redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti
 
redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti
jun 29, 2013

redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti

redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti

 

using the surrounding urban fabric as the generator for a new vision of the city, minicity detroit by davide marchetti architetto utilizes the historic and present urban conditions to materialize a concept that directly responds to the site. bringing the existing physical form and history into the plan, the conditions set by the rome-based architect provides a framework for renewal.
 at the pedestrian level a new urban space is formed; conceived of as the extension of woodward avenue, providing a space for transition as well as an active urban core. both above and below, an elevated platform for public events such as fairs, outdoor markets, music concerts and festivals is introduced to the proposal.

 

 

redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti
view from woodward avenue

 

 

the design pulls the existing urban grid into the site to generate the driving axes of the scheme, allowing for a merging of both the historic city and its potential as a new addition to the woodward avenue corridor.
the high-rise extrudes from this framework in an industrial red brick-style, inserted as a new architectural addition to the detroit skyline.

 

 

redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti
aerial view of downtown detroit

 

 

redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti
cross section

 

redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti
programmatic distribution

 

 

redesigning detroit: vision for an iconic site by davide marchetti
design process

 

 

project: redesigning detroit: a new vision for an iconic site

program: international design competition for a new urban development
location: detroit, usa

sponsor: rock ventures llc, promoted by ‘opportunity detroit’
area: 8.546 sqm

budget: N/A
status: international design competition, june 2013, first prize

architect: davide marchetti architetto, rome, italy
team: davide marchetti, erin pellegrino

 

 

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  • Hey! how about some production and production facilities. Sure is cute to see a vintage ‘vette on the street there but we need some long term production ideas not some farmers markets selling ”heirloom” tomatoes. Let’s get designers to invent ”products” to ”build” and sell.

    Lightmaker

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