Social Production

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  • Detroit's abundance of vacated manufacturing spaces has created an opportunity. Artists and entrepreneurs are flocking to the city to take advantage of cheap space and an exciting culture. While old manufacturing buildings are providing affordable spaces for start ups and bootstrappers, we can see evidence that these buildings were not designed to accomodate today's makers.  Production has become smaller, more flexible and collaborative. To get off the ground, small businesses need cheap space, but an open and urban setting. Makers are also marketers and retailers—yet spaces in old manufacturing buildings are isolated. Customers are demanding not only to see behind the curtain of production, but they're also asking to have a hand in the making of their goods.

    In this project, I'm using Detroit's abandoned Globe Trade Building to explore an adaptive reuse intervention that sets up the maker-business to thrive, in terms of production, collaboration and shared resources, and marketing.
  • View the full ISSUU edition here. For a preview of some of the work, see images below.
  • View of the building from Atwater Street and the River Walk.
  • View of the North Facade at night, as seen from the DeQuindre Cut Greenway.
  • Detroit's Rivertown Warehouse District, the Easter Market, DeQuindre Cut, and the Detroit River Front Conservancy (in color).
  • Roof and Site Plan
  • Interior view of the South Stairs
  • Circulation Diagram
  • Interior View of the Main Hall. The main hall serves as a semi-public space—providing access to the studios and space for collaborative work.
  • The Globe Trade Building has evolved over time; a collection of buildings built over the years—a dry dock facility, ship building, engine manufacturing, and a hotel. An updated program in based on having a few key players: hotel/restaurant, studio/office developer, fabrication shop, and Shed 7—an extension of the Eastern Market.
  • Tuesday, 10 AM
    The West Hall serves as an overflow space for studios to spread out and work during weekdays.
  • Saturday, 1:30 PM

    The West Hall becomes SHED 7, an extension of the Eastern Market for hard goods, during the weekends.