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Media Roundup

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Is affordable housing all that it is cracked up to be, in preventing gentrification? The Gotham Gazette doesn’t think so, according to their research in Brooklyn, CDC affordable housing developments may be further segregating poor individuals and aiding gentrification. Great report for anyone interested in mixed income housing.


Amazing photos of the development of cities over the last 100 years. The urbanization of the world is happening at a stunning pace and here is some fantastic photo evidence.


Development done right? Fasinating interview with Greg O’Connell, the progressive developer responsible for the amazing turn around of Red Hook, in Brooklyn.


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Media Roundup

February 27th, 2011 · No Comments

Public space and protest, is first up on the media round up docket. Vishaan Chakrabarti, provides a commentary on the role of public space in the recent uprisings in Egypt, and across the Middle East. Perhaps, as asserted, public space, and urban environments are the bearers of change for the better, even if slightly unstable at times.


Up next are the burbs. We normally don’t focus on them to much around here, but they are a changing. Take a look at Five Myths about the Suburbs, to see for youself.


Finally, we end by introducing you to Architect Barbie. Part of the toy companies “Barbie I can be…” which expands career options for the doll admired by millions of children. Barbie is particularly important considering the low numbers of women in architecture (17% according to the AIA). Follow the link to read more and check out Barbie’s new look.


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Media Roundup

February 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Architectural Record has composed ‘What’s Next,’ which takes a look at what the profession of architecture my be facing in the next ten years. Topics include: structures, bim, economy, leed, big firms, cities, materials, suburbia, criticism, and theory. Some interesting points include theory, where there is a suggestion that social awareness is becoming increasingly important. Also be sure to read the comments on each section, it may leave you with some interesting leads in decifering the reality in AR’s vision.


Design change you can believe in, a chronicle of some architectural projects coming out of President Obama’s stimulus plan.


Explosive growth of BRT (bus rapid tranist), around the world. Leads this writer to wonder why “we” in Detroit are so set on having trains that cost so much more when we could more easily implement larger BRT systems much faster?


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Media Roundup

January 22nd, 2011 · No Comments

Our first article is an interesting look at green architecture, that takes into count the sun, wind, and rain. However, these buildings were built and designed in the 1960s. Israel’s cutting edge housing of the 1960s, unfortunately a thing of the past, and seem sure to disappear unless an appreciation develops soon. Read more below.


The second article, is a look at China where more and more midsized architecture firms are finding work. Interestingly, China seems to provide “dream clients” for architects. Take a look at this interesting and growing market below.


Finally, is an “adventure close to home”. Part of a new series by the same name, offered up about the middle of each month on Model D. The series is an illustrated and narrated look into events happening in the city. This specific story covers an event by Porktown, a local sausage collective. Hopefully this might inspire some of you to go out and explore the city.


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Media Round-up New Years Edition

January 16th, 2011 · No Comments

It’s the first media roundup of 2011 so let’s get to it.

First is the AIA Honor Awards with slide shows. Some really fantastic projects in here as well as some of local interest that you should check out. The first of which is the U.S. Land Port of Entry, which is designed by Julie Snow, who was a lecture in last years Great Lakes Fabricators and Erectors Association Lecture Series. Snow spoke about this project in her lecture so it great to see her receive recognition for the great work that she and her firm does. The second work of note is the University of Michigan Museum of Art, designed by Allied Works Architecture, which is simply of note because it is now an recognized piece of architecture in driving distance of the university. So go forth travelers.


Second is simply here because who can resist a story of architecture and beautiful landscape. Oh and I almost forgot the part where a woman’s final resting place is a beautifully designed martini shaker. Take a break and take a read.


Now that construction, yes that is right, construction has started on the renovation of the David Broderick tower at the base of Grand Circus Park, it looks as if the other behemoth sitting vacant on the park is going to have it’s day too. Let’s hope that the talk of plans for the David Whitney Building materialize, and this is an actual starter. My hopes are high, the Whitney never was opened to the elements to the extent that the Broderick was so in some respects, which means there may be less extreme issues.


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Media Roundup

December 9th, 2010 · No Comments

It’s that time again to see what is happening in the world of architecture and urban planning.

First up! A speculative piece about a possible eminent deal for the David Broderick Tower downtown. Let’s hope so, the addition to the market would be great. Maybe the eighth time is the charm?


Next! Let’s move on to the story of Times Square. Interesting historical retrospective on the thirty year journey to turn the square into some more sanitized. Great historical multimedia.


Finally more news in the Detroit Land Use saga, as Bing announces a plan for nine core population centers in the city of Detroit, as well as “incentives” to move. However those incentives by the look of the article may be move and get city services or don’t, time will tell.


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Media Roundup

December 3rd, 2010 · No Comments

Hey everyone it’s Friday, just two short days from completion of studio. Also don’t forget that tonight is the final Friday’s @ 5 lecture for the semester. On those two notes let’s get to it.

First, part art, part boat. The sinking ship is a fully functioning boat that always looks like the Hollywood image of a sinking ship. Video included.


Governor-elect Rick Snyder announces a plan to start a urban affairs office in Detroit, focusing on urban issues that are affecting cities state-wide. Can anyone else say breath of fresh air. But will it actually produce results in a state that is highly anti-urban? I guess time will tell.


And finally, not a new story but an interesting Detroit blog we should all be watching is Mapping the Strait. The work of Robert Linn, a Urban Planning major at University of Michigan, Mapping the Strait takes a look at common Detroit myths themes and ideas through the activity of mapping. Enjoy!


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Take a break with…Media Roundup.

November 29th, 2010 · No Comments

Yet another installation of media roundup is here to break up the monotony of this Hell Week Monday. So lets get to it.

First, if you are looking for some final last minute touches for your building consider casement windows. They are all the rage in New York City. Some people buy their apartment just based on the window, think about that for a hot minute. Just keep in mind as the article says “They’re very subtle details, but the people buying in our buildings are sensitive to the design. Either you don’t get it and it’s meaningless to you, or you can’t live without it.”


Second, we have a photo essay on Greenbelt towns, a new deal initiative, that ultimately served as a model for suburban development, and is possibly one of the fullest developments of the garden city movement in the United States. Follow the link for the essay and photo essay.


Finally, a contribution Metro Times about Detroit, the article uses an interview style to cover the issues facing the city, featuring influential members of the community involved in planning. Interviews include Toni Griffin, Karla Henderson, Jenice Mitchell Ford, and our very own Stephen Vogel.


Now get back to work.

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Media Recap

November 13th, 2010 · No Comments

So it’s that time again, time for another round up of what is hip (hop) in the media.

First, is a rapping architect from Finland. No seriously. Toumas Toivonen is an architect who presenting musical rapping lectures, and recently produced a vinyl album entitled “Urbanism is in the House”, a sort of digital rapping architecture lecture. Check out the link below for the fascinating article and some multimedia including a clip of the song “New Utopia.” Seriously. It’s pretty much amazing.


Trees as streetlights? Yup, a scientest in Tiwan researching nanoparticles has found a way to make trees emit light. It requires no electricity, however you have to re inject the trees every so often.


Back to the Future? Condos on New York City’s Upper West Side take on the look of its elegant neighbors, in many ways recalling the past both inside and out. What do you think about this turn to the traditional.


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Media Roundup

November 7th, 2010 · No Comments

Due to my recent habit of swamping you with events I thought today I might provide you with some fun ready, fantastical images, and other goodies to eat up some precious time.

To kick off we are going into the world of urban agriculture, not your typical Detroit kind, mind you. Instead, Charles Waldheim, brings you into the history of agrarian urbanism. The article profiles three interesting conceptual projects of the type, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City, Ludwig Hilberseimer’s New City, and Andrea Branzi’s Agronica. All of which left a rather suburban taste in my mouth, what do you think? I certainly hope this isn’t the face of urban agriculture.


Our second piece and an article that accompanies it is a set of fantastical images of London, and the effects of climate change on the city. The images are dramatic and rather stunning, however the accompanying article points out that the images in many ways present a pure science fiction vision of what the effects climate change may have on London, and also points to how such images can fuel existing prejudices.  Check out both!



Finally, a bit closer to home, Model D interviews Mitchell Silver, the president-elect of the American Planning Association. Read his thoughts on the role of planning and whether Detroit is on the right track.


Until next time happy reading!

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