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Southeast Michigan's second shipping container house completed in Royal Oak

On Rochester Road in Royal Oak, developer ModEco just completed construction of a house made from five shipping containers.

GM Tech Center receives National Historic Landmark designation

Warren's GM Tech Center was one of only nine sites around the country named as National Historic Landmarks in 2014.


"The General Motors Technical Center (commonly known as the "GM Tech Center") is one of the most significant works of architect Eero Saarinen, who was among the most important modernist designers of the post-World War II period in the United States. The GM Tech Center marked Saarinen’s emergence onto the national stage and was the first of his four influential suburban corporate campuses that represented a sea change in American business facilities."

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The Wall Street Journal tours the home of eponymous fashion retailer Linda Dresner

Always ahead of the fashion curve, boutique owner Linda Dresner talks business, fashion, and home design philophy with The Wall Street Journal. 


"For 25 years, she owned an eponymous fashion boutique on Park Avenue in Manhattan, along with a shop in Michigan, still in operation not far from her home in Birmingham. Brands such as Dries Van Noten and Junya Watanabe are available in designer department stores all over the country today—not to mention on the Internet—but back when Dresner began in the business, in the late 1970s, she startled her Midwestern clientele with astonishing clothes by such designers, brought back from Milan and Paris. "I was one of the first to have Saint Laurent. I still have some of my original clients."

Of her plans to hold a first party at her new home, a benefit for Detroit's Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCAD), she says,

"Curators love Detroit; they think it's like early Berlin."

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Cooley Law School building is one of world's most impressive

A rainwater harvesting system, a green roof, low flow plumbing and other eco-focused features has landed Cooley Law School in Auburn Hills at #35 on the list of the most impressive law school buildings in the world, according to Best Choice Schools.


"Established in 1972 in Lansing, Michigan, the institution’s Auburn Hills campus recently received LEED Silver certification. Renovations to the existing structure and an additional 64,000 square feet were designed by SHW Group architects and engineers, and include a green roof, rainwater-harvesting system, low flow plumbing, and an energy efficient lighting system."

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Renovation is the key to local urbanization

With the awakening of local construction projects, businesses and investors are snapping up historic buildings and breathing new life into them.


"In Royal Oak, a former jewelry store and small office building is being turned into an architecture studio and residence.
A project to turn an old theater in Clawson into a retail space is also ready to start construction.

If there's a silver lining to the slow times in the past generation, it's the ready supply of buildings to be redeveloped, said Kent Anderson, principal in the Detroit-based Hamilton Anderson Associates architecture firm."

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Detroit blogger uncovers modern living in St. Clair Shores

Detroit's modern living boutique Mezzanine blogs about a modern living oasis in St. Clair Shores.


An influx of young Dwell magazine-reading families could really make this neighborhood of starter homes a hot little modern gem - a bookend for the more traditional Cabbage Patch neighborhood at the southern border of Grosse Pointe.  The price is right on these places - my pics were taken last fall, BEFORE the market bottomed out - when they were going for a little over $100k typically, and a fixer upper was priced as above.  And they're all in walking, and certainly biking, distance from some great shops and restaurants on Mack Avenue, including Josef's bakery and Merchant's Wines.

With a little elbow grease to un-DIY some of the design mistakes, and a few more Mini Coopers in the driveways, this neighborhood could be out-of-control cool.

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America's forgotten architect, Albert Kahn, remembered

Albert Kahn gave Detroit a face back in the '20s in the same way the auto industry gave it a name. With hundreds of buildings, factories, and homes designed by the architect here in Detroit, he rarely gets the credit he deserves and is, oftentimes, referred to as "the other Kahn," because of post-war modernist Louis Kahn (no relation). Regardless of name weight, Albert Kahn is responsible for most of Detroit's skyline.


Albert Kahn is America’s forgotten architect — even though in his lifetime, he (and his firm) produced more buildings than any other architect, and his design and production method changed the face of the country. Eighty years before the bailout of the auto industry, just before the Great Depression, Kahn built the most opulent of Detroit’s new corporate skyscrapers — the Art Deco-style Fisher Building. Facing the GM headquarters, Kahn’s grandest expression of civic architecture defined the unique American union of commercial and civic identity.

Detroit Auto Show 2009 this month pinned its hopes for a 21st century transformation of the American motor industry on selling the complex technologies of electric engines. The person who transformed the space and appearance of Detroit in the 20th century, though he favored technology did not depend on complexity.

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A crane in the skyline is a good thing - but thank the University of Michigan

There are a lot of cranes in the Ann Arbor skyline these days, which, obviously, is a good thing because it means some extensive construction is happening. And, not in all cases, but in most, the University of Michigan is to thank. Most of those cranes and most of Ann Arbor's construction stems from the U.

Warren Civic Center and Kresge HQ nab real estate awards

The Warren Civic Center and Kresge Foundation headquarters in Troy have been awarded 2007 Impact Awards by the Detroit chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women.

Progress continues on LTU's solar house

In three months, the solar house that Lawrence Technological University students are currently erecting on-campus will be on display on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. as one of 20 competitors in the National Solar Decathlon Competition.

Public input wanted on A2's new municipal center July 24

The city of Ann Arbor is hosting a public meeting to solicit public input on plans for its new municipal center.

Architecture for Humanity co-founder to speak at Cranbrook Apr. 12

Architecture for Humanity co-founder Cameron Sinclair will speak at the Cranbrook Art Museum on April 12 at 7 p.m. as part of the Wired Magazine Speaker Series.

Green building consultant discusses local trends

James Newman, area green building consultant, talks with Crain's about local trends in green building and LEED certification.

Washington Post reviews MOCAD's Shrinking Cities exhibit

The Washington Post takes a long, hard look at the Shrinking Cities exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, calling it "dense and elemental and important."

State's plan to raze abandoned homes is raising hopes in cities

Ambitious state plan aims to raze blighted property by contributing as much as $3,000 to the demolition costs of a building.
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