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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