Restrained Urbanism Sean Baxter
Restrained Urbanism Whatâ€™s Next For The Globe Building? Sean Baxter
1922 Source: Sanborn Maps, 1922, Vol. 4
2010 Source: Google Earth
The context around the Globe Building Above: Panorama looking northwest from the top of the hill just southwest of the building between Atwater and the river. Left: Dequindre Cut headed south toward the Globe Building. Right: Intersection of Orleans St. and Woobridge St. looking northeast. Far Right: Orleans Woodbridge Intersection looking southwest.
450 Can Detroit Be Dense? The current zoning around the Globe Building remains the same as it was during higher density mixed use days of more active times. This creates an interesting situation where whatever comes next, though likely to be lower density than before, has the opportunity to develop in relationship to rules of high density. Frontality to the street
Exploration of promoting the sense or perception of density in a low density context. The narrow streets reminded me of my second home in Busan, South Korea. While Detroit is not and will never be dense enough to replicate the street scenes of the city in Korea, the closeness and frontality that exist(ed) in urban Detroit seem to offer a potential for something interesting to immerge that plays with residents sense of and desire for greater density of services and resources.
451 Exploration of promoting the sense or perception of density in a low density context. Process sketches and diagrams from earlier in the term that speak to the idea of creating the open facade that gives a site frontality while not requiring building behind it to fill the site.
452 Riverfront Conservancy and Park Development The slow growth of the riverwalk and system of parks and recreation has begun to change the overall perception of a part of Detroit that has been inactive for a long time.
Source: Panoramio Cobo Center
453 GENERAL MOTORS BALANCES RISK & REWARD. page 104
JEFF DANIELS' FAVORITE DETROIT EATS. page 109
JACK NICKLAUS ON BUSINESS, GOLF AND GRANDKIDS. page 130
DAYTRIPPING: ANN ARBOR. page 110
5 MINUTES WITH BURT REYNOLDS. page 145
INSIDE THE BREAKERS & BOCA RATON RESORTS. page 147
Palm Beach County
MOTOR CITY MOMENTUM From Motown roots to automotive expertise, Metro Detroit has helped drive America forward for over a century.
OASIS OF OPPORTUNITY There are only two things as bright as the economic outlook of Palm Beach County—its constant sunshine and top-rate talent.
Delta Airlines’ Sky Magazine is already juxtaposing Detroit’s new waterfront with much more attractive waterfonts in more tourist friendly and tropical areas.
Bridge to Belle Isle
Removal of the facade The initial move is to remove most of the facade to completely open up the Globe Trade Building site to public recreational and leisure. The structural frame will be refurbished and fitted for future insertions of prefab housing and office space. The longterm goal of the site will be to have a diverse use and inhabitation of prefab units secured within the structural frame but until interest increases enough to bring more occupation to the area, the globe site strives to be a successful extension of the other recreational spaces being constructed now; the Dequindre Cut and Milliken State Park.
455 Iron and Steel Refurbishment Rusting can be prevented by applying diverse protective coatings (e.g. brush, roller, immersion, spraying) and by galvanising processes. The surfaces must first be cleaned of all rust, oil, grease and old paint by way of grinding, blasting or acid treatments. Immersion and galvanising cannot be carried out in situ. The combination of galvanising and painting (duplex method) offers better protection. Joints and small cracks can be made good with putty (formerly containing red lead) and boiled linseed oil or finish coat. Natural pigments, graphite or silicate paints are mixed with water, glass, tar and asphalt and bonded with linseed oil and varnish.
existing elements added elements
Proposed Parks (Currently Abandoned Lots) Detroit Riverfront Conservancy Parks Globe Trade Building Current Buildings Dequindre Cut
458 Expanding the End of the Dequindre Cut Currently, the Dequindre Cut ends in a nondescript way as it slips bhind the high walls of the Globe Trade Building. This cause a problem as it doesnâ€™t achieve its biggest ambition, which is to connect those who have walked or ridden down the cut to the new paths along the riverfront. I propose that the Globe Building, instead of hiding the end point of the cut, can intself become the grand entrance, exit point.
Dequindre Cut Currently Ends In the Shadow of the Globe Building
Proposal to have the cut end within the remains of the Globe Building
460 Process of removing floor to allow for a new landscape to immerge inside the Globe. Parts of the original concrete ground floor will be removed to allow for raised beds to be placed.
463 Creation of and desire for good public space Lighting and seating have been added along the Dequindre Cut and as part of the investments in revitalizing the infrastructure of the area. These small scale improvements have a large impact on the appearance of inhabitability of the space.
464 First Floor/Ground Plan
Ground Floor Plan Scale: 1/32” = 1’
466 Dequindre Cut Before and After
Detroit Mon Amour_Web Tours to the Heart of Detroit, DetroitYes.com, Downloaded: Friday, April 22, 2011. http://www.detroityes.com/news/070726/601pics/201.htm
Photos above Source: Google Street View
467 Elevator Building Before and After The tranformation of the Elevator Building may hint at the new confidence building in the area as a response to the construction of the Dequindre Cut bike path.
Photos above Source: Google Street View
468 Perspective/Axon Exploded Simplified Explanation of Inserted Program (Exploded Diagram describing two units currently inserted into the design and the exhibition space behind the slice of wall thatâ€™s been preserved on the Southwest corner of the Machine Shop.)
An exhibition space sits behind the one section of wall that will be preserved and provides public access to information on the history of the building and Detroit.
One section of the facade will be kept in order to remember the original character of the building.
Live units on the East Side of the building are inserted into the former Machine Shop. The units hang from the large cross member that extends between the trusses. Work units on the West Side of the building sit between the columns.
Inserts into the preserved frame of the building
470 Second Floor/16’ Plan Showing Units on East Side which are lifted 10’ off of the ground in the former foundery building area.
East Unit Plan Scale: 1/32” = 1’
Third Floor/30’ Plan Meant to show Units on West Side which are lifted 25’ off of the ground in the former Machine Shop.
West Unit Plan Scale: 1/32” = 1’
474 East-West Section
476 North-South Section Long section that shows the seemless transition from the Dequindre cut into the Globe Building, through the Foundry.
Le Jardin de Fonderies, Nantes, France, ADH: Doazan and Hirschberger Website, http:// www.doazan-hirschberger.com/.
483 Precedent Le Jardin de Fonderies in Nantes, France, dealt with a similar context to ours. â€œThe Project is the transformation of a long unused factory and warehouse district into a large working and housing neighborhood.â€? (Paisea, #016, pg. 34)
System 3, New York, USA, Oskar Leo Kaufmann/Albert Ruf Website, http://www.olkruf.com/.
Casa Minga, Dumay Arquitectos Website, http://www.dumayarquitectos.cl/.
Tree House, Marten Cyren Website, http://www.cyren.se/ arbeten/koja_cyren.asp
Published on May 18, 2011
Published on May 18, 2011
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