Friday, February 09, 2007

Saving a Modest Mid-Century Classic

"The community of Grosse Pointe, Michigan has a cultural treasure that is in danger of being demolished - the Central Library, designed by noted architect and educator Marcel Breuer. Such stories are becoming commonplace across the country. Modern architectural gems are slowly disappearing despite the protests of those who recognize their value as part of our shared twentieth century artistic and cultural heritage.

"But there is a chance to save this local landmark from demolition! The Modern Architecture Protection Agency (MAPA) was organized by a group of concerned Archinect members with the express purpose of demonstrating that design ingenuity can lead to solutions that accommodate contemporary needs while respecting modern landmarks. To this end, we have organized a Design Charrette that will show the Grosse Pointe Library's Board of Directors that imaginative solutions can solve their programmatic needs while saving the Breuer-designed facility from demolition."

Read on, including details on the Design Charette - which is open to all and noncompetitive.

Submissions should be emailed to on or before midnight, February 21, 2007. Archinect will host a gallery of submissions.

This effort is brought to you by MAPA and supported by:
The Grosse Pointe Library's Board of Directors
AIA Urban Priorities Committee

[Thanks Neil at M1]

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