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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John Ronan’s charred wood Courtyard House frames views of Lake Michigan

American firm John Ronan Architects has completed a square-shaped, waterfront home in Michigan that features a wooden exterior and rooms organised around open-air courtyards. The Courtyard House sits on the sandy shores of Lake Michigan, within the quaint beach town of Saint Joseph. Square in plan and totalling 5,000 square feet (465 square metres), the

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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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William Kaven designs sturdy house on Lake Michigan for bracing weather

American architecture firm William Kaven has designed a concrete, blackened timber and glass residence on the shore of Lake Michigan to withstand the area’s extreme winter weather. Camp Minoh is located near the town of Charlevoix, in northern Michigan, on a sandy waterfront site that experiences frequent storms and gales during the colder part of

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Preston Scott Cohen creates jagged-roofed building for Michigan architecture school

Ironspot brick and a sawtooth roof define the exterior of this new wing for the University of Michigan’s architecture and planning college, designed by US studio Preston Scott Cohen. Located on the university’s campus in Ann Arbor, the Taubman Building adjoins the existing Art and Architecture Building – a low-slung, brick-and-glass structure that opened in

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Desai Chia’s Michigan Lake House features a roof that cantilevers over a patio

New York firm Desai Chia Architects has built a home on Lake Michigan with blackened timber walls and a roof that extends out to shelter an outdoor seating area. Michigan Lake House is located in the state’s Leelanau County, an area known for its crystal clear waters and sand dunes. Desai Chia Architects collaborated with local firm Environment Architects

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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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Higgins Lake House by Jeff Jordan Architects sleeps up to 20 guests

Sited by Michigan’s Higgins Lake, this long wooden residence by Jeff Jordan Architects can accommodate up to 20 people despite its restricted footprint. A couple with grown children commissioned the firm to design a lake house for their extended family and friends. “Many families in Michigan share a tradition of spending weekends and vacations in

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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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Richard Meier’s Douglas House joins America’s historic places list

These new photographs show American architect Richard Meier’s Douglas House perched above Lake Michigan, which has been added to the USA’s National Register of Historic Places (+ slideshow). The designation by the National Park Service recognises the house’s historical and architectural significance, joining a list of monuments deemed worthy of preservation. Completed in 1973, the More

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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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Arcus Center was designed to embody the idea of social justice, says Jeanne Gang

In this exclusive movie, the founder of Studio Gang Architects explains how her design for the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Michigan was intended to bring human rights issues out of “invisible places” and into public consciousness (+ movie). Located on the campus of Michigan’s Kalamazoo College, the building accommodates spaces for human […]

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Cedar-clad field station by GO Logic houses University of Chicago laboratory

This energy-efficient laboratory by architecture office GO Logic is clad in pale cedar to reference agricultural buildings found close to its site in a remote forest clearing in Michigan (+ slideshow). The Warren Woods Ecological Field Station was designed by Maine-based GO Logic to accommodate the University of Chicago’s department of ecology and evolution, allowing researchers to spend […]
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Timber disks speckle the concave facades of Studio Gang’s Michigan college building

Narrow slices of log are set into the concave walls of this Michigan college campus building, designed by Studio Gang to accommodate human rights and social justice studies (+ slideshow). Studio Gang Architects, led by architect Jeanne Gang, designed the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership for a wooded plot on the campus of liberal arts and sciences school Kalamazoo […]
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