Structures for Inclusion Conference Exhibit

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The LTU Architecture and Design Alumni Cabinet invites you to join in for a celebration of the accomplishments of the alumni in the public interest design realm. Rogue member and Lawrence Tech alumni, Romica Singh, will be exhibiting some of the ROGUEHAA work as part of this conference. Join us for the evening and enjoy refreshments, networking, exhibits on April 11-12th.

Eventbrite: LTUAlumni-sfi.eventbrite.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1378615095771442/

If you know anyone who would like to register to attend the full conference including the events downtown, they can do that at www.designcorps.org/sfi.

 

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PLATFORM D: Detroit Station for the Arts



RogueHAA recently participated in the “Detroit Station for the Arts” competition. It was intended to rehabilitate the abandoned Detroit’s central station to transform it into a hybrid building full of life, a center for the Arts. Detroit’s legacy was built on the consummation of art and imagination with technical ingenuity. The foresight and craft of Detroit’s past is resurfacing, and has found its arena. By activating Michigan Central Station, this proposal aims to cultivate an industry which is endemic to the city’s being.

Platform D is envisioned as an adaptive reuse development which converts the vacant train station into a hub of creative production. Hotel and residential units fill the ends of the building, while the central corridors are used for art/innovation studios. The 4th-6th floors are flexible use spaces which can host performances, over-sized installations or exhibits. The façade treatment on this floor is transparent, allowing the spaces’ program to be viewed from the street. The upper floors remain loosely programmed with a restaurant overlooking a garden and plaza along the central corridor. The iconic large arched windows remain without glazing to maintain the magnetism of its current condition. The station’s platforms are repurposed into a plaza which can be adapted to different uses. Modified boxcars can be used as art installation spaces and can be rolled into different locations. The plaza terminates in the return of the Amtrak Station.

A culture of production and creation is known globally as a symbol of Detroit, and has arrived at its new home, on PLATFORM D.

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DIFFA: Dining By Design 2014

RogueHAA was proud to participate in the 2014 DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) dining by design event, a non-profit event to raise money and bring awareness to HIV/AIDS. The event was held at the historic Federal Reserve Building at 160 W. Fort St., where guests were invited to participate in three days of activities including a silent art auction, a night of cocktails, and a gala dinner.

Dining by Design brings together a variety of international and local designers to create dining installations that awe, inspire, and delight. Each team was responsible for developing a dining installation that pushed the concept of using basic dining furniture such as tables, table settings, chairs, floors, lighting, including the vignette.

The concept was to define a space within a deconstructed cube using salvaged materials. This concept was reflected in the materials selected by the team – recycled PVC pipes were weaved into a delicate black lattice-patterned vignette. Sequentially, LED lights were strategically placed within the pipes to visually define the space by directing the visitor’s focus through illumination. The dining furniture reinforced the concept through carefully selected pieces.  The dining table was created by Workshop Detroit, who utilized reclaimed wood from vacated Detroit homes.

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Parking Day 2014

In 2014, RogueHAA participated in Park(ing) Day. This event, started by Rebar in 2005, takes place annually when citizens, artists and activists transform parking spaces into public spaces with the purpose of encouraging debate about how public space is created and allocated.

RogueHAA collaborated with Wayne State University to create a design for a single parking space which was flexible enough to meet the programming needs of multiple university organizations throughout the day. The space was organized through a network of adaptable modules which could be utilized as a bench or table, depending on their orientation. This allowed the space to adapt different uses.

RogueHAA constructed and installed the modules with the help of volunteers. After the event was over, the modules were donated to The Alley Project, a youth support organization teaching kids how to market their artistic abilities.

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The Accidental Playground: A Talk with Daniel Campo

Daniel Campo Lecture (2)

The Accidental Playground explores the remarkable landscape created by individuals and small groups who occupied and rebuilt an abandoned Brooklyn waterfront. While local residents, activists, garbage haulers, real estate developers, speculators, and two city administrations fought over the fate of the former Brooklyn Eastern District Terminal (BEDT), others simply took to this decaying edge, transforming it into a unique venue for leisure, creative, and everyday practices. These occupiers and do-it-yourself builders created their own waterfront parks and civic spaces absent every resource needed for successful urban development, including plans, designs, capital, professional assistance, consensus, and permission from the waterfront’s owners. Amid trash, ruins, weeds, homeless encampments, and the operation of an active garbage transfer station, they inadvertently created the “Brooklyn Riviera” and made this waterfront a destination that offered much more than its panoramic vistas of the Manhattan skyline. The terminal evolved into the home turf for unusual and sometimes spectacular recreational, social, and creative subcultures, including the skateboarders who built a short-lived but nationally renowned skatepark, a twenty-five-piece “public” marching band, fire performance troupes, artists, photographers, and filmmakers. At the same time it served the basic recreational needs of local residents. Collapsing piers became great places to catch fish, sunbathe, or take in the views; the foundation of a demolished warehouse became an ideal place to picnic, practice music, or do an art project; rubble-strewn earth became a compelling setting for film and fashion shoots; a broken bulkhead became a beach; and thick patches of weeds dotted by ailanthus trees became a jungle. These reclamations, all but ignored by city and state governments and property interests that were set to transform this waterfront, momentarily added to the distinctive cultural landscape of the city’s most bohemian and rapidly changing neighborhood.

Drawing on a rich mix of documentary strategies, including observation, ethnography, photography, and first-person narrative, Daniel Campo probes this accidental playground, allowing those who created it to share and examine their own narratives, perspectives, and conflicts. The multiple constituencies of this waterfront were surprisingly diverse, their stories colorful and provocative. When taken together, Campo argues, they suggest a radical reimagining of urban parks and public spaces, and the practices by which they are created and maintained.

The Accidental Playground, which treats readers to an utterly compelling story, is an exciting and distinctive contribution to the growing literature on unplanned spaces and practices in cities today.

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Grand + Woodward Holiday Stop

The North End has amazing, beautiful, creative entrepreneurs! Just a sneak peek at what’s in the works…

rogueHAA is working with The Untitled Bottega to create beautiful spaces for the Grand + Woodward Holiday Stop. Volunteers have been cleaning the (previously vacant) storefronts. And entrepreneurs are getting their goods together.

Volunteers are still needed! Meet us at 6560 Woodward, 5pm 12/4; 6pm 12/5; 10am 12/7, and 10am 12/8!)

The Grand + Woodward Holiday Stop is a program brought to you by Vanguard Community Development Corporation, with support from the following partners: Detroit LISC, ProsperUS Detroit, Henry Ford Health System, the DEGC Revolve program, rougeHAA, the Untitled Botega, and NAI Farbman.

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