Practice·Space Sponsor 2014-03-27T17:28:00-04:00 >2014-04-06T14:51:01-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/dy/dydkeaso1834opon.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The Practice&middot;Space Residency program is a 4-month alternative vocational training for young architects, designers, and creatives looking to deepen existing skills collaborating on real building projects in Detroit.</p><p>Based out of a former auto garage in Detroit&rsquo;s North Corktown neighborhood, Residents are invited to collaborate with Detroit-based entrepreneurs launching new businesses in old spaces. Over the course of the 4-month term, Residents work in teams to develop architectural concepts, discover new business models, and weave compelling stories to attract the support that will allow the projects to move forward.</p><p>Beyond the project specific experience, Residents gain direct access to a network of experts and advisors, including an Off-Site studio membership, which features a dedicated desk and usage of the Practice&middot;Space workspace as a homebase.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gy/gyrdf9s2cuz5chd4.jpg"></p><p>The Residency requires a part-time commitment of 20 hours per week. The program intentionally leaves considerable time open for Residents ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/95865236/get-lectured-university-of-detroit-mercy-2013-2014 Get Lectured: University of Detroit Mercy, 2013-2014 Justine Testado 2014-03-17T13:26:00-04:00 >2014-03-22T13:40:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/24/24b1cr52hecq253y.jpg" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/384806/2014-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Archinect's Architecture School Lecture Guide for Winter/Spring 2014</a></strong><br><br>Archinect's <em>Get Lectured</em> is up and running again for the Winter/Spring '14 term! As a refresher from our <a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/329751/fall-2013-lectures" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Fall 2013 guide</a>, every week we'll feature a school's lecture series&mdash;and their snazzy posters&mdash;for the current season. If you're not doing so already, be sure to keep track of any upcoming lectures you don't want to miss.</p><p>Today's poster comes from the University of Detroit Mercy, School of Architecture. There's two lectures left for their 2013-14 Lecture Series, whose poster theme was designed in celebration of the school's 50th anniversary.</p><p><em>Want to share your school's lecture series? Send us your school's lecture series poster and details to <a href="mailto:connect@archinect.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">connect@archinect.com</a>.</em></p><p>Listed below are upcoming lectures only.</p><p><em>March 27</em><br>6:00 pm<br><strong>John Ronan</strong> / John Ronan Architects - Chicago, IL<br>at Lawrence Tech University Room A200</p><p><em>April 4</em><br>5:30 pm<br><strong>Alex Krieger </strong>/ The Regional City - Cambridge, MA<br>at University of Detroit Mercy Warren Loranger Building...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/93723586/the-pink-zone-why-detroit-is-the-new-brooklyn The Pink Zone: Why Detroit is the New Brooklyn Archinect 2014-02-17T12:28:00-05:00 >2014-02-17T12:28:56-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8c/8caf556042a40bdf327cd87e5ed76e34.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Hope for Detroit would seem far-fetched if you had been on the "pornography of ruins" tour I have been going on for years, led by various residents over the years. But, it turns out that those tours were provided by folk who had lost their beloved city. I recently began to hang around with a younger crowd: Mark Nickita, for example, an architect and a maniacal optimist, and a serial small-scale entrepreneur who runs Archive DS, an architecture and urban design firm in downtown Detroit...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/92836551/taubman-receives-1-3m-grant-to-fund-research-program-on-urban-architecture Taubman receives $1.3M grant to fund research program on urban architecture Archinect 2014-02-04T12:15:00-05:00 >2014-02-10T19:21:13-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/re/reuj56707jv6ouub.jpg" width="514" height="182" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning received a $1.3m grant Monday from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The gift will fund architecture and humanities research on metropolitan issues in cities like Detroit, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro for the next four-and-half years. The Mellon Foundation delivered the &ldquo;Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities&rdquo; grant to the University, which supports scholarship and higher education at the intersection of architecture and the humanities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/92013376/architecture-and-the-unspeakable-3-teaser-release Architecture and the Unspeakable 3 - Teaser Release johnszot 2014-01-24T20:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:27-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/8o/8ov0an7h1e1x2gf3.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Today we released a teaser for the last installment of the Architecture and the Unspeakable video series. The full video is set to premiere in Chicago on April 8th as part of the MAS CONTEXT Spring talks for 2014. See <a href="http://www.mascontext.com/news/mas-context-2014-spring-talks/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;for more details.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/91141837/detroit-institute-of-arts-330-million-pledged-to-save-the-city-s-art-collection Detroit Institute of Arts: $330 million pledged to save the city's art collection Alexander Walter 2014-01-13T13:35:00-05:00 >2014-01-13T13:36:54-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/78/78e633455569af6c695573aad2737f25.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>National and local foundations have pledged more than $330 million to a fund to protect city-owned art at the Detroit Institute of Arts from being auctioned off, mediators in Detroit&rsquo;s bankruptcy announced Monday. A statement from Chief U.S. District Court Judge Gerald Rosen&rsquo;s team of mediators called the financial commitments &ldquo;an extraordinary and unprecedented effort&rdquo; to preserve the art collection and raise money for Detroit&rsquo;s underfunded pension funds.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78905803/detroit-s-venal-art-sale-no-fix-for-urban-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit&rsquo;s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/85516194/self-proclaimed-world-s-largest-urban-farm-gets-green-light-in-detroit 'Self proclaimed 'world's largest urban farm' gets green light in Detroit Archinect 2013-11-01T11:41:00-04:00 >2013-11-04T22:13:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cb/cb8afaeac879188c72b9c689fbd465ac.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In some of Detroit's most deserted and blighted neighborhoods, where residents see little more than hopeless despair, John Hantz spotted opportunity. The wealthy businessman, founder of Hantz Group, decided to purchase and convert hundreds of acres of vacant city-owned plots into farmland. It's taken five years, but this week Gov. Rick Snyder approved the sale of nearly 150 acres, 1,500 parcels, to Hantz Woodlands, a private business, for about $500,000.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/84137563/hunting-detroit-s-masterworks-of-architecture-before-they-go-extinct Hunting Detroit's Masterworks of Architecture Before They Go Extinct Alexander Walter 2013-10-14T13:10:00-04:00 >2013-10-14T19:56:49-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/43/43440038b3f80b583772ca7a5855633c.jpg" width="514" height="383" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Though Detroit has recently been looking like it was hit by a convoy of mile-wide firenados, there remain signs of architectural grandeur illustrating why it was once known as the Paris of the Midwest. Perhaps nowhere is this faded beauty more palpable than in the large-format photography of Philip Jarmain, a Vancouver native who's spent three years shooting Detroit's sublime edifices, sometimes just months before they were wiped out by bulldozers.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Related:</p> <ul><li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78227867/can-detroit-s-architectural-past-inspire-it-to-claw-back-to-greatness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Detroit's Architectural Past Inspire It to Claw Back to Greatness?</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78908169/petition-to-block-the-demolition-of-the-state-savings-bank-in-detroit" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Petition to block the demolition of the State Savings Bank in Detroit</a></li> <li> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78905803/detroit-s-venal-art-sale-no-fix-for-urban-nightmare" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit&rsquo;s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare</a></li> </ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/79448467/editor-s-picks-328 Editor's Picks #328 Nam Henderson 2013-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T17:56:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9s/9sycjhtfqzab7jk5.jpg" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> In the latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box</strong> series Archinect interviewed <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/78908972/working-out-of-the-box-doug-johnston" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brooklyn-based designer &amp; artist Doug Johnston</a>.&nbsp;His current profession is creating "<em>objects by stitching rope together</em>" and he explains "<em>I guess sometime early on, I realized that my design work wouldn't be limited to buildings or objects, but would extend to the &lsquo;design&rsquo; or planning of a functioning business and studio practice. This guided my choice to work in smaller offices so that I could have more exposure to the nuts and bolts of generating income managing workflow and cashflow, etc...Being able to apply design thinking to the business structure itself has been really exciting and helpful</em>".</p> <p> <strong>Thayer-D</strong>&nbsp;liked what he saw "<em>Really beautiful stuff.&nbsp; It makes me think it would be incredibly useful to have architecture students actually build things besides models during school.&nbsp; If only to get a tactile understanding of what their drawings might be and what goes into realizing them</em>".</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/1200x/3a/3aqgdz9nb63vuhld.jpg"></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78923481/will-a-hockey-arena-save-detroit Will A Hockey Arena Save Detroit? Alexander Walter 2013-08-07T18:09:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T17:58:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/2r/2rh8icw387l4l3uw.jpg" width="514" height="304" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Despite filing for bankruptcy, Detroit is still on track to get a $450 million hockey arena - partially funded with public money. Host Michel Martin speaks with sportswriter Dave Zirin, who calls the move 'shameless,' and David Muller, a business reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan.</p></em><br /><br /><p> [Correction: Official images of the proposed new arena do not exist yet. The 'Old Red Barn' rendering above is an unofficial proposal via the <a href="http://newolympia.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Olympia Stadium</a> blog.]</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78908169/petition-to-block-the-demolition-of-the-state-savings-bank-in-detroit Petition to block the demolition of the State Savings Bank in Detroit Archinect 2013-08-07T13:30:00-04:00 >2013-08-14T12:39:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b3/b375a1cee7a0a30ec76674dd0261205b.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to Preservation Detroit, "The City of Detroit Historic District Commission has received a petition to demolish the State Savings Bank. The petition is subject to a public hearing, which is scheduled for the next Historic District Commission meeting on Wednesday, August 14."</p></em><br /><br /><p> Samantha Farr, an Urban Planning Graduate Student at University of Michigan, has started a petition to block the plans by Andreas Apostolopoulos, CEO of Triple Properties, to demolish the historic Beaux-Arts-Style State Savings Bank in Detroit, to make room for a parking structure. Triple Properties purchased the building in 2012.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78905803/detroit-s-venal-art-sale-no-fix-for-urban-nightmare Detroit’s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare Archinect 2013-08-07T12:46:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T12:46:34-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/db/db66878485e644f2ab5d487a341d98ad.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When companies go bankrupt, the medicine can be harsh for staff members and the local tax base, yet the effects are temporary. A bankrupt city can&rsquo;t fire citizens who pay taxes but already receive worse than subsistence services like one-hour police response times. Large cities don&rsquo;t disappear or die, they just waste into chronic basket cases, like Camden, New Jersey; Gary, Indiana; and East St. Louis, Illinois.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/78412774/interactive-decay Interactive Decay Andrew Davis 2013-08-07T11:39:00-04:00 >2013-08-07T11:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6i/6ip8c5tf4a4ei793.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>"Thanks to Data Driven Detroit, there is now an interactive map of the city's demo activity, covering both planned demolitions and those that have taken place since 2010."</p></em><br /><br /><p> The schadenfreude of Detroit is now interactive! Come one and all to experience the most fascinating cartographic advancement since the invention of Google street view. It is not altogether the best month for Detroit with the recent claim of bankruptcy now making its way through the courts. However, the truth of the city's decay should not have been a surprise given the decades long depression afflicting Detroit. The only reason the country has cause to look now is because it is afraid the sickness will spread.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78306246/detroit-recon-2 Detroit Recon #2 Archinect 2013-07-30T18:24:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:46:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3e/3e2f1eda370ce286f8c4fb0849f41ed3.jpg" width="514" height="461" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Photos from Detroit taken the summer of 2013. They include shots from Hamtramk, the Fisher Body Plant, the Thornapple Slaughterhouse, Michigan Central Station, the Brewster-Douglass housing projects, the Packard Auto Plant, the Lee Plaza Hotel, Saint Agnes church, Corktown, Eastern Market, and various other scenic spots throughout the downtown area.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Following up from yesterday's post, <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/78227867/can-detroit-s-architectural-past-inspire-it-to-claw-back-to-greatness" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Detroit's Architectural Past Inspire It to Claw Back to Greatness?</a>, today we share some photos by John Szot.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/78231112/npr-interviews-bruce-katz-author-of-the-metropolitan-revolution NPR interviews Bruce Katz, author of 'The Metropolitan Revolution' Archinect 2013-07-30T09:07:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:47:14-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0f/0fb0556ab6be6d68fc0cf51a6a1de189.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Bruce Katz, vice president of the Brookings Institution, says that many American cities show promising signs of renewal. He's written a book with Brookings Fellow Jennifer Bradley called The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy. The book argues that metro areas &mdash; or, cities and suburbs together &mdash; are powerful economic engines with considerable political influence...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/78227867/can-detroit-s-architectural-past-inspire-it-to-claw-back-to-greatness Can Detroit's Architectural Past Inspire It to Claw Back to Greatness? Archinect 2013-07-29T18:14:00-04:00 >2013-08-05T19:47:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/92/927610e685c72919b1047394157439cb.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>It often happens that news events create a new context for existing photo projects, and such is the case with Philip Jarmain&rsquo;s photos of Detroit in light of the city&rsquo;s recent filing for bankruptcy. Jarmain&rsquo;s series American Beauty documents architecture from a pre-Depression era Detroit &mdash; a time when the city was on the rise. They now stand in contrast to its current rock-bottom economic straits.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/77381938/detroit-files-for-bankruptcy Detroit files for bankruptcy Nam Henderson 2013-07-18T19:09:00-04:00 >2013-07-22T17:50:20-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k0/k0xd3vbkjmpty4tt.jpg" width="514" height="321" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In a letter accompanying Thursday's filing, Michigan's Governor Rick Snyder...said...residents needed a clear exit from the "cycle of ever decreasing services". "The only way to do those things is to radically restructure the city"</p></em><br /><br /><p> Jonny Dymond analyzes the news that Detroit has become the largest American city ever to file for bankruptcy, with debts of at least $15bn.</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75516844/the-grand-opening-honorable-mention-entry-redesigning-detroit-a-new-vision-for-an-iconic-site The Grand Opening - Honorable Mention Entry, Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site Alexander Walter 2013-06-18T14:45:00-04:00 >2013-06-20T00:28:25-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/id/idlyrjsdlyocuqof.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Last week, we published the winning projects of the international design competition Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site. Organized by the Opportunity Detroit campaign, the competition sought after ideas for a potential signature project on the former Hudson&rsquo;s Department Store site in downtown Detroit. [...] the proposal "The Grand Opening" which won an Honorable Mention. The design team comprised Chung Whan Park, Terry Park, Jeong Jun Song, Hyuntek Yoon, and Kyung Jae Yu.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75112505/winners-of-redesigning-detroit-a-new-vision-for-an-iconic-site" target="_blank">Winners of Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75112505/winners-of-redesigning-detroit-a-new-vision-for-an-iconic-site Winners of Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site Alexander Walter 2013-06-12T14:55:00-04:00 >2013-07-03T12:52:36-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/xu/xu1v5eib6yl8z4fv.jpg" width="514" height="372" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The international design competition Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site has announced its winners today. Hosted by the Opportunity Detroit campaign, the competition solicited ideas for a potential signature project on the former Hudson&rsquo;s Department Store site in downtown Detroit.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Previously on Archinect: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/72031722/a-motor-city-missionary" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">A Motor City Missionary</a></p> <p> Related: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/75516844/the-grand-opening-honorable-mention-entry-redesigning-detroit-a-new-vision-for-an-iconic-site" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Grand Opening - Honorable Mention Entry, Redesigning Detroit: A New Vision for an Iconic Site</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/75058322/a-small-pocket-of-detroit-is-thriving-but-it-s-not-a-comeback-city-yet A small pocket of Detroit is thriving, but it's not a comeback city yet Alexander Walter 2013-06-11T19:32:00-04:00 >2013-06-18T23:07:28-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/09/09fd721f1d25f2d50b4f79bb2fb704c1.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Does the fact that Whole Foods Market is opening a store in Detroit surprise you? Well, a lot of Motor City residents were surprised by the decision, too. The move does signal that a little pocket of Motown is thriving. And that&rsquo;s great news &ndash; especially to Detroiters, who have seen their city eulogized ad nauseum in recent years. But the level of affluence in the neighborhood surrounding Whole Foods is well below what you would see in other cities that have undergone urban revival.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/72031722/a-motor-city-missionary A Motor City Missionary Nam Henderson 2013-04-26T17:38:00-04:00 >2013-04-26T17:39:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ra/rabpzycr8jrgn4hm.jpg" width="514" height="358" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>According to academics like Brent D. Ryan, author of &ldquo;Design After Decline: How America Rebuilds Shrinking Cities," it is one of the most ambitious privately financed urban reclamation projects in American history.</p></em><br /><br /><p> Earlier this month David Segal traveled to Detroit to look into the efforts/urban boosterim of Dan Gilbert, chairman of Quicken Loans. Using his real estate company, Bedrock Real Estate Services, Mr. Segal is renovating properties, building apartments and wooing corporate tenants. The goal is to remake Detroit (or at least some of it's downtown) into a high-tech hub, full of the 'creative class', high culture and young entrepreneurs. Mr. Segal also explored the context and cause for the current crisis and interviewed some locals who worry about the creation of "two Detroits".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68823676/editor-s-picks-305 Editor's Picks #305 Nam Henderson 2013-03-05T11:42:00-05:00 >2013-03-08T18:47:42-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3t9ebvaqgrtluobt.jpg" width="514" height="681" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>vado retro summed up the design "a box within a box and one box the one inside, the inside box is at an angle. oh and there are trees" but Alex Gomez added "Although the facade is superficial, I feel it will succeed in attracting &lsquo;qualitative and quantitative tourist flows in the area,&rsquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> <strong>News</strong><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68531159/bernard-tschumi-presents-grottammare-cultural-center-his-first-project-in-italy" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><br> Over at Bustler.net, Bernard Tschumi Architects unveiled the schematic design for the firm's first work in Italy: ANIMA, a new cultural center in the city of Grottammare</a>. The project has been commissioned by the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Ascoli Piceno and the Municipality of Grottammare and is expected to be completed by 2016.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3t/3t9ebvaqgrtluobt.jpg" title=""></p> <p> In the description of the project, it states: &ldquo;<em>Could one design a facade without resorting to formal composition? Could one design a facade that would be neither abstract nor figurative, but formless, so to speak? Our motivation in raising these questions was both economic and cultural: At a time of economic crisis, to indulge in formal geometries made out of complex volumetric curves did not seem a responsible option. The time of &lsquo;Iconism&rsquo; seemed to be over</em>".</p> <p> <strong>vado retro</strong> summed up the design "<em>a box within a box and one box the one inside, the inside box is at an angle. oh and there are trees</em>" but <a href="http://archinect.com/alex-gomez" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Alex Gomez</a> added "<em>Although the facade is s...</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/68349505/editor-s-picks-304 Editor's Picks #304 Nam Henderson 2013-02-26T13:39:00-05:00 >2013-02-26T16:31:20-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/mu/mukv418f4irv3cuu.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> For the latest edition of the ShowCase feature, Archinect published the first fire station designed by Pritzker Prize winner <a href="http://alvarosizavieira.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&Aacute;lvaro Siza Veira</a>. The project, <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/67851052/showcase-santo-tirso-fire-station-by-lvaro-siza-vieira" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Santo Tirso Fire Station</a> is located in Quinta de Ge&atilde;o, Portugal "<em>comprises a total gross area of 1173 m2 and lodges the support functions to the fire brigade...it is organized in 3 floors</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/y6/y6lredc7oqjd26uy.jpg" title=""></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/people/cover/45438032/chris-moody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Moody</a>'s initial reaction was that "<em>At first glance, it would be hard to picture this building as a fire station. But then again, that's probably the point. Nicely done! Alvaro.</em>" <strong>toasteroven</strong> added "<em>that brick is yummy, the exterior is really nice - but -&nbsp; the interiors seem a little cold and off-putting.&nbsp; all shades of grey and white - like a bunker in Antarctica in the dead of winter</em>&rdquo;.</p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong></p> <p> <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/68021876/strong-surge-for-architecture-billings-index" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">According to released figures the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) showed its strongest growth since November 2007. The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the January ABI score was 54.2, up sharply from a mark of 51.2* in Dec...</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/63280796/atelier-why-wins-detroit-design-2102-detroit-riverfront-with-their-entry-the-forest atelier WHY wins "Detroit Design 2102: Detroit Riverfront" with their entry "The Forest" Archinect 2012-12-12T17:16:00-05:00 >2012-12-16T22:02:11-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/si/sio3j3qj2rkyqeun.jpg" width="514" height="334" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> Hyuntek Yoon and Soobum You, who go by <a href="http://www.atelier-why.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">atelier WHY</a>, has sent us their 1st place entry for the <a href="http://www.aiadetroitbydesign2012.com" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Design 2102: Detroit Riverfront</a> competition.</p> <p> <strong>THE FOREST: Fairy tale between the City and the Forest</strong></p> <p> Many things fill the city and continue to do so. The act of &ldquo;filling&rdquo; is the virtue of urban development. For example, developers in the city of Detroit kept filling its voids. Many buildings and infrastructure have filled the city, and those became the symbol of Detroit. A rapid pace of growth is the result of such efforts to fill space. Downtown is represented by new businesses and the Renaissance of Detroit. Many skyscrapers filled the downtown Detroit area. However, the city needs space to breath. The city is far too compact to communicate with people and nature. Public spaces and nature are not enough. The site is located at the node of the radial street plan. The site needs to be filled in another way so that the city can breathe easily again. Currently, the site is filled...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/62464702/empty-pavilion-in-detroit-solicits-a-latent-public Empty Pavilion in Detroit Solicits a Latent Public kreynolds 2012-11-30T14:50:00-05:00 >2012-12-06T01:00:59-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/ai/aiq8kfj1tsug6ml7.jpg" width="514" height="774" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> McLain Clutter, Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Kyle Reynolds, Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, along with a team of students from the University of Michigan, have constructed the Empty Pavilion in a vacant lot in Detroit.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/pr/pr3ypfozy7oc7iap.jpg" title=""></p> <p> The Empty Pavilion is a meditation on Detroit&rsquo;s evacuated urban context and an experiment in architecture&rsquo;s ability to activate a latent public in the city. The project aspires to distribute just enough material across empty space &ndash; an element Detroit has in excess &ndash; to make that space legible and promote interaction. From a distance, the project engages the onlooker in a visual game of fleeting figuration. The pavilion is conceived as a collection of architectural figures drawn-in-space. From certain vantage points, and only momentarily, the project recalls familiar architectural elements that may entice memory &ndash; like the roof lin...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/61241889/how-detroit-became-the-world-capital-of-staring-at-abandoned-old-buildings How Detroit Became the World Capital of Staring at Abandoned Old Buildings Archinect 2012-11-12T11:30:00-05:00 >2012-11-19T18:06:44-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/6z/6zsonx4ey3nvg5qk.jpg" width="514" height="331" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Ruins don&rsquo;t encourage you to dwell on what they were like in their heyday,before they were ruins. The Colosseum in Rome or the amphitheater at Leptis Magna have never been anything but ruins. They&rsquo;re eternal ruins. It&rsquo;s the same here. This building could never have looked more magnificent than it does now, surrounded by its own silence. Ruins don&rsquo;t make you think of the past, they direct you toward the future. The effect is almost prophetic. This is what the future will end up like...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/60929942/your-text-here-by-marcos-zotes "YOUR TEXT HERE" by Marcos Zotes Archinect 2012-11-07T20:26:00-05:00 >2012-11-08T17:09:04-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/yx/yxxux5t667ib9z1f.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p> You may recall Marcos Zotes from his <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44059415/rafm-gnu-n-tt-ra-by-marcos-zotes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Rafm&ouml;gnu&eth; N&aacute;tt&uacute;ra</a> light installation in Iceland that we <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/44059415/rafm-gnu-n-tt-ra-by-marcos-zotes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">previously featured</a> here on Archinect. He has just shared with us his latest project, "YOUR TEXT HERE"...</p> <p> The city is constantly telling us what to do, what to think, and how to act. Using explicit visual language, a multiplicity of billboards, signs, images and symbols invade our public spaces in order to tell us something. YOUR TEXT HERE is a project that challenges this condition: Citizens are given the opportunity to change their role as receivers of information in order become the authors. The way it works is simple: you submit an anonymous text message in a website through your mobile phone, and in turn it is automatically projected at large scale onto the fa&ccedil;ade of a building.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d6/d6owxjwg6dcdy6nl.jpg" title=""></p> <p> "Public space is not something that is given or inherited, it must be fought for and defended constantly" says Marcos Zotes.</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/1i/1ie07xmi7wbj6i35.jpg" title=""></p> <p> YOUR TEXT HERE is a participatory, site-specific light installation that...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58622467/living-in-mies-van-der-rohe-s-lafayette-park Living in Mies van der Rohe's Lafayette Park Places Journal 2012-10-04T15:45:00-04:00 >2012-10-08T18:35:10-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/gd/gdi5sekt93yuqdui.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The ability to observe the private lives of strangers from the windows of my home is one reason why I&rsquo;ve chosen to reside within a dense urban fabric. I am not a voyeur: I do not receive sexual satisfaction from watching the daily lives of others. But I do like to imagine the many meaningful &ldquo;relationships&rdquo; I have created with people that I will never meet or even recognize on the street.</p></em><br /><br /><p> When architect Melissa Dittmer moved from New York City to Detroit, her reaction was a "year-long panic attack." Where, she wondered, were the people? "Where was the density, the sense of connection with strangers?" But then Dittmer and her family bought a townhouse in Lafayette Park, the modernist development created in the early '60 by Mies van der Rohe, Ludwig Hilberseimer and Alfred Caldwell &mdash; a place where the design itself encourages "a shared sense of intimacy that fosters community." On Places, she writes about how the architecture and landscape design of Lafayette Park conspire to create a sense of ordered exhibitionism, in a chapter from the new book&nbsp;<a href="http://www.artbook.com/9781935202929.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Thanks for the View, Mr. Mies.</em></a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/52895332/you-can-buy-mies-van-der-rohe-s-detroit-towers-at-a-foreclosure-auction-but-there-s-a-catch You Can Buy Mies Van Der Rohe's Detroit Towers at a Foreclosure Auction — But There's a Catch Archinect 2012-07-03T17:01:00-04:00 >2012-07-05T20:14:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/67/67f9d579864c92ae4b5fb097e88587ac.jpg" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... the buyer will be contractually obligated to shell out over $10 million to execute a detailed, 80-page list of renovations, ranging from a handful of new peepholes to a sweeping overhaul of the buildings&rsquo; bathtubs. On top of that, the buyer must deposit just over $2.5 million into an escrow account that HUD can access in the event that repairs are not on schedule, as evidenced in the illustrated quarterly progress reports the buyer will be required to send.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/49311540/in-detroit-half-the-street-lights-could-go-dark In Detroit, half the street lights could go dark Archinect 2012-05-25T14:02:00-04:00 >2012-05-28T11:29:29-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/54/54e2f24864e36791f49222ec8af9c61f.jpg" width="514" height="286" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The city is deep in debt; it's got a state-appointed board managing its finances, so it's gotta cut services it can't afford. Services that it can't afford in part because it's a city built for two million people that's now home to just over 713,000. So street lights could be a luxury Detroit can't completely afford.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>