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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...

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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...

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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. ...

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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...

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Latest Comments

  • Joey commented on GM Renaissance Center:
    Connie, please see the below link on YouTube. It shows the orange color displayed at the same time as their Chevrolet logo, which makes sense as they used orange in... Keep Reading


  • Joey commented on GM Renaissance Center:
    Connie I assume you are referring to the LED display rings around the top of the towers. The colors represent a function or event that is relevant for GM or... Keep Reading


  • Anthony Tucker commented on Unbuilt Detroit:
    Actually the 2d Book Tower was slated to be EIGHTY-ONE storeys,not just 70,according to an old postcard of Detroit I had which shows a colored rendering of the collosal building!!... Keep Reading


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