Archinect - News 2016-10-23T16:25:40-04:00 Tesla's 5.8 million square foot "Gigafactory" to open in 2017 Julia Ingalls 2016-07-27T13:38:00-04:00 >2016-08-02T01:41:37-04:00 <img src="" width="650" height="366" border="0" title="" alt="" /><p>Sixty-five hundred people and a sizable compliment of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">robots</a> will work in the enormous, solar-panel topped, rail-adjacent Gigafactory when it opens in 2017, a structure which is described as a "joint venture" between Tesla, Panasonic and other supply partners. In this case, the drive to inexpensively produce lithium-ion batteries has created the need for the&nbsp;colossal&nbsp;structure.&nbsp;</p><p><img title="" alt="" src=""></p><p>As <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired</a> notes:</p><p><em>The assembly lines will do everything from make the individual cells&mdash;cylinders a bit bigger&nbsp;than an AA battery&mdash;to assembling the immense packs that power a Model S or store energy in someone&rsquo;s garage. Tesla doesn&rsquo;t disclose its costs, but says doing it all&nbsp;in-house&nbsp;will drive down the cost of a battery by&nbsp;30 percent.</em></p><p>Tesla in the news:</p><ul><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Lake Flato Architects splits reservation cost for Tesla Model 3 with employees</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Wired takes a look inside Tesla's car factory of the future</a></li><li><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Did Tesla almost go bankrupt without anyone noticing?</a></li></ul> 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> Brian Libby on a possible future for Centennial Mills, Portland's last large industrial relic Alexander Walter 2014-12-23T13:42:00-05:00 >2014-12-27T17:55:16-05:00 <img src="" width="620" height="411" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>With a golden patina to their aged brick, these former flour and seed mills provide a striking contrast to the shiny new condo towers of the adjacent Pearl District, and their proximity to this burgeoning area could also make for an ideal riverside destination. [...] He has approached Frank Gehry to design a glass-ensconced event center and Lin to design a pedestrian bridge over busy Naito Parkway.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Earlier this fall, we had the pleasure of <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Brian Libby</a> joining us live to discuss the future of the controversial <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Michael Graves-designed&nbsp;Portland Building</a> on Archinect's podcast, episode 3:&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><em>Keep Portland Architecture Weird!</em></a></p><p></p> Sims Municipal Recycling Facility, Designed by Selldorf Archinect 2013-11-19T20:25:00-05:00 >2013-11-25T22:36:59-05:00 <img src="" width="600" height="400" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>... instead of letting engineers design the plant, as often happens at an industrial site, Sims hired Selldorf Architects, a glamorous New York firm known for doing Chelsea art galleries and cultural institutions.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>