Archinect - News 2014-09-23T06:24:59-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/108483141/repurposing-old-rail-stations-in-the-rust-belt-what-buffalo-detroit-and-cincinnati-can-tell-us-about-adaptive-reuse 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/06/063626a445369251be0e7d75f101bfd1.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/107644165/editor-s-picks-382 Editor's Picks #382 Nam Henderson 2014-08-28T20:00:00-04:00 >2014-08-31T10:27:33-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/k3/k3s98yw13gw8mj7z.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/features/article/107115513/working-out-of-the-box-julia-watson-of-studio-rede" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0s/0sxmlen0mgebl1jh.jpg"></p><p>Plus, <a href="http://archinect.com/nicholaskorody" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Nicholas Korody</a>&nbsp;explored the <a href="http://archinect.com/features/article/106655266/art-architecture-bruno-zhu-in-a-symphony-of-objects" 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/3a/3aur14i96ccp0a51.jpg"></p><p><br><strong>News</strong><br>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/107018227/deborah-sussman-designer-has-died-at-age-83" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Designer Deborah Sussman passed away last week</a>, ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105327718/will-blexting-help-with-detroit-blight Will “Blexting” Help With Detroit Blight? Alexander Walter 2014-07-29T15:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-29T15:15:41-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/9d/9d3dfb9154366e1f6543526a9296ff20.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/103247268/despite-successes-blight-still-threatens-detroit-s-future" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Despite Successes, Blight Still Threatens Detroit&rsquo;s Future</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/103247268/despite-successes-blight-still-threatens-detroit-s-future 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102706633/photos-show-how-detroit-hollowed-out-during-the-highway-age 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/0d/0d49cdd3a256b1230a5f9da84751dee5.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/102169777/in-detroit-a-groundbreaking-school-comes-back-as-condos 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/4c/4cpwjg6l1eyofiqp.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/101090023/a-victory-for-detroit-institute-of-arts 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/25/25b08bc54871b42be6cc365e4173eaf2.jpg" 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="http://archinect.com/news/article/91141837/detroit-institute-of-arts-330-million-pledged-to-save-the-city-s-art-collection" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Detroit Institute of Arts: $330 million pledged to save the city's art collection</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/100055323/now-on-auction-in-detroit-homes-starting-at-1-000 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="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a7/a77b89e40d9df562e4a9b1adc2eac4b2.jpg" 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" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> 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>