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Apr 18, 2018
Detroit West Riverfront Park International Landscape Competition News
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy has selected Michael Van Valkenburgh and David Adjaye of Adjaye/Associates as the winners of a $50-million competition to redesign a 22-acre park along the Detroit River.

The proposal’s centerpiece a beach within a cove protected by a jetty that juts diagonally into the waterway.

Detroit West Riverfront Park landscape design:
Detroit West Riverfront Park landscape design
image courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh

The site is part of the Conservancy’s plan for a five and a half-mile stretch of waterfront west of Belle Isle to the Ambassador Bridge. The land contains former factories and rail yards abandoned as Detroit collapsed into bankruptcy in 2013.

The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, which builds and manages the RiverWalk, announced Tuesday April 10th, 2018 that it has selected Brooklyn-based Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to design the 22-acre west riverfront park in Detroit.

The park is estimated to cost $50 million, with the money to be raised through donations, and it should be finished in four to five years.

Detroit West Riverfront Park design
image courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has been working with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy for the last decade on a plan for the East Riverfront District, and 80 percent of that 3-and-a-half mile framework is complete. The West Riverfront Park will supplement it.

In 2017 the Conservancy selected four design teams of architects and landscape architects as finalists, to present proposals in a public forum and exhibition—part of a long process in which the local community participated.

Each team included standard water-related features for revived waterfront sites—boardwalks, piers, docks, beaches, as well as kayaking and fishing facilities. All emphasized the need to relate the river and the city to one another.

Detroit West Riverfront Park landscape
image courtesy Michael Van Valkenburgh

Designs were by:

– GGN (Seattle), with Rossetti
– Hood Design Studio and West 8 with Diller, Scofidio + Renfro (NYC)
– James Corner Field Operations with nArchitects

Aug 28, 2017
Monroe Blocks Detroit
Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
Monroe Blocks
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Monroe Blocks Development
Located at the center of the spokes that connect greater Detroit, this new development will make an impact far beyond its surrounding context, it will become a destination, an icon for the future development of Detroit. The new development will combine downtown Detroit’s first high-rise office tower in a generation with over 480 residential units.

Detroit’s Proposed MLS Stadium & District
Design: ROSSETTI
Detroit MLS Stadium & District Roof
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Detroit MLS Stadium & District – 4 May 2016
The development, designed by ROSSETTI and proposed by Rock Ventures and Platinum Equity, will mark the main entry point to downtown Detroit, forming a welcoming gateway to the city at the intersection of I-375 and Gratiot.

Detroit will be a Trendy City
Architectural Column Vol. III, Number 2 by Joel Solkoff, PA, USA
Detroit will be a Trendy City
photograph courtesy Detroit Future City
Detroit Architecture Article
A 350 page master plan is guiding the new Detroit. The shape? Unclear but promising.

Apr 19, 2014
Reanimate The Ruins Architecture Contest
Reanimate The Ruins Competition
Detroit Architecture Competition
Detroit, once the fourth largest city in America and Michigan’s primary Metropolis, has recently filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the United States. Among the many reasons for Detroit’s decline, two stand out: an undiversified economic model, reliant on the production and sale of automobiles, and an unprecedented degree of sprawl. Currently more than 77% of jobs in the metropolitan area reside more than ten miles from the city center, making Detroit the most job sprawled city in the United States, stretching essential services beyond capacity. Detroit’s deterioration is just as much about urban decline as it is about industrial decline.

Detroit Architecture

There are many great buildings in Detroit. Lafayette Park by Mies van der Rohe, an amazing urban redevelopment, the first of it’s kind in the nation.

Also the Guardian building, Fisher Theater, One Detroit Center, a Philip Johnson design, One Woodward Avenue, a Yamasaki Design.

Eero Saarinen and Albert Kahn had an influence on Detroit, probably the two that influenced the city’s architecture the most.

Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – MOCAD, Michigan, USA
Rice+Lipka Architects + James Corner Field Operations
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
photo : Rice+Lipka Architects
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit – 20 Feb 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) is pleased to announce that the redesign of the museum and its grounds by Rice+Lipka Architects and James Corner Field Operations, has been selected as the 2013 winner of The Architectural Review Future Projects Award for the category of “Old & New” and honored with a special mention in the Architizer A+ Awards for the “Architecture +Urban Transformation” category.

Rosa Parks Transit Center
Parsons Brinckerhoff, architects
Rosa Parks Transit Center
photo : David Sailors

Rosa Parks Transit Center
Located at Michigan and Cass Avenues, the Rosa Parks Transit Center is a 25,000-square-foot indoor facility with over two acres of exterior transit access. It enables customers to make connections to 21 DDOT bus routes, the SMART suburban bus system, Transit Windsor for international connections, and taxi access in a single downtown transportation hub. It also provides pedestrian connectivity to the Detroit People Mover stations at Michigan and Times Square, and was planned to eventually connect to the city’s future light rail transit system.

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Detroit is located in the Midwest portion of the United States and is part of a larger band of cities known as the Rust Belt which have gone through a process of decline over the past decades.

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Van Andel Institute – Phase 2, Grand Rapids
Rafael Vinoly Architects
Van Andel Institute Building
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Van Andel Institute Building

Michigan House

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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, Dallas
Santiago Calatrava
Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge Dallas
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Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

Farnsworth House, Plano
Mies van der Rohe
Farnsworth House
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Farnsworth House

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