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seabee1526 Apr 30, 2018 4:01 PM

DETROIT - Old and New Design
 
Will Detroit continue with design with a modern glass style or do you feel any future development will be more in tune with what exists currently?

The Best Forumer Apr 30, 2018 4:16 PM

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Originally Posted by seabee1526 (Post 8172063)
Will Detroit continue with design with a modern glass style or do you feel any future development will be more in tune with what exists currently?

Probably the latter.

Jasoncw May 1, 2018 1:34 AM

My feeling is that Dan Gilbert's developments are setting a higher bar, design wise. There are also higher rents, encouraging the types of higher end developments that tend to care more about design (even if it's only for the purposes of luxury branding), and there's more competition. So I think in the future the quality of design will improve.

So far what's been getting built in Detroit has been a lot of contemporary generic developer urban infill mixed use projects, suburban faux historic/neotraditional developments, and some generic contemporary university building projects.

A handful of recent buildings have broken into territory that Detroit hasn't seen in decades, which is "we hired designers to design the buildings". This is a big upgrade from "we're legally obligated to hire architects, and we suppose there needs to be someone to tell the contractors what to build". This isn't to say that the architects are really doing anything particularly earth shattering, but it's an improvement.

Detroit is well known for it's fall from greatness in many areas, but not often talked about is the decline in its design culture. During the midcentury Detroit was home to many of the greatest designers in the world. Detroit also had high quality projects from outsider designers. And even just the normal local firms produced work of a higher quality than average. There's a long way to go.

DetroitSky May 1, 2018 7:09 AM

Theres a little of both happening currently. When the revival began there was a lot of faux historicism and developers were more concerned with matching the architecture around their project instead of making a modern architectural statement. While thats still going on, many new projects that are under construction or proposed now are more modern in appearance and seem closer to on par with what much of the rest of the US is doing.

Quite honestly I hope projects around here keep with this current trend. I'd love to see more modern notable buildings being made while also maintaining the faux historic infill projects.


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