Archinect - News 2015-11-27T21:23:35-05:00 George King installs glowing string maze in former train underpass for Detroit Design Festival GeorgeKingArchitects 2015-10-12T13:30:00-04:00 >2015-10-24T00:01:37-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="308" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Lasermaze is an architectural installation formed from three miles of UV wool and over 3000 hand tied knots, suspended from an industrial structure of steel scaffolding and chains. Created for the 2015 Detroit Design Festival, Lasermaze is currently located along the Dequindre Cut, a former railway line in Detroit that has been converted to a greenway and walking track.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Lasermaze&rsquo;s playful structure invites visitors to get lost within a unique, surreal space as they journey towards the centre. The complex geometry of the form combined with the ethereal, semi-transparent nature of the walls adds to the challenge of this spatial puzzle. The dividing walls of the maze are formed from glowing string which creates a physical barrier but not an obviously visible one. Within the maze the layers of string and the barriers they form become almost imperceptible from each other, creating an overwhelming feeling of being lost within a distorted, surreal reality. In addition the unique glowing na...</p> Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale Nicholas Korody 2015-08-27T19:55:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T16:19:05-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="248" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The list of architects chosen to participate in the US Pavilion for <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">the 2016 Venice Biennale</a> has just been announced. Curated by Cynthia Davidson and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica de Ponce Leon</a>, "<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>" seeks to be "an exhibition of new speculative architectural projects commissioned for specific sites in Detroit but with far-reaching application for cities around the world."</p><p>Out of more than 250 submissions, the following 12 architecture firms were chosen:</p><ol><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>a(n) Office</strong></a> (Detroit, Michigan)<br>Marcelo L&oacute;pez-Dinardi&nbsp;and V. Mitch McEwen</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>BairBalliet</strong></a> (Columbus, Ohio; Chicago, Illinois)<br>Kelly Bair and Kristy Balliet</li><li><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn FORM</a></strong> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Greg Lynn</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects</strong></a> (Atlanta, Georgia)<br>Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>MARSHALL BROWN PROJECTS</strong></a>&nbsp;(Chicago, Illinois)<br>Marshall Brown</li><li><strong><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a></strong> (New York, New York)<br>Hilary Sample and Michael Meredith</li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Pita &amp; Bloom</strong></a> (Los Angeles, California)<br>Florencia Pita and Jackilin Hah Bloom</li><li><strong>Present Future</strong> (Houston, Texas)<br>Albert Pope and Jes&uacute;s Vas...</li></ol> How can diversity be quantified? Julia Ingalls 2015-08-12T13:40:00-04:00 >2015-08-15T16:44:46-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="404" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>At a macro level, Chicago is quite diverse. At a neighborhood level, it isn&rsquo;t.</p></em><br /><br /><p>How can a city be both diverse and segregated? In Chicago's case, the city is home to every major racial/ethnic group, but these groups rarely tend to live together in the same neighborhoods. In fact, on a neighborhood-by-neighborhood level, Chicago has one of the higher residential segregation rates of major metropolitan cities in the U.S. Even Los Angeles, long derided for being an archipelago of neighborhoods with no identifiable urban connective tissue or center, has a higher rate of residential integration than Chicago. Nate Silver's article asks us to question the metrics of diversity and segregation, especially in terms of urban planning: should those metrics be defined by where people live, where they work, or simply by the overarching boundaries of the city limits? Good question(s).</p><p>For more on this topic, do check out:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">&#8203;Surprise! Architecture is still among&nbsp;the&nbsp;whitest professions in America</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Denver's Union Station is lacking diversity and local critic places the blame on the ...</a></p> Van der Rohe's Lafayette Park and three other sites named National Historic Landmark Alexander Walter 2015-08-11T14:15:00-04:00 >2015-08-13T18:41:55-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="323" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Lafayette Park, the neighborhood northeast of downtown dotted with high-rises and townhouses, and known for its modern architecture, has attained the status of national historic landmark. [...] The neighborhood consists of a 78-acre housing development designed and realized by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, considered a master of modern architecture. It was founded by developer Herb Greenwald to help keep the middle class in the city.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The three other sites that also recently gained landmark status are:</p><ul><li>George Washington Masonic National Memorial in Alexandria, Virginia</li><li>Red Rocks Park and Mount Morrison Civilian Conservation Corps Camp in Jefferson County, Colorado</li><li>First Peoples Buffalo Jump in Cascade County, Montana</li></ul><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MvdR</a>-related in Archinect's <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Features</a></em> section: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Completing Mies van der Rohe's Brick Country House</a></p> How Detroit can learn to revive its derelict industrial sites from other cities Alexander Walter 2015-07-13T15:43:00-04:00 >2015-07-15T20:14:31-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Heading east along I-94 from Detroit&rsquo;s resurgent Midtown area, two massive structures loom on the horizon. For passing drivers, they&rsquo;re awe-inducing symbols of both the city&rsquo;s former industrial might and the dismaying scale of its post-industrial challenges. [...] At the Center for Community Progress&rsquo; May Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference, planners and developers discussed examples from around the world of cities that are finding opportunity in derelict industrial properties.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Repurposing Old Rail Stations in the Rust Belt: What Buffalo, Detroit, and Cincinnati can tell us about adaptive reuse</a></p><p>Related on Archinect's sister site Bustler:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Reanimate the Ruins winners reimagine Detroit&rsquo;s Packard Motor Plant</a></p> Editor's Picks #421 Nam Henderson 2015-06-24T09:24:00-04:00 >2015-06-24T12:07:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Amelia Taylor-Hochberg</a>&nbsp;penned <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">What makes an artless museum?</a>,&nbsp;which reviewed the February Sky-lit event/preview of the new Broad Museum.&nbsp;Therein she argues that it provided "<em>an opportunity for the architecture to be treated as a relational art object, but not so it could be handled with velvet gloves</em>".&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Chris Teeter</a>&nbsp;commented "<em>great article, it's worth 2 or 3 reads&hellip;</em>" <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Donna Sink</a>&nbsp;wrote "<em>A meaty essay...on the Broad Museum (meat, contraceptive sponges, art, raw spectacle: it's a big topic</em>"</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Ingalls</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Role of Software vs. Vision in Architectural Employment</a>.&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Derek Kaplan</a>&nbsp;thought it was a "<em>Great article on a topic that needs more discussion.</em>"<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>News</strong></p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Charles Correa, named "<em>India&rsquo;s Greatest Architect</em>"&nbsp;by RIBA, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">died</a> at 84.&nbsp;<strong>jla-x</strong> eulogized "<em>He was pretty great. &nbsp;I studied his residential developments extensively as a student...He will be missed</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Despite recovering from several major surgeries for cancer, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Tadao Ando spoke with </a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">NHK World</a><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"> about</a>; recent projects, the durability of...</p> Detroit's P. Funk-inspired Mothership is ready to get the party started Justine Testado 2015-03-31T20:24:00-04:00 >2015-04-05T13:32:38-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Most people would probably be envious of the lucky DJs that got to spin tunes in The Mothership (I know I am). Ann Arbor-based practice <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Anya Sirota + AKOAKI</a> looked to legendary funk collective <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">P-Funk</a> and their iconic album <em><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Mothership Connection</a></em> to design the swanky modular DJ and broadcast booth for Detroit's North End neighborhood and its local music scene.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Akoaki created The Mothership to mark the start of the collaborative <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">O.N.E. Mile</a> initiative, which brings together architects, designers, and artists to revive the public spaces along historic Oakland Avenue for a series of experimental cultural events all year long. The Mothership made its debut during O.N.E. Mile's free (and unprecedented) Mothership Launch event this past October, where 12 honorary members of Parliament-Funkadelic did a special live performance in an empty garage on Oakland Avenue. The mobile unit is still stationed there but has more future public appearances in tow.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>The Mothership is constructed by an aluminu...</p> Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!) Alexander Walter 2015-02-20T14:50:00-05:00 >2015-02-26T22:34:00-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>But how to draw the distinction between unauthorized graffiti and murals? Late last year, city officials issued thousands of dollars worth of fines before admitting they couldn't tell the difference between vandalism and authorized artwork (they eventually dismissed the fines). To correct this,&nbsp;Casta&ntilde;eda-L&oacute;pez says the city is working on the seemingly Herculean task of creating a registry for all Detroit's existing street art.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> About Detroit's too often skewed media coverage Alexander Walter 2015-01-12T14:25:00-05:00 >2015-01-12T15:27:43-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Detroit, the American Dream has become an American Paradox: Corporate-backed revitalization downtown belies the continued deterioration of sprawling neighborhoods of single-family homes; [...] white newcomers trickle in by choice, just as many black natives have no choice but to stay where they are. What&rsquo;s that? It doesn&rsquo;t sound like the up-from-the-ashes, post-industrial renaissance Detroit you&rsquo;ve been hearing about of late?</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more about Detroit, take a listen to episode 11 of Archinect Sessions, and our chat with Mitch McEwen:</p><p></p> Galapagos Art Space to Relocate to Detroit Nicholas Korody 2014-12-08T14:53:00-05:00 >2014-12-11T19:14:52-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="347" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The Galapagos Art Space, a performance center and cultural staple in Brooklyn for nearly 20 years, will close this month, another casualty of rising rental prices that its founder says are making it difficult for independent arts organizations to survive in New York ... Galapagos helped put Williamsburg on the art map when it opened there in 1995 ... Although the last night of programming is likely to be Dec. 18, the center will have a second life &mdash; more than 600 miles away, in Detroit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>During its time in Brooklyn, Galapagos Art Space produced more than 7,500 shows. Hopefully, its legacy of progressive programming &ndash; from films to musical events to visual art exhibitions to burlesque &ndash; will continue after the space moves to Detroit. The new home of Galapagos Art Space includes nine buildings amounting to over&nbsp;600,000 square feet.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p> Repurposing Old Rail Stations in the Rust Belt: What Buffalo, Detroit, and Cincinnati can tell us about adaptive reuse Alexander Walter 2014-09-08T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-09-09T21:41:08-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The CTRC&rsquo;s efforts are part of a larger phenomenon of rail station preservation occurring throughout the Rust Belt, including places such as Cincinnati&rsquo;s Union Terminal, and Detroit&rsquo;s Michigan Central Station. And while a geographic disadvantage and heavy rehabilitation costs make for an uphill battle, the Buffalo nonprofit and its ebullient members have high hopes for the future.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Editor's Picks #382 Nam Henderson 2014-08-28T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T10:27:33-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="303" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>The latest edition of the <strong>Working out of the Box:</strong> series featured, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Julia Watson (landscape architect turned sacred space conservationist) of Studio Rede</a>.</p><p><strong>&nbsp;jla-x</strong> had two comments; first, that the interview with/work of Studio Rede is "<em>Fantastic</em>!" and second "<em>love this series</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>Plus, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">current work of Bruno Zhu</a>, a photographer and bookmaker. Speaking of a recent work &lsquo;<strong>Builder</strong>&rsquo;, he offers up the following explanation, it "<em>is quite na&iuml;ve and stubborn. It&rsquo;s mostly about one place and photographed in similar compositions, while intended to read as a range of different things. But the project&rsquo;s critical ambition was to question the validity of a report, and how its authority could be its biggest weakness</em>".&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Douglaswittnebel </strong>felt there was a "<em>Very interesting focus on the construction and details, it seems that the mysteries are really the biggest part of the series, the unknowns and the questions of why and when</em>".</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week</a>, ...</p> Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight? Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:15:41-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="348" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>A Motor City Mapping app will make it possible for users to snap photos of properties and text them to the public database. (They are trying to brand a new word to describe this process &mdash; the awful-sounding &ldquo;blexting.&rdquo;) These will be quality-checked before going onto the database, and the hope is that users will participate in training sessions before pointing, clicking and sending. Several &ldquo;blexting bootcamps,&rdquo; will be held in coming weeks.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit&rsquo;s Future</a></p> Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit’s Future Alexander Walter 2014-07-02T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-07-02T20:32:39-04:00 <em><p>Urban blight is the single biggest challenge to large-scale revitalization efforts underway in the city of Detroit, where roughly 84,000 properties and vacant lots are considered blighted or at risk of blight [...]. In an interview with DLA Piper attorney and ULI member Jay Hailey, Gilbert kicked off the Institute&rsquo;s public/private partnership conference in Detroit.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Photos Show How Detroit Hollowed Out During the Highway Age Alexander Walter 2014-06-25T13:20:00-04:00 >2014-07-01T23:11:45-04:00 <img src="" width="500" height="345" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While searching for images of highway interchanges in urban areas, I came across these historic aerial photos of Detroit on a message board, showing how the city fabric has slowly eroded. It&rsquo;s a remarkable record of a process that has scarred many other American cities.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> In Detroit, a Groundbreaking School Comes Back as Condos Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-06-18T13:39:00-04:00 >2014-06-23T22:13:17-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Due to plummeting enrollment and a troubled district, vacant school buildings&mdash;heck, just vacant buildings&mdash;are none too rare in Detroit. After 19 years of abandonment, the Nellie Leland School, however, is no longer vacant&mdash;it, as abandoned urban buildings are want to do, is back in session as condos. [...] Today, the school is known as Leland Lofts, a set of expansive condos in the Lafayette Park neighborhood near downtown Detroit, where a 1,465-square-foot, one-bedroom loft goes for $175K.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> A victory for Detroit Institute of Arts Alexander Walter 2014-06-04T13:21:00-04:00 >2014-06-10T19:22:44-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="352" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) is inching closer to safety. The Michigan State Legislature agreed yesterday to contribute $350m over the next 20 years to protect the museum&rsquo;s works of art and shore up Detroit&rsquo;s ailing pension funds. The state&rsquo;s governor Rick Snyder is expected to sign the bill, which is part of a package to help settle the city&rsquo;s bankruptcy, by the end of the week.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Institute of Arts: $330 million pledged to save the city's art collection</a></p> Now on auction in Detroit: Homes starting at $1,000 Alexander Walter 2014-05-19T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-05-19T15:48:58-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="388" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>No absentee landlords or faraway investors allowed. Only Michigan residents and businesses [...] The idea is to lure neighbors, not investors or opportunists (#NeighborsWanted is the city's hashtag for the program). And that does not include out-of-state urban homesteaders dreaming of cheap property in Detroit. Right now, the land bank is focusing on otherwise intact neighborhoods, as opposed to those parts of town where vacant parcels outnumber the residents who've stuck around.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> [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="" 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=""></p><p>The Residency requires a part-time commitment of 20 hours per week. The program intentionally leaves considerable time open for Residents ...</p> 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="" width="514" height="677" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><strong><a href="" 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> Architecture and the Unspeakable 3 - Teaser Release johnszot 2014-01-24T20:34:00-05:00 >2014-01-28T15:10:27-05:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this</a>&nbsp;for more details.</p> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit&rsquo;s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare</a></p> '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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Can Detroit's Architectural Past Inspire It to Claw Back to Greatness?</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Petition to block the demolition of the State Savings Bank in Detroit</a></li> <li> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit&rsquo;s Venal Art Sale No Fix for Urban Nightmare</a></li> </ul> Editor's Picks #328 Nam Henderson 2013-08-14T13:58:00-04:00 >2013-08-15T17:56:56-04:00 <img src="" 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="" 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=""></p> <p> <br><strong>News</strong><br> Over ...</p> Will A Hockey Arena Save Detroit? Alexander Walter 2013-08-07T18:09:00-04:00 >2013-08-09T17:58:36-04:00 <img src="" 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="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">New Olympia Stadium</a> blog.]</p> 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="" 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> 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="" 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" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>