Cody Seipp imagines Detroit as Amazon’s “hyper-designed” headquarters

Detroit is taken over by Amazon in architecture student Cody Seipp’s conceptual project, which envisions the US city in 2051 following a major redevelopment orchestrated by the retail giant. Created by Seipp as his final project at New York’s Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Expo ’51 Detroit imagines the US city 33 years after it was acquired

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Snøhetta to renovate historic Detroit station for Ford innovation centre

Architecture firm Snøhetta plans to transform Detroit’s Michigan Central Station into a research hub for car company Ford, with proposals for a “collaborative ecosystem” of professionals to develop self-driving vehicles. The Corktown Campus project will involve the overhaul of the historic building, which has been in disrepair for 30 years since Amtrak last used the

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Prefab metal structures form True North housing complex in Detroit by EC3

American studio EC3 has created a residential development in central Detroit, comprising a cluster of different-sized Quonset huts made of steel and polycarbonate panels. The True North complex is located in Core City, a quiet neighbourhood that sits a few miles west of the downtown district. The development is the neighbourhood’s first new construction project

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David Adjaye and Michael Van Valkenburgh selected to transform Detroit’s West Riverfront Park

Michael Van Valkenburgh and David Adjaye have won a competition to transform a riverside parcel in Downtown Detroit into a thriving public park, with plans for a beach, multiple pavilions and a small isle for roosting birds. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy announced yesterday that the British architect and the Brooklyn-based landscape architecture firm triumphed in

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen reveals plans for Monroe Blocks development in downtown Detroit

Danish firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen has released visuals of its first US project: a mixed-use development in Detroit, Michigan, bound by two glazed towers overlooking the city’s historic theatre district. Schmidt Hammer Lassen was commissioned for the Monroe Blocks scheme by developer Bedrock Detroit, and is working on the design with local architects Neumann Smith and engineering firm Buro Happold.

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SHoP Architects’ plans for Hudson’s Detroit site move forward

Detroit has approved the timeline for SHoP Architects’ replacement for the historic Hudson’s department store, which will begin construction in December and become the city’s tallest building. The mixed-used complex by New York-based SHoP Architects and local firm Hamilton Anderson Associates will encompass the site at 1206 Woodward Avenue, in the heart of Downtown Detroit.

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Carbon-fibre orb marks entrance to Detroit academic building by Morphosis

US studio Morphosis has completed a science, design and engineering facility in Michigan, which features a scrim made of ETFE plastic and an entrance stairwell contained within a black orb made of carbon fibre. The A Alfred Taubman Engineering, Architecture, and Life Sciences Complex – commonly referred to as the Taubman Complex – encompasses 36,700 square

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“After decades of Detroit ruin porn, America’s Biennale exhibition runs riot”

Opinion: the imaginative but unrealistic proposals for Detroit on show at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale have left Aaron Betsky wondering if there is hope for architectural projects among the city’s ruins. “In this era of media and migration, can architecture still ignite a collective imagination?” That was the question Cynthia Davidson asked herself when More

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