Archinect - News 2017-05-28T22:25:32-04:00 It's Better to Turn on Than to Fade Away; Archinect Sessions #94 Paul Petrunia 2017-01-12T16:46:00-05:00 >2017-01-17T23:10:40-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="421" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>This week Donna, Ken, and Paul discuss Exhibit Columbus's Miller Prize announcement, gender equality in lecture school lineups, and the recent illumination of Detroit.</p><p>This episode was sponsored by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">PPI</a>&nbsp;- use code ARC17 for 15% off your purchase.</p><p>Listen to&nbsp;episode 94 of&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Archinect Sessions</strong></a>, "It's Better to Turn on Than to Fade Away":</p><ul></ul><ul><li><strong>iTunes</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here to listen</a>, and click the "Subscribe" button below the logo to automatically download new episodes.</li><li><strong>Apple Podcast App (iOS)</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="pcast://" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to subscribe</a></li><li><strong>SoundCloud</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">click here to follow Archinect</a></li><li><strong>RSS</strong>: subscribe with any of your favorite podcasting apps via our RSS feed:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"></a></li><li><strong>Download</strong>:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">this episode</a></li></ul><p></p> 65,000 new streetlights illuminate Detroit—here's why that's important Nicholas Korody 2017-01-11T18:29:00-05:00 >2017-01-19T14:02:45-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Kimmelman</a> of the <em>New York Times</em> has <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">published</a> an article about the 65,000 new streetlights now illuminating the streets of Detroit. This seemingly prosaic infrastructural adjustment actually has a lot of import. For a long time, according to the article, Detroit&rsquo;s decline was symbolically represented in articles about its lights going out. &ldquo;Like picking up the trash, fixing potholes and responding to emergencies, these efforts signal that no matter where you live in Detroit, you are no longer forgotten &mdash; that government here can finally keep its basic promises,&rdquo; writes Kimmelman.</p><p>Rather than staying concentrated in the inner-city, like most capital and growth, the lights spread across Detroit&rsquo;s entire 139 miles. Costing $185 million in public money, the lights use energy-efficient LED bulbs. And the whole project came together under budget and on time.</p> Ceren Bingol named Head of the Architecture Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art Nicholas Korody 2016-12-05T13:22:00-05:00 >2017-01-07T12:27:11-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="434" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Ceren Bingol has been named as the interim Architect-in-Residence and Head of the Architecture Department at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Cranbrook Academy of Art</a>, according to a statement released today by Christopher Scoates, the Maxine and Stuart Frankel Director of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Art Museum, and the school&rsquo;s Board of Governors. Starting January 6, 2017, Bingol will replace outgoing Architect-in-Residence, Bill Massie. Bingol will serve in this position for the rest of the 2017 academic year, as well as into 2018.</p><p>According to the press release, Bingol will be working alongside Dan Kinkead of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">SmithGroupJJr</a> during the spring 2017 semester. Kinkead, whose work with Detroit Future City &ldquo;highlights his strong connection to Detroit&rdquo;, will be helping students with project work based in the city. Next year, he&rsquo;ll continue to work with the school in an advisory capacity.</p><p>Bingol has previously worked at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Grimshaw Architects</a> and, most recently, at <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">OMA</a> New York as a Senior Architect. Originally from Istanbul...</p> A new beginning for Rosa Parks' Detroit home Justine Testado 2016-10-05T18:11:00-04:00 >2016-10-05T18:12:10-04:00 <img src="" width="398" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Rosa Parks' home] on South Deacon Street had become blighted and faced demolition in recent years, but its fortunes have since changed. The home&rsquo;s facade has been removed and will be refashioned into a replica-style artwork that will be shown in museums across Europe...&ldquo;She loved the city, but I don't think the city loved her very much back,&rdquo; [Parks' niece Rhea] McCauley said. &ldquo;This house should have been preserved here. But we live in a world where every other project takes precedence.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p>You would think that the Detroit home of Rosa Parks would have more easily garnered local support for its preservation in the present day. But as Parks' niece Rhea McCauley described, her aunt was still treated with hostility when she moved into the city in 1957, two years after she refused to give up her bus seat. That attitude seems to have carried on as McCauley struggled to find a backer to preserve the home, saying that &ldquo;Doors have been slammed in [her] face&rdquo;.</p><p>Luckily, McCauley was able to get help from artist <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ryan Mendoza</a>, who will transform the house's facade into a replica-style art piece that will tour museums across Europe. Why Europe?&nbsp;Mendoza, who acknowledged that he isn't even from Detroit, says it's &ldquo;a statement about the lack of interest in preserving the home in the city where it actually existed&rdquo;.</p><p>h/t <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Quartz</a></p><p>More on Archinect:</p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Carrying a racist legacy, highways today play a central role in civil rights activism</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration</a></p><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">That new Texas Confede...</a></p> Eight years after the crash, Detroit still contending with foreclosures Nicholas Korody 2016-08-02T18:14:00-04:00 >2016-08-11T10:04:22-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="487" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Nearly 40&nbsp;percent of Detroit residents live below the poverty line. In many cities, poor people rent &mdash; but the home ownership rate here is high. After the 2008 housing crash, it took the city of Detroit five years to start reappraising homes &mdash; and poor homeowners like Hicks, who lives on disability, struggled to pay their taxes. Over the past decade, there have been more than 100,000 tax foreclosures in Detroit.</p></em><br /><br /><p>For more news from the Motor City, check out these links:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">Previewing the 2016 Venice Biennale: the United States' "Architectural Imagination"</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Dispatch from the Venice Biennale: a healthy dose of dissent from Detroit Resists, The Architecture Lobby and more</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">"Bleeding Rainbow" artist sues Detroit building owner to protect her landmark mural under copyright law</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Detroit may see a few bigger idle sites move towards redevelopment in 2016</a></li></ul> "The Architectural Imagination" Venice Biennale participants revealed Julia Ingalls 2016-03-02T15:56:00-05:00 >2016-03-16T00:10:02-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="433" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Twelve firms, including <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Greg Lynn Form</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MOS Architects</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Preston Scott Cohen Inc</a>., and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Zago Architecture</a> have been selected by curators Cynthia Davidson and <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">M&oacute;nica Ponce de Le&oacute;n</a>&nbsp;to create speculative architectural presentations for the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">2016 U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Biennale</a>. The presentations will be based on four real-world Detroit sites: Dequindre Cut/Eastern Market at&nbsp;1923 Division Street, Mexicantown at&nbsp;6370 Vernor Highway, the US Post Office at<strong>&nbsp;</strong>1401 West Fort Street, and the Packard Plant at&nbsp;East Grand Boulevard and Concord Avenue.</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>According to a press release, the idea behind the exhibition is to demonstrate&nbsp;"the creativity and resourcefulness of architecture to address the social and environmental issues of the 21st century" and will have applications beyond the specific sites featured. As previously mentioned at Archinect, at the exhibition twenty photographs of Detroit submitted via a contest designed to tell a larger narrative about the city <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">will be available in postcard ...</a></p> Winning "My Detroit" postcard photos for the 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion revealed Justine Testado 2016-02-25T21:03:00-05:00 >2016-02-29T00:57:04-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="468" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The 2016 U.S. Venice Biennale Pavilion is one step closer to becoming a reality with today's reveal of the 'My Detroit' postcard photo competition winners...[Out of 463 entries, the winning photos] were considered as unique individual depictions of Detroit that could also collectively tell a larger story about the present-day city. The photographs will then be printed as postcards and distributed to visitors when the Biennale opens in May.</p></em><br /><br /><p><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""><br><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>See more of the photos over <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">on Bustler</a>.</p> The crisis in Flint and why architects should care about decentralizing our water systems Nicholas Korody 2016-02-10T18:02:00-05:00 >2016-03-01T01:00:07-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="429" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>...centralized urban water systems throughout the world are now under significant stress from increasing population density, water-resource competition, changing precipitation patterns, and new sources of pollutants, such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even without these pressures, centralized water is, by design, a fracture-critical system&mdash;one that is susceptible &ldquo;to complete and sudden collapse should any part of it fail,&rdquo; writes Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA...</p></em><br /><br /><p><em>"Faced with an excessive price tag, municipalities may welcome decentralized water as the only feasible choice for future water delivery. Architects should therefore develop more expertise related to these net-zero water systems, as they will have direct implications for building design, construction, and operation."</em></p><p>For more on health issues related to the ecology of urban environments, check out these articles:</p><ul><li><a href="" target="_blank">More and more people are dying as a result of air pollution in England</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">New Delhi mandates odd-even car rationing to fight world's worst air pollution</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">Reducing Turin's smog with free public transit</a></li><li><a href="" target="_blank">The architectural vestiges of white supremacy</a></li></ul> "Bleeding Rainbow" artist sues Detroit building owner to protect her landmark mural under copyright law Alexander Walter 2016-01-05T13:17:00-05:00 >2016-01-18T01:21:14-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="413" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>For Katherine Craig, the mural is more than a marker of North End&rsquo;s rising status. The so-called &ldquo;bleeding rainbow&rdquo; mural is a cornerstone of her career. And now, since the building&rsquo;s owner aims to sell or redevelop the property, the artist is taking legal action to protect her work. [...] The federal suit seeks an injunction that would bar the developer from destroying or otherwise altering The Illuminated Mural [...].</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Muralists and the fragile relationship with the buildings they paint on</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit's struggle to distinguish between graffiti (boo!) and murals (yay!)</a></li></ul> Detroit may see a few bigger idle sites move towards redevelopment in 2016 Alexander Walter 2015-12-29T13:00:00-05:00 >2016-01-17T00:45:49-05:00 <img src="" width="534" height="401" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Some of Detroit's most famous vacant sites finally may see new construction getting under way in 2016, turning some of the city's&nbsp;longest-running symbols of distress into emblems of renewal. The Hudson's site on Woodward, the old Tiger Stadium site at Michigan and Trumbull, and the State Fairgrounds near Woodward Avenue and 8 Mile&nbsp;all seem likely to see redevelopment progress in 2016 after in some cases decades of disuse.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Related news on Archinect:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The return of redlining: how the mortgage industry is threatening Detroit's rejuvenation</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit joins Shenzhen, Berlin, Turin and others as an UNESCO "City of Design"</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Detroit can learn to revive its derelict industrial sites from other cities</a></li></ul> Detroit joins Shenzhen, Berlin, Turin and others as an UNESCO "City of Design" Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-12-17T13:07:00-05:00 >2015-12-17T13:22:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="326" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Detroit] will join 47 other cities from 33 countries as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, which is made up of cities with a strong legacy in one of seven creative fields, from gastronomy and literature to design. Member cities commit to collaborate, promote creativity and cultural industries, share best practices, strengthen participation in cultural life and integrate culture in economic and social development strategies and plans.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Formed in 2004, UNESCO's Creative Cities Network (UCCN) identifies places that leverage creative practices as a major strategy for urban development, giving member cities opportunities for collaboration and promotion across cultural industries. Cities in the UCCN (there are currently 69) belong to categories of Crafts &amp; Folk Art, Design, Film, Gastronomy, Literature, Media Arts, and Music. Detroit is the first U.S. city to be added to the network.</p><p>Detroit is also the setting for the U.S. Pavilion's projects at the 2016 Venice Biennale, curated by <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Monica Ponce de Leon</a> (dean at Princeton University School of Architecture) and Cynthia Davidson (editor of&nbsp;<em>Log</em>). Themed&nbsp;"<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The Architectural Imagination</a>", the pavilion will feature "projects sited particularly in Detroit, while still having global potentials".</p><p>More from Detroit:</p><ul><li><a title="The return of redlining: how the mortgage industry is threatening Detroit's rejuvenation" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">The return of redlining: how the mortgage industry is threatening Detroit's rejuvenation</a></li><li><a title="Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennal...</a></li></ul> The return of redlining: how the mortgage industry is threatening Detroit's rejuvenation Nicholas Korody 2015-12-07T13:04:00-05:00 >2015-12-07T13:04:57-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="501" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In Detroit, there were 3,500 sales of single-family homes in 2014. Only 462 of them received a mortgage. That means that nearly 87 percent of sales were in cash &mdash; and that doesn&rsquo;t include homes sold in foreclosure auction. Comparatively, the overall metro area saw only 53 percent in cash sales the same year. Nationwide, it was 43 percent. &ldquo;The number one issue that we, in the end, identified in Detroit is that it&rsquo;s incredibly hard for homebuyers to get a mortgage right now,&rdquo; say Svenja Gudell..</p></em><br /><br /><p><strong>Related coverage:</strong></p><ul><li><a title='U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, "The Architectural Imagination", now open for submissions' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">U.S. Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, "The Architectural Imagination", now open for submissions</a></li><li><a title="Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale " href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Participating architects announced for the US Pavilion of the 2016 Venice Biennale</a></li><li><a title="How Detroit can learn to revive its derelict industrial sites from other cities" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">How Detroit can learn to revive its derelict industrial sites from other cities</a></li><li><a title='Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey' href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit issues arrest for "vandal" Shepard Fairey</a></li><li><a title="About Detroit's too often skewed media coverage" href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">About Detroit's too often skewed media coverage</a></li></ul> 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="650" height="390" 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 >2016-01-09T00:26:59-05:00 <img src="" width="650" height="314" 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="650" height="511" 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="650" height="408" 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="650" height="433" 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="650" height="488" 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="580" height="386" 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="650" height="433" 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="639" height="431" 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="650" height="488" 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="650" height="440" 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="650" height="433" 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="650" height="445" 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="650" height="491" 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>