Yamasaki Associates Closes Doors

In addition to the World Trade Center, Minoru Yamasaki designed several notable local buildings such as One Woodward Avenue (formerly the Michigan Consolidated Gas Company) , several buildings at Wayne State University (including The McGregor Memorial Conference...

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. ...

Buildings by Bike

Attention architects, cyclists, architects who cycle, and cyclists who architect. Wheelhouse Detroit has been around for a couple years, but did you know they offer bike tours of Detroit? Wheelhouse Detroit actually offers several tours, including architecture tours...

Doors Open Detroit?

I ran across a website today (actually several websites) about events that other cities with rich architectural buildings are hosting. The idea is simple.  Buildings around the city open their doors and offer the public an opportunity to explore buildings that are...

New Hope for the Book Tower

Just over a year ago, the Book Tower was vacant and its then current owner was behind on utility payments.  So far, in fact, that electrical and water utilities had been disconnected. A lot can change in a year. In August 2009, the building was purchased by Key...

Critical Detroit Wishlist

Critical Detroit has come a long way this past year especially since we switched to WordPress. We’re closing in on 13,000 visitors for the year. It’s not much, but more than we’ve ever had in the past. As the year winds down, let me share some things...

Detroit’s Olympic Bids

Did you know that Detroit has submitted multiple bids to host the Summer Olympics? They’ve actually submitted 7 bids in all.  They bid in 1944 (which was canceled due to the war) and then again in every year from 1952 thru 1972.  Many consider their bid for the...

Vintage Advertising

I had a great time looking through old exhibit catalogs from the Detroit Architectural Club and the Thumb Tack Club of Detroit.  I never put much thought into what went into publishing these books, but quickly realized that advertising was just as prevalent in the...