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Despite city hall's propensity to knock down historic structures, Detroit's building stock remains pretty remarkable for a city of its size. From humble Victorians in Corktown to sprawling mansions in Indian Village, from Yamasaki's sleek and calm McGregor Conference Center to the jaw-dropping deco design on display at the Guardian Building, the city's got enough in the bricks-'n'-mortar department to keep those tourist cameras snapping.

Architecture Features

Garlin Gilchrist speaks at the Detroit Design Festival

Third annual Detroit Design Festival showcased city's bright design future

The Detroit Design Festival wrapped up its third annual summit last month and, as expected, there were in-depth discussions about the power of design. But this year's iteration of the festival had special import. 

Exterior of the Hawkins Ferry House

Five of the greatest modern buildings in Metro Detroit

We asked Brian Conway, editor of a recently released book on Michigan's contributions to design, to list his favorite modern buildings in Metro Detroit. 

Former site of Saint-Étienne’s military manufacturing activities, the Manufacture

Three things to know about Detroit's City of Design designation

UNESCO's City of Design designation has helped members transform their cities through design. Ellen Schneider of the Detroit Creative Corridor Center writes about how Detroit can harness that same potential. 

Detail-work by Nielbock, incorporating the iconic "Spirit of Detroit" statue

Restoring memories and forging futures with Carl Nielbock of CAN Art Handworks

CAN Art Handworks, a metalsmithing facility that specializes in the restoration of historic architectural metalwork, might best be summed up in this simple mission statement: learn from history in preparation for the future.


Seeking a "missing middle" in Metro Detroit's housing market

Even as demographics shift and preferences change, most Metro Detroit developers are sticking with a familiar playbook of detached single family homes. But a few intrepid builders are testing the waters with "missing middle" housing.
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