I don’t really want an explanation for the oversized bull’s head that looms over an empty storefront along Mack Avenue. The intrigue and mystery are almost certainly more interesting than any historical account could provide.
Hacking Geodemography, a research project led by McLain Clutter, opened at the Liberty Annex last week. Photos from the opening, as well as my own take on the project.
The City of Detroit’s financial obligations may force it to liquidate some or all of the collection at the Detroit Institute for the Arts; Edward Snowden, the source of leaked documents on the NSA’s Prism surveillance program, takes refuge in Hong Kong; Ai Weiwei’s strong showing over the past few weeks is capped by his recent design for the cover of Time magazine.
Photographs from the Packard Plant, designed by Albert Kahn in 1903 and completed in 1911. The 3,500,000 sq. ft. factory stopped producing automobiles in 1958, and has been vacant since the late-1990s. In addition to being a prototype for modern assembly-line factories, it was the first use of reinforced concrete for industrial construction in Detroit.
For years Northwestern University has been trying to rid themselves of the Prentice Women’s Hospital, Bertrand Goldberg’s brutalist flower located on the university’s downtown Medical Campus. Its demolition now appears imminent. The building’s supporters face an uphill challenge to protect it from the wrecking ball, which is precisely why they should not demand its wholesale preservation.
After a few too many days indoors, breaking out of the office for fresh air was necessary, even if it meant sitting no further than a few steps from the office door. With progress to be made and a light mist gently falling, this ingenious and waterproof workspace was all set up for putting in some solid hours. That is, until Garfield decided to update his Facebook status.
The Internet service provider for 258 Caochangdi withdrew high-speed service recently—a curious, and probably not coincidental development—and now the office is left with only dial-up. After visiting the courtyard outside B.A.S.E. the last few days the studio’s power card has finally run up. Timezone 8, an American-owned bookstore and cafe, is my last refuge for the Internet. I get a “Manhattan.” You get these links.
There are no shortage interesting stories in the Chinese news this week where dissent is bubbling over from the high-speed rail crash, and the one-child policy has come under question. The strangest news, however, remains in the United States, where a subsidiary of Goldman Sachs is making millions from storing aluminum in warehouses in Detroit. Yes, you read that right. Detroit.
Making our way home, Geoff and I rode one of China’s new bullet trains from Shanghai to Beijing, cruising at speeds upward of 175 miles per hour. It was an experience was thrilling for its seamless convenience as much as its novelty. The only other
Taubman College always does an exceptional job assembling a lecture series of relevant speakers around a coherent and topical theme. This semester’s series, Discipline, appears to be no different.
I’m always skeptical of school rankings, especially those based employer-response surveys. This year, however, I’ll suspend my cynicism and simply enjoy that the University of Michigan’s Taubman College was ranked the top architecture program in the country.
I’m jumping on Amtrak’s evening train—the Wolverine—to Chicago for the weekend. The name of the cross-Michigan line should tell you everthing you need to know about the University’s position in hierarchy of state institutions. I, however, am looking forward to seeing buildings more than four stories tall. In that vein, this week’s links will be Chicago themed.
For a candidate that just ousted Washington, D.C.’s incumbent mayor, the reception to the presumptive soon-to-be mayor, Vincent Gray, couldn’t be less enthusiastic. How Adrian Fenty managed to lose his mayoral office despite driving considerable progress in the District.
Providing balance in Foreign Policy‘s recent feature on global cities, Joel Kotkin contributes his usual favoritism for the suburbs by painting cities as centers of crime, pollution, and inequality. As always, he’s wrong.
In one of the two spectacularly cool pavilions at the Shanghai World Expo, Bjarke Ingels [BIG] condensed various aspects of Danish culture and rolled them into a single mobius strip. It includes a bicycle track.
Johnny Knoxville leads a tour of Detroit, the film industry takes root in city, and the impending challenges for Rahm Emmanuel’s first term as Chicago mayor.
We took a cable car up to Montserrat, home of the Benedictine abbey, Santa Maria de Montserrat. The abbey is the site of the Virgin of Montserrat sanctuary which has been identified as a possible location of the Holy Grail. Eternal life was not found, but the views were nice.
Tax revenue from downtown mixed-use developments is higher than big boxes and malls, transit isn’t the only form of transportation that is heavily subsidized, and my former employer, the Montgomery County Planning Department, is closing its doors for two weeks to maximize the savings from furlough days.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m addicted to my computer, and to a lesser extent, the internet. Take one away from me and the separation anxiety becomes almost too great to bear. As if I didn’t spend enough time online, here I go starting a blog. What am I thinking?