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.