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Detroit Design Festival – Celebration of Architecture + Fashion Show

CHROMA – Bridget Sullivan Designs with RogueHAA – Photographer: Lindee Robinson – Model: Chelsey Korte – Hair/MUA: Noel Fischetti

RogueHAA’s collaboration with Bridget Sullivan, a local fashion and textile designer, produced “Chroma,” a design combining tradition and technology with hand-sewn vintage fabrics and 3D printed pieces.  “Chroma” was the finale piece of Sullivan’s latest collection, which was presented at the Detroit Design Festival’s Eastern Market After Dark.  Sullivan and HAA used impressionist color blending, the fluidity of ballet movement, and pleated fabric manipulations to merge dissimilar materials and techniques.

Sullivan and HAA collaborated from the design’s initial concept through fabrication.  They studied sewing techniques, such as smocking and pleating, which provide both rigidity and flexibility to fabric.  Printed modules emulate the flexibility and repetition of smocking and transition into pleats that receive and manipulate the fabric.

Check out more about the AIA fashion show here: Bridget Sullivan Designs

Detroit Design Festival - AIA Celebration of Architecture + Fashion Show

Detroit Design Festival – AIA Celebration of Architecture + Fashion Show

 

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Park[ing] Day 2015

Parking Day Concept Idea

RogueHAA’s installation for Parking Day 2015 had two goals – first, to create a usable public amenity through the reclamation of vehicular real estate, and second to interject a bit of soft, green surfacing into the hard urban landscape. The undulating surface of the installation was created by carving block of foam off-site. Painted plywood provided a clean edge around the installation’s perimeter, and sod provided a surface for passerbys to sit and enjoy. The installation was fabricated off-site and assembled in a parking stall on Broadway in less than 20 minutes.

The team received compliments from adjacent businesses on their creativity, and local news took and interest too.

Check it out – MLIVE – RogueHAA Parking Day

 

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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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2013 Detroit Design Festival

 

After a brief hiatus, RogueHAA is back in action for the 2013 Detroit Design Festival. Our installation seeks to activate an empty pocket parking lot in Detroit’s North End with a series of grass terraces combined with blank writing walls. Rather than a creating static object to be viewed from a distance, we propose a literal platform for conversation and reflection. Each section of the installation wall will include a different provocation as a means to catalyze and frame a conversation about the city.

Throughout the festival, visitors will be encouraged to write their ideas, thoughts, challenges, and pictures on the walls of the installation. These will be collected and curated as part of an online gallery to promote engagement with a larger audience, and longevity beyond the festival itself.

The installation will located at 2871 E. Grand Blvd and will open Saturday September 21, at noon. Be sure to check out the rest of the the Festival Happenings here

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POP-UP RETAIL: Cafe con Leche del Este

During the month of October, rogueHAA began work on our latest tactical urbanism strategy, the pop-up initiative – Cafe con Leche del Este.  Cafe con Leche de Este is a community led pop-up coffee shop and event space located within a vacant storefront within the Lafayette Park strip mall. Working with the Detroit Economic Growth Corporation (DEGC), the owners of the Lafayette Shopping Plaza,  the Jefferson East Business Association (JEBA), the Lafayette Park community, and the cafe owners of Cafe con Leche, rogueHAA designed, managed, and constructed the pop-up retail in under four weeks.  The budget was $4000 and included all construction materials, furniture rental, labor, artwork, ceiling and lighting treatments, signage, and interior accessories.  The pop-up cafe and community event space occurred during the entire month of November, hosting multiple movie screenings, lecture events, and gatherings.  In total, over 2,000 people walked through the doors, making this pop-up space the most successful rogueHAA regeneration strategy to date.

More specifically, rogueHAA would like to thank the DEGC and JEBA for helping facilitate the funding, permits, and additional management required to make this project come to fruition. We’d like to thank Franklin Furniture for their generous lending of furniture. Thank you to Patty at Lafayette Foods for brokering the use of the Mies Storefront. Most importantly, we’d like to thank ALL of the community volunteers who either donated materials money or put in countless hours constructing or detailing this community space. And lastly, we have a few individuals who went above and beyond the call of volunteer duty: Cal Navin, Betty Steehler, Jim Griffioen, Sara Woodward, Karen Barney, Jill-Morgan Aubert, Vasco Roma, and Noah Resnick.

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