Your Chance to Own a Mies van der Rohe

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,...

Michigan Architectural Foundation Launches New Website

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...

Spirit of Detroit Photographic Competition

WAN Think Tank and Buro Happold recently held on online photographic competition.  The competition is over but the Facebook page continues to live on for everyone to upload their photos capturing the Spirit of Detroit. Congratulations to the winners, Shawn Lee, Jon...

Michigan State Fair

Almost a year ago, I visited the Michigan State Fair for what was to be its last season.  The Michigan State Fair was the longest running in the United States spanning over 160 years, surviving the depression, until budget cuts forced its closure in 2010. I took a few...

Stonelea

While in architecture school in the early 90’s, I took a model building (physical models, not rendered images) class as an elective.  The final project was to divide into teams and produce a large-scale architectural model.  There were two projects available at...

Detroit Observation Decks?

Nearly a year ago, The Ledge was opened at the Willis Tower (previously known as the Sears Tower) for visitors to the Skydeck to experience the view in a whole new way. While Detroit may not have the same architectural stock as Chicago, it is still impressive. ...