With the fragments of a once-unified urban suburb, this area along Woodward Avenue is a strategic site for the Weather Shed. Artist collaboratives and maker spaces are a few examples of the shared economy programs that are helping to revitalize the city of Detroit and its greater metropolitan area. The shed fosters these shared economy programs with its dynamic and flexible volume which is able to adapt to the changing needs of the user. The “vessels” are customizable pods that each user can adapt to their specific needs. These “vessels” are able to move throughout the various floors of the shed, continually changing the shed’s internal atmosphere.
The Weather Shed provides an alternative model of architectural authorship which allows for a more discursive engagement that acknowledges weather’s creative influence. Like the weather, this shed is in constant flux, adapting to the changing needs of its internal and external climate.
location : Detroit, MI
program : Maker Space, Commercial & Residential
advisor : Kathy Velikov
acknowledgements : University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
There is a heavy dose of optimism running through the cultural veins of this iron belt city. An invigorating sense of opportunity has brought a young creative constituent into the low-rent urban center of Detroit with dreams of leaving an impact and contributing to the revitalization of this, once booming, metropolis.
Many restaurants and bars are sprouting into renovations of classic structures as well as some new construction, which are attracting more and more people into living here. However, the real beginning of the invigoration stemmed from a generation of artists, creatives, makers, and doers that livened the streets with their graffiti, turned blight into sculpture, and recalled early-industrial processes as an inspiration for creative making.
Art and culture are essential to the success of any urban city. These groups of artist collectives in Detroit have brought culture and collaboration as their tools against the decaying city. While each group is unique in the spaces they occupy and their contribution to their neighborhoods, they share a common goal to create a self-sustaining network where collective effort can reshape Detroit and the greater metropolitan area.
This short documentary was filmed and edited in collaboration with Ryan Goold and Stephanie Yeow