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Construction association sues Michigan governor over safety orders

Embattled Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is now the target of a lawsuit recently filed in the state’s Court of Claims by the Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC), a statewide trade association representing commercial and industrial construction companies, along with a private, Grand Rapids-based landscaping company. Per the Detroit Free Press, ABC represents 900 builders […]

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Modernist Michigan gem threatened with significant alternations

Southfield, a first-ring Detroit suburb and commercial hub in Oakland County, Michigan, is known as a hotbed of modernist architecture complete with sprawling, National Register of Historic Places-listed subdivisions stuffed with midcentury split-level and ranch homes, and prominent buildings designed by the likes of Minoru Yamasaki, Gunnar Birkerts, and Victor Gruen. Now, one of the […]

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Demolition work begins on NRHP-listed modernist building in Kansas City

Interior demolition work is underway at a Mies van der Rohe–inspired building in downtown Kansas City, Missouri. The modernist mid-rise structure, formerly home to the city’s Board of Education and central library, will be fully razed in the coming weeks although the fate of the building’s colorful, beloved mosaic murals by prominent local artist, the […]

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The Farnsworth House is (once again) besieged by floodwaters

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House, certainly the most flood-prone site in the National Trust for Preservation’s storied portfolio, has once again found itself threatened following catastrophic rains that ravaged much of the Midwest during the first half of this week. (In Chicago, this May has been one for the books in terms of […]

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Finalists announced in Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library design competition

Despite being a speck of a city with a population just north of 100 and no chain restaurants to speak of, Medora can still claim bragging rights as “North Dakota’s #1 Destination.” This is in part because the historic former boomtown-turned-outdoor recreation hub serves as the gateway to the southern unit of Theodore Roosevelt National […]

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Chicago introduces highly anticipated ADU ordinance

Following months of anticipation and a well-publicized push from the Chicago arm of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and her administration have introduced an ordinance that would reverse the ban on, and streamline the permitting of, coach houses and other types of accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that already exist or could be […]

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Virtual SITE exhibition inserts contemporary art into Detroit’s architectural landmarks

  Detroit fine art gallery Library Street Collective has launched a new online exhibition that grants virtual visitors access to the city’s most prized—and in some cases, forgotten—examples of historic architecture while showcasing a range of works by an exciting and diverse coterie of contemporary artists. SITE: Art and Architecture in the Digital Space, in […]

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The Dearborn Residence infills Chicago’s South Loop with brick and terra-cotta

Chicago’s Printers Row, located in the South Loop neighborhood, is home to a large collection of former warehouses and factory lofts built at the turn of the century. Built of steel-frame construction and wrapped in richly detailed brick, terra-cotta, and stone, the area is one of many zealously protected historic districts in the city. The […]

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Practice, Product, Protocol makes the immaterial tangible

The 2019-2020 college fellowship exhibition at the University of Michigan’s Taubman College of Architecture is meant to render the invisible visible, and make the inextricable parts of architecture tangible. In Practice, Product, Protocol, on view through April 30, Jacob Comerci, Matiss Groskaufmanis, and Eduardo Mediero interrogate the demands of architectural productivity, the move to communal […]

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Rossetti lets light into the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center with sawtooth glazing

Brought to you with support from Detroit is undergoing something of a revival; the center of the city is registering consistent population growth and with it has come a spate of high-profile building projects including SmithGroup’s Little Caesars Headquarters and SHoP Architects’ Hudson Site tower. Rossetti, a Detroit-based firm with an expertise in sports and […]

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Could Be Architecture’s new installation riffs on Mies’s iconic McCormick House

A visit to the Elmhurst Art Museum this spring might have been more than you were bargaining for. A new installation by experimental Chicago-based practice Could Be Architecture is shaking up what might seem like a sleepy regional kunsthalle to question established notions of domesticity and historic preservation. At the same time, the studio’s playful […]

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The University of Michigan’s Biological Science Building establishes place with corrugated terra-cotta

Brought to you with support from Located in the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus, the Biological Science Building is a dual-purpose building housing both a biological science program and a museum of natural history. The nearly 300,000-square-foot building, designed by Ennead Architects, was constructed in two phases—the academic spaces opened in 2018 and the […]

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