August 10 2012

Boarded Up to Start Up: Retail and Risk in Detroit, Michigan

August 10th, 2012Posted by 

Architecture alone doesn’t make a vibrant city, you have to activate the store fronts. Despite its assets, during the suburban growth of the 1970′s, 80′s, and 90′s, Detroit found that it could no longer compete with the malls and shopping centers cropping up in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb County.  In many ways, the 1998 demolition […]

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July 27 2012

Southeast Michigan Regional Partnership Saves Detroit, Michigan’s Convention Center

July 27th, 2012Posted by 

Outdated, poorly maintained, and critically disconnected from the streetscape and RiverWalk, COBO Center was well on its way to becoming Detroit’s largest white elephant.  At risk of losing its contract for the North American International Auto Show, State and local government leaders arrived at an arrangement regarding the Center’s management and modification. Under the control […]

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July 27 2012

Detroit, Michigan Heidelberg Project: A Different Image of the City

July 27th, 2012Posted by 

“Every citizen has had long associations with some part of the city, and his image is soaked in memories and meanings.” Kevin Lynch, The Image of the City (1960) Twenty-seven years later, a young Tyree Guyton reflected on his associations to the city of Detroit, Michigan.  Poverty, drugs, crime, racism, and violence shaped his world. […]

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July 13 2012

Fast Track Land Banking in Detroit, Michigan

July 13th, 2012Posted by 

Architects, urban planners, engineers, and residents realize that Detroit isn’t actually shrinking. The physical boundaries still exist, but, in many areas of the city, the density has been significantly reduced and the vacancy rates increased. Fortunately, land banks can be an effective way to manage this underutilized space and generate tax revenue. According to U.S. […]

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June 29 2012

Detroit Urban Laboratory: Michigan Urban Planning and Architecture Programs Take Advantage of Proximity

June 29th, 2012Posted by 

In many ways, Michigan’s current economic climate is distressing to architects and urban designers. Our regional dependence on the automotive industry has left Detroit, Michigan with a major identity crisis, not to mention the visible fissures indicative of a shrinking city. Then again, these conditions also offer design students a unique landscape for urban study, […]

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May 18 2012

“Empowered, Intentional, Bold:” TechTown Detroit, Michigan Values at Work

May 18th, 2012Posted by 

Once home to the innovations of the Burroughs Adding Machine Company, American Electrical Heater Company and General Motors, the New Center area breathes new life into Detroit, Michigans’s entrepreneurial spirit. In April 2004, the partially-renovated Chevy Creative Services building designed by architect Albert Kahn, opened its doors to Detroit’s start-up community as TechOne. The TechTown […]

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May 04 2012

Phase I Collaboration begins on Detroit, Michigan’s Bloody Run Creek

May 4th, 2012Posted by 

Daylighting Detroit, Michigan’s Bloody Run Creek will be no small feat, but it’s a project that truly embodies a new and sustainable direction for the city. St. Louis developer, Richard Baron, has been pitching redevelopment ideas to Detroit since the 1980’s, but until now, nothing’s stuck. Flowing south, just east of downtown and into the […]

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April 26 2012

Benefits of Blogging in a Down Economy: Developing Your “Career Portfolio”

April 26th, 2012Posted by 

According to Huffpost Detroit, Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped slightly to 8.8%, while Detroit is hovering at 19% unemployment. Conditions are grim.  Architects have been hard-hit by the recession, and unfortunately, our recovery is contingent on the vitality of other industries. When I returned to Michigan in fall 2011, my plan was to find work […]

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April 12 2012

Social Media Networks Contribute to Detroit, Michigan’s Transformation

April 12th, 2012Posted by 

Social media is changing the way we live, work, and play. Our networks are larger, our interests broader, and our opportunities more abundant than ever before. Thanks to this dynamic, digital infrastructure, Detroit, Michigan is making a comeback and gaining esteem as a city of possibility. The new direction is small and sustainable. There is a […]

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March 29 2012

The Story of Demolition City: Detroit, Michigan

March 29th, 2012Posted by 

In February 2012, I wrote a post called Assessing the Damage: Preserving Detroit, Michigan’s Historical Places, describing the delicate balance between restoration and demolition. Incorporating preservation efforts into Detroit Michigan’s priorities is vital, but there will always be the reality of budget cuts, insufficient public services, community needs, and generally, too little, too late. Detroit […]

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February 02 2012

Assessing the Damage: Preserving Detroit, Michigan’s Historical Places

February 2nd, 2012Posted by 

Many agree, Detroit, Michigan requires restructuring, on a physical and political level, but the process is still unclear. From the Art Deco and Neo-Renaissance buildings of downtown, to the Tudors, Victorians, and Bungalows of Detroit’s diverse neighborhoods, the architecture tells a tale of the city’s rich and painful history. In order to save the city, Cityscape […]

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January 05 2012

Detroit, Michigan International RiverWalk: Vision and Collaboration Make It A Reality

January 5th, 2012Posted by 

World-class entertainment, respected athletic teams, a prominent automotive headquarters, and a celebrated arts and cultural district set along an international waterway – Detroit, Michigan has always been a great events city. However, one of the city’s greatest assets, the Detroit riverfront, lay underutilized for years due to limited access and lack of connectivity. Then in […]

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November 01 2011

(The Grid Blogger) Alexandria Stankovich: Detroit, Michigan

November 1st, 2011Posted by 

A big Global Site Plans welcome to our newest blogger, Alexandria Stankovich in Detroit, Michigan. Alexandria Stankovich graduated from The University of Michigan with a B.S. in Architecture.  In order to gain an authentic understanding of the urban context through the lens of education, she became a Denver, Colorado corps member with Teach for America, teaching […]

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