As Detroit’s population decreases, water bills increase to maintain the water infrastructure which remains the same size. Foreclosures occur due to water bill debt and the population decreases again creating a cycle, and leaving behind a bloated, inefficient, and decaying water infrastructure. The proposed architecture brings the currently massive infrastructural scale closer to the local architecture scale so they grow and shrink proportionally. On the site where the architecture is located the street-alley-street pattern is broken, resulting in a street front to butt up against the backyard of another. Instead of committing to a front and back architecture which would contribute to the existing misalignment, a Frontless architecture is generated. The roof formalizes the relationship between the architecture and infrastructure, by collecting water to a single points, which creates building cores and where a porches begin to cluster in the open community landscape beneath the units.
Integrated Design Studio 4
Luke Blair is a student at Lawrence Technological University, pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Architecture and is an active member in both AIAS and NOMAS student organizations. He is interested in the relationship between the technical, measured form and unmeasurable, phenomenological space of architecture.