Critical Detroit is a personal blog promoting Detroit area architecture with articles that increase awareness, foster understanding, and raise expectations of Detroit architecture.
We write about current issues and maintain an index (under perpetual construction) of prominent Detroit architecture.
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This Day in Detroit Architectural History
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...read more
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...read more
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. ...read more
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...read more
If you’re in Southwest Detroit celebrating Cinco de Mayo, be sure to head over to the Bagley Avenue Pedestrian Bridge at 1:00 pm to enjoy the Grand Opening Celebration. Learn more at the MDOT...read more
Popular Articles this Past Year
- 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
- 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
- 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