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Jams
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Post Number: 3211
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 68.79.98.212
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 10:34 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


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Inside the architecture building on the campus of the University of Detroit Mercy, nine students have spent nearly every waking hour for the last six weeks drawing, redrawing, designing, redesigning, constructing and reconstructing -- all to create a symbol of hope in the city....




http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060501/BUSINESS04/605010386

(Message edited by JamS on May 01, 2006)
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Gravitymachine
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Post Number: 1029
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Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 10:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

um, that link is about coney dogs jams :D

I read about it in the freep this morning, very cool....I've been meaning to go to that architectural salvage place for months
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1953
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Post Number: 783
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Posted From: 209.104.146.146
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 11:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The picture of the house they designed doesnt make it look too much like it will blend into the neighborhood. Its a bit too futuristic...
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Sumotect
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Post Number: 185
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Posted From: 64.243.32.9
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 11:59 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Nice job UDM. I think it works well with the neighborhood. Woodbridge is a great site for this kind of project.
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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 299
Registered: 03-2006
Posted From: 68.20.140.8
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 2:10 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

This will be great if it's built. It will require quite an Angel to come forward and buy it for $230k.

ASWD is a great place. And cheap to. Got an old fashioned wooden screen door there for $15. Of course we had to put $85 into it to make it work. But it had the original working handle that still locks! Ain't DIY fun!
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Bvos
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Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 2:15 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

$230k doesn't seem too far out of line with Woodbridge. I think folks would expect to pay a little more for a green house as well as one that is a custom design.
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Eastsidedog
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Post Number: 300
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Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 2:18 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Bvos, good points. But the house is 1,640 sq. ft. which is smallish for Woodbridge. Let's hope that someone out there may want to pay for such a custom house.
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Jfried
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Post Number: 828
Registered: 11-2003
Posted From: 209.131.7.190
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 7:02 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'd have to agree with 1953. What about Woodbridge's Historic District Standards?

$230 seems very high for that neighborhood.
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Jams
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Post Number: 3224
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Posted From: 68.252.127.221
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 7:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)


quote:

Working with the Woodbridge Neighborhood Development Corp., the Architectural Salvage Warehouse of Detroit proposed a first-ever partnership with the university. The idea was simple enough: A group of architecture students would design a house using recycled goods from a historic mansion




It could be inferred from that statement, this design would be welcomed in that area.
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Rsa
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Post Number: 835
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Posted From: 69.215.247.68
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 7:22 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

let's keep this in mind before people start criticizing the minutia of the project: here's a group of students who pay one of the most expensive tuitions in the state for one of the most expensive programs in the state donating their time, a school with a focus on community service, and a professor with the thought to come up with this project all to better a neighborhood. i say well done udm soa!
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Jfried
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Post Number: 829
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Posted From: 209.131.7.190
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 7:36 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I wouldn't say that questioning an ultra modern design in one of the city's well established historic districts is "criticizing the minutia of the project." I don't think many of the people who spent years rehabing their own homes would like to see that type of infill next to them.

any new construction in an historic district has to go through this process

http://www.ci.detroit.mi.us/bs ed/building_codes/historic_dis trict.htm

That said, I think the design is great. I hope it is eventually built.
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Histeric
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Post Number: 691
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Posted From: 68.61.194.66
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 8:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Contrary to opinion, the Woodbridge neighborhood, west of Trumbull, is not (yet?) a locally designated historic district, and does not have to go through the process in Jfried's link. East of Trumbull (essentially Lincoln Street) is locally designated and does. Having a national designation in honorary and carrys no teeth. The enforcement only comes from local designation.

Congrats to WNDC. This looks like a great project.
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Viziondetroit
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Post Number: 412
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Posted From: 68.42.176.190
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 8:48 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

good project.. gives them hands on experience.
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Jams
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Post Number: 3226
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Posted From: 68.252.127.221
Posted on Monday, May 01, 2006 - 9:01 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Sometimes I think that if F.L. Wright or A. Kahn, themselves, decended from the heavens to design a building or a home here, people would bitch about it. Too Suburban, Not Dense Enough, Set back too far, etc. etc.

Detroitplanner made a point in another thread (I'm paraphrasing, my apologies) "that there is no one style of building to fit everywhere in Detroit". Could anyone afford a home or to build one as they did 85 years ago?

The choice is let areas continue to remain vacant or in ruin, start over again by bulldozing everything so everything fits by today's standards, or allow new infill that takes into consideration the old but utilizes the new realities.

(Message edited by JamS on May 02, 2006)
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Royce
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Post Number: 1602
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Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 1:10 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Where's the exact location of this house and does anyone have any pictures of it?
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W00w
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Post Number: 5
Registered: 04-2006
Posted From: 169.232.230.124
Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 3:40 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

where's the picture of the house they made?
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Jams
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Post Number: 3231
Registered: 10-2003
Posted From: 68.248.74.109
Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 7:01 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Click on the photos in the upper left of the site.
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Chow
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Post Number: 293
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Posted From: 65.29.110.23
Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2006 - 10:05 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Royce, the site is on Avery between Lysander and Forest (if I remember correctly). The design looks much better in person than in those photos.

These students put an insane amount of time and sweat into this project. If anything, I applaud them for their efforts.

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