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Local high school art on display at Mahindra HQ in Auburn Hills

Auburn Hills-based Mahindra champions the art of local high school students, seeks to grow program

For design inspiration for the north half of Mahindra Automotive’s North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Advanced Concepts Manager Paul Lowis turned to the talented high school students of Oakland County.

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Can Metro Detroit's treasure trove of mid-century modern architecture be preserved?

Metromode's Patrick Dunn tells us about the remarkable history – and sometimes disheartening present condition – of mid-century modern architecture in Metro Detroit.

Bob Gibbs presents a rendering of Troy's decidedly urbanist Master Plan.

How Metro Detroit's car-oriented suburbs are implementing a 'new American dream'

Things have changed over the past decade, with both residents and businesses shifting their attention back towards compact, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods like Ferndale, Royal Oak, Birmingham, and Midtown and Downtown Detroit, and Metro Detroit's car-oriented are adjusting accordingly. 

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House

Look to the suburbs to understand the eclecticism of Albert Kahn's architecture

Architect Albert Kahn designed hundreds of commissions in Detroit, but some of his most interesting work lies beyond the city's borders.

South Pacific Steel Installation

ZeroBase brings renewable energy to areas in need all over the world

Ferndale-based ZeroBase Energy was established in 2009 with the vision of making cleaner sources of energy more accessible to those most in need. 

Treger Strasberg

The Humble Mission of Humble Design

Pontiac-based Humble Design assists families in transition out of homelessness by turning their houses into homes with donated furniture and household goods as well as personalized design services. 

Stanisz, Rigato, and Van Til

The Forthcoming Mabel Gray Signals a New Cool for Hazel Park and Michigan's Top Chef

Hazel Park is "under construction," says Chef James Rigato. And, thanks in no small part to his forthcoming second restaurant Mabel Gray, it stands to be the next cool metro Detroit neighborhood to open an independent business. 

Ashley and Andy Harrison, Utley Brothers Printing

Utley Brothers Printing comes full circle after 70 years

Troy-based Utley Brothers Printing is celebrating 70 years in business this year, and with the introduction of their letterpress studio the Atlantic Press five years ago, the company is paying homage to its early origins as much as it is keeping up with current design trends. 

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In Pontiac, historic neighborhoods are key to city's revival

Pontiac's historic neighborhoods are not only testaments to the city's former economic and industrial might, but also to its potential for future redevelopment.

Salvaging parts of South Lyon's historic mill

Saving the Leonard Mill, a 19th century agricultural relic in Oakland County

Parts from a doomed historic mill in South Lyon will be used to restore a similar mill in the Village of Leonard, creating a historic destination on the Polly Ann Trail.

Saginaw Street Consignments

Saginaw Street Consignments is Vintage Pontiac

Saginaw Street Consignments is a vintage store located 150 N. Saginaw St. that sells previously-owner furniture, lighting, fine china, artwork, designer handbags, jewelry, vintage audio equipment, and other housewares and accessories. Co-owner April Ogg-Ivankovich’s family has owned and operated the downtown Pontiac building for over 50 years. 

Milford's Central Park

Get AMPed: A New Multi-Purpose Amphitheater is Coming to Downtown Milford

AMP in Central Park is a grassroots effort to build a multi-use outdoor amphitheater in Milford's Central Park. AMP is a collaborative effort between the Rotary Club of Milford, the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Milford Downtown Development Authority

The Crofoot

From a dying landmark to live music, the Crofoot rocks Downtown Pontiac

Both the building at 1 S. Saginaw in Pontiac and the McGowan family have deep ties to Michigan history. Through their redevelopment of the Crofoot building from abandoned office space to a ballroom, the family proved that the recipe for downtown revitalization is one part historic preservation, one part innovation, and a dash of rock 'n roll.

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Walking The Talk: ISCG Creates Its Own Inspired Workplace

ISCG in Royal Oak has long been designing workplaces for clients with an eye toward rehabilitation and re-use. Last year the firm put its money where its mouth was and became its own client. The building? The discarded Royal Radio building on Main Street. The results speak for themselves.

Rendering of Lafayette Place, Pontiac

Oakland County's Preservation Architect Ron Campbell Talks Adaptive Reuse and Preservation

Oakland County Prosper checks in with Oakland County’s Economic Development and Community Affairs’ Principal Planner/Preservation Architect Ronald A. Campbell for his insight into the importance of historic preservation.
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