The last Michigan State Fair was held in 2010. Earlier this year, the Surburban Collection Showplace announced that they would be hosting the 2012 Great Lakes State Fair on Labor Day weekend restoring the 160 year tradition of the Michigan State Fair.
It won’t have the same prominent architecture as the previous fair location, but kudos to the group for taking this on!
Do you think the Great Lakes State Fair will last?
Lafayette Towers has fallen into foreclosure and will be auctioned off by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on July 18th.
Per the auction notice, significant repair work is required within 18 months of closing.
The Northern Group, who purchased the tower in 2005, also failed to develop their proposed Cadillac Center in downtown Detroit adjacent to Campus Martius.
Lafayette Towers is one part of Lafayette Park on Detroit’s east side that was designed by noted International Style architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
The Michigan Architectural Foundation has officially launched their new website which is aimed at increasing public appreciation of architecture. The site contains information on local events, educational resources, scholarship and grant information, and more.
From their website:
The Michigan Architectural Foundation was founded in 1957 by the Michigan Society of Architects (now AIA Michigan) – it is one of the oldest architectural foundations in the United States! Its mission is “to increase public appreciation of how architecture enriches life.” And the new website offers all sorts of ways to explore that!
Browse through the online collection of Great Architecture in Michigan to discover the architectural treasures in the state – from train stations to the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island. If you see a photo you like, click to purchase it! Or, share some architectural treasures that you have found! The website has an upload link that lets you share photos of your favorite Michigan architectural treasures.
The website contains a huge amount of information – lecture series offered by local universities, summer camps and educational tools for K – 12 grade, including scholarships for college!
Visit michiganarchitecturalfoundation.org to learn more.
The 22nd Annual AIA Michigan Design Retreat will be held on September 16 – 18, 2011 at Camp Hayo-Went-Ha located on Torch Lake.
The following projects are scheduled to be presented:
ArtPrize: the prize within
Cadillac Retail Store Prototype
Grand Rapids Civic Theater, Renovation, Expansion
Houseal Lavigne Associates
Kennesaw State University Soccer Stadium
Laketown Township Residence
Peckham, Inc. Green House
Restoration & Rehabilitation of the William W. Cook Legal Research Library
Trenton South Engine Plant
United Way Detroit Headquarters Relocation
University Presbyterian Church Sanctuary Renovations
You can read more and register via the information flyer.