Showing posts from August, 2015

Weekend / Stuff


Tackett / Thursday

Double shot every 15 minutes till no pain is felt. As prescribed by Dr. I.M. High

Wayne State University / Detroit

McGregor Memorial Conference Center (1958) by Minoru Yamasaki This was the first building Yamasaki designed on the Wayne State campus.

The reflecting pool was restored in 2013. It had been empty since the 80's.

College of Education Building (1960) by Minoru Yamasaki This was the second Yamasaki building on the campus.

Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium (1964)by Minoru Yamasaki

Hopefully a pool restoration project is in the works.
Source: Detroit Historical Society
Richard A. Cohn Building (1959) by Harley, Ellington, & Day

In the Abstract / OMA

In the Abstract at Oceanside Museum of Art Curated by Dave Hampton
Jack Rogers Hopkins
 Marj Hyde, Russell Baldwin, Malcolm Leland and Barney Reid.
John Dirks
Russell Forester
Jack Boyd
Toza Radakovich
 Ellamarie & Jackson Woolley and Bob Matheny
As you can see, the exhibition is incredible. 
In the Abstract Oceanside Museum of Art August 15 – November 1, 2015

Weekend/ Stuff

Eames CTW
Bottom feeding

Architecture / Detroit

Stanley Hong's Mannia Cafe (1968) in Detroit, Michigan
Source: Tiki Room

Southwest Detroit Hospital (1975) by Eberle M. Smith Assoc. The 1980s architectural guidebook I used on my trip states, "The building's materials were selected for lightness due to low bearing capacity of the soil and to resist industrial fumes generated nearby" Seems like the perfect spot for a hospital. 
I didn't even come close to going inside, but this article tells the story. 
Source: Robert Johnson for Pixable

Reynolds Metal Regional Sales Office (1959) by Minoru Yamasaki in Southfield (Detroit suburb)
1959 photo. The Northland Shopping Center is in the background.
Packard Plant (1903) by Albert Kan
I wanted to get the expected bombed out Detroit posts out of the way first. It's no secret that Detroit has suffered from decades of disinvestment. Things are bad, but there is so much potential. The city has a rich history and so much great architecture. The good stuffis coming up.

Northland / Detroit

Northland Shopping Center (1954) by Victor Gruen
Located in Southfield, MI, a Detroit suburb, Northland was the largest shopping center in the country. Alvin Lustig collaborated with Gruen on the identity and signage. Source: Laboratoire Urbanisme Insurrectionnel

It was a big deal. Life magazine even did a big spread on the opening of the center. 

Source: LIFE, 1954

Source: LIFE, 1954

Giraffe family by Malcolm Moran

Source: Laboratoire Urbanisme Insurrectionnel

Alvin Lustig designed the logo and some environmental signage for Gruen.
Image: Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig
Lustig parking lot sign
Image: Born Modern: The Life and Design of Alvin Lustig
Source: Life Magazine, 1954
1956 photo of the Lustig-designed water tower located at the edge of the shopping center.
Photo: Mike Grobbel
Totem by Gwen Lux