Ambitious Architecture in Detroit

(Courtesy SHoP)

Detroit may finally be having its renaissance. Buildings and empty lots are being transformed all over the city; some are restored to their former glory, while others are demolished to make room for new builds and community gardens. The city has seen an influx of new restaurants and housing. All of which are clear signs of growth.

Detroit’s current economic upswing combined with a plethora of affordable space is allowing Detroit real estate agency, Bedrock, to begin work transforming a two-acre lot in downtown Detroit. New York architecture firm SHoP Associates and Detroit-based architecture firm Hamilton Anderson Associates have designed a 2-acre building with 1.2 million square feet of space. The site will include 250 residential units, more than 700 underground parking spaces, a conference hall, retail space, and a tech/arts/ cultural center. The building will be nine stories at the base with a 734-foot residential tower, making it the tallest in the Detroit.

(Courtesy Bedrock)

The site was once home to one of Detroit’s largest retailers, J.L. Hudson’s Department Store.  At over two million square feet, it was the anchor of the thriving Woodward avenue shopping corridor. The store closed in 1983 and the building was imploded in 1998. Since then the lot has been vacant. Bedrock believes the new project will bring even more commerce and vitality to downtown Detroit than J.L. Hudson’s.
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Innovative Architecture

Architects in Dubai are currently working to build the first rotating skyscraper.  Davis Fisher, an architect from Dynamic Architecture, is currently working on plans for an 80-story, 1,273-foot tower that can rotate 360 degrees in both directions.

The building’s core connects each of the rotating floors while remaining stable.  Each floor will be prefabricated at another location and attached to the tower after completion. It will be powered by 79 wind turbines, located between floors, and rooftop solar panels.

Residential units are expected to range between $4 to $40 million and be available by 2020 so long as the project does not fall through.

Modern architects continue to push the boundaries of what was previously possible in building. Architects Training Institute offers a variety of courses to expand your business knowledge or keep up-to-date with your continuing education.

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Get Ahead of the Curve with Green Building

Green Building is rapidly becoming one of the most popular and profitable sectors of architecture.  While initial costs can be daunting, Green Buildings yield a higher rate of return and lower maintenance costs over time. The industry is expected to contribute $303.5 billion dollars to the Gross Domestic Product of the United States in 2018 alone.

Architect Training Institute offers a three-hour ‘Building Green into the Budget’ course designed to meet consumer needs while staying within budget.  This course has been approved by the AIA for all 50 states and by the Florida Architecture and Interior Design Board. Once architects have finished this course they will be able to:

  • Accurately define energy conservation and generation concepts, and describe at least three efficient use of materials that will save building and operation costs.
  • Identify the techniques used in alternative wall systems, and explore the benefits of each.
  • Demonstrate many uses of both EPS and XPS insulation sheathing.
  • Outline at least one application of energy efficient design in indoor systems.

The Building Green into the Budget course is approved by the AIA for continuing education and the Florida Architecture and Design Board.

Looking for some inspiration?  Check out 2016’s Top Ten Green Projects according to Architectural Digest.

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5 Funny Design Fails

Lets end 2016 with a handful of humorous designs that I sure wouldn't put my name on.  As a matter of fact, any architect worth their weight in salt would never allow this to happen. Here are some design fails that show how quickly things can go wrong when architects and contractors stop taking pride in their work.

Flying Car Garage

Seems like a great place to park your hovercraft. Probably not great for your average car.

Best Seats in the House


Too Close for Comfort

Urinals for very close friends. (Very close friends)

Stairway to Nowhere

Its just like that movie, Inception.

Surprise Steps

That last step is a doozy.   

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