Monthly Archives: September 2009

LARS GRABNER — EVENT 03 “Challenging Detroit: (Re)generating Urbanism”

lecturesHAA is dedicated to creating a broader creative discourse through open and collaborative dialogue. The program includes lectures and discussions throughout the year that will consider important contemporary design issues associated with the urban environment.

The initial program for 2009 will be “Challenging Detroit: (Re)generating Urbanism.” This program will provide an important platform for consideration of innovative, multidisciplinary strategies designed to help the city not only create reinvestment and redevelopment, but also begin to regenerate the social, economic and environmental attributes that define it. Now, more than ever, we need to come together to understand how we can effectively participate in the thoughtful, creative regeneration of Detroit.

While it is relatively unconventional for a professional design firm such as Hamilton Anderson Associates to create and coordinate a lecture program such as this, we feel that by leveraging our resources and interests in design, we may more fully establish a fertile exchange of ideas that helps to bridge the gap between the creative community and the community at-large.

The public is encouraged to attend these free events. Please return to rogueHAA for future dates and topics.


Lars Gräbner practices architecture in the city of Detroit and has been a resident of the city since 2000. After four years as a head designer at Studio Libeskind in Berlin, Germany, and then teaching at the ETH in Zürich, he accepted a position at the University of Michigan, teaching architectural design, construction and urbanism. Intrigued by Detroit, he decided to contribute to the development of the city. Continue reading

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Detroit Port Authority Terminal.  Detroit’s latest riverfront development is a modest two story structure that significantly transforms Detroit’s skyline.  The Detroit/ Wayne County Port Authority commissioned Hamilton Anderson Associates (HAA) to design a new 22,000 square foot international ship passenger terminal.  However diminutive in square footage, the scale of the building’s importance as a gateway far exceeds its physical stature.  It is in this dichotomy that we find the most interesting design problems of this project.

The Port Authority terminal is designed to function as both a domestic and international facility, including associated functions such as customs, border patrol, baggage handling, ticketing, and queuing. The building and dock will accommodate Great Lakes cruise ships, tall ships, and other large vessels, as well as the offices for the Port Authority.  The $15 million dollar project is currently under construction at the foot of Bates Street, between Atwater Street and the Detroit RiverContinue reading

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