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SPOTLIGHT | Illuminart Featured in 'Concentrate'

AIA Detroit has proudly partnered with the talented folks at Illuminart for the past two years, so we were super excited to see Brienne Willcock and Robert White featured on concentratemedia.com. Illuminart is the designing force behind the lighting at Shed 3 for our 2013 & 2014 Celebration of Architecture; the cobalt blue and fuschia lighting schemes that you could see from down the street in Eastern Market are all because these guys know how to light a building.  They also helped to pull in Fantasee Lighting, who brings the equipment and skilled labor needed to bring to life Brienne's concept for the building.  We are eternally grateful for these folks, they certainly deserve the media attention.

The below article was originally featured on concentratemedia.com on Feb. 4th, 2015.  It was written by Patrick Dunn, an Ann Arbor-based freelance writer and a senior writer at Concentrate and Metromode, and the photographs featured in the original article were taken by Doug Coombe.

To see the article in its original publication and to view more photos taken during their interview, visit Concentrate Media's website HERE.

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CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS | Structures for Inclusion 15 Detroit

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.
 
Background:
In October of 2000, Design Corps, a community based non-profit organization, sponsored a conference at Princeton University. The purpose of this conference is to bring together and share the best ideas and practices that are reaching those currently un-served and underserved by architecture. These efforts are often grounded on two common beliefs that communities and individuals should be included in the design decisions that affect them and architects and communities should work together to identify their shared values and goals in the collaborative process of defining quality design. Since the first SFI at Princeton University, it has been hosted at various institutions including the University of Virginia, the University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Minnesota at Minneapolis, and the Parsons New School for Design among others. The conference has become internationally recognized as a thought-provoking forum to learn about grass roots efforts and alternative practices making architecture more accessible.
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EVENT | AIAS Annual Beaux Arts Ball

AIA Detroit is a proud sponsor of this year's 6th annual AIAS Beaux Arts Ball.  Join the University of Detroit Mercy and Lawrence Technological University's American Institute of Architecture Students chapters on February 13th at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit for a night of networking and dancing.

BEAUX ARTS BALL HISTORY
Historically, Beaux Arts Ball was an annual costume ball traditioally hosted by studuents at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris.  In 1931, it's reputation had spread to New York, where famous architects began dressing up as their own buildings for the event.  This trend continued to live on in architecture schools across the country, including here in Michigan, where our local architecture schools would host a similarly styled event attended by faculty and students alike.  In 2010, after years of not having a Beaux Arts Ball at any of the architecture schools, the AIAS chapters at Lawrence Tech and University of Detroit Mercy decided to work together to revitalize this annual event.  Past venues have included the Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle, the Fox Theatre, and the Detroit Masonic Temple, but the students are excited to try something new with the historic St. Andrews Hall this year.
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Other Industry Events & Competitions

Structures for Inclusion 15 Detroit: Call for Presentations

Lawrence Technological University College of Architecture and Design and Design Corps are proud to announce a partnership to present the Structures for Inclusion Conference 15 in Detroit.

“Resilience of Mind, Body and Spirit,” the theme of SFI 15, serves to position the value of SFI within Detroit and other resilient cities. Mind (e.g., attitudes towards the city’s significant challenges); Body (e.g., creative economies such as social entrepreneurship and grassroots physical interventions), and Spirit (e.g., a city’s psyche and sense of itself) will advance the mission of SFI.

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University of Detroit Mercy 2014/2015 Lecture Series

DESIGN COMPETITION | UPC Riverfront Competition Dialogue Continues Beyond Symposium

UPC Announces the Detroit by Design Riverfront Competition Winners

The Urban Priorities Committee is pleased to announce the winners of the Detroit by Design 2012 Riverfront Competition. We would like to thank all of the entrants that participated and shared their ideas. We would also like to thank the jury, which included Walter Hood, Reed Kroloff, Faye Alexander Nelson, and Lola Sheppard, for their thoughtful consideration, rich debate, and careful deliberation.

The top three prizes were selected as a group and represent three different approaches to the design challenge and question what civic space could be in Detroit today. In addition to the three prizes, the jury selected three honorable mentions. The 6 selected entries are unique solutions, and address one or several of the challenges of the site and design problem. The jury stated that each winning entry showed something valuable and that the selections should be looked at as a group. We hope that the combined group acts as a catalyst for a continued conversation surrounding the possibilities for the riverfront.

First Place
Atelier WHY
New Jersey/Korea

Second Place
Matthew Edward Getch
London, England

Third Place
OMMX
London, England

Honorable Mention
Brian White, Portland OR

Honorable Mention
Christina Kimmerle, Austria
Honorable Mention
Anna Hochhalter, Urbana IL

 

Detroit by Design Riverfront Symposium – A Full House

The Detroit by Design: Detroit Riverfront Symposium on December 4th at the DIA was hailed as a resounding success by all who attended. With the panel discussion moderated by author and journalist John Gallagher of the Detroit Free Press, the discussion unfolded to over 400 attendees"

“I found the Detroit by Design Symposium to be the most stimulating and important AIA Detroit event in years. I thoroughly enjoyed the discourse on our City and its future, and being a part of a community of colleagues that cares. It restored the activist in all of us. I was proud of being an architect and proud of AIA Detroit for leading the charge on this important issue. We have been quiet for far too long.”

Carl Roehling FAIA, LEED AP | President & CEO | SmithGroupJJR

Vote for your Favorites

Because the competition and symposium have received so much positive feedback, the Urban Priorities Committee is looking to the public and design community to continue the dialogue on the results. As of today, December 19, the committee has launched on the competition website a People’s Choice award that will allow members of the public to vote for their favorite entries. The voting will run through January 15 and winners will be named shortly thereafter. Voting is not limited to a single entry; the committee is urging the public to enjoy the process of learning more about the possibilities of Detroit’s waterfront gateway and select as many entries as they deem worthy.

In tandem with the launch of the People’s Choice voting system, the competition website will include a comment section at the bottom portion of each entry webpage. It is our hope that visitors to the website will discuss the pros and cons, form and function, practicalities and ideological differences of the design possibilities inherent to each submission.

We are urging competition participants to engage in the dialogue, so don’t be afraid to ask questions of the designers or solicit opinions and ideas.

Visit www.aiadetroitbydesign2012.com today to start voting and continue the discussion!

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