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McEwen Studio joins team shortlisted for West Riverfront in Detroit
The Conservancy’s ultimate vision is to develop five-and-a-half miles of riverfront from the Ambassador Bridge on the west to Gabriel Richard Park, which is just east of the MacArthur (Belle Isle) Bridge. The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the City of Detroit Planning Department are inviting the public to help shape the future of West Riverfront Park.
Eight teams comprised of some of the nation’s leading design firms will compete to plan the future of Detroit’s West Riverfront Park. Presentations of their qualifications and design philosophy will take place over two days and is open to the public.
W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in collaboration with HR&A, Giffels Webster, Community Development Advocates of Detroit, Quinn Evans Architects, McEwen Studio, and Gardiner & Theobald
House Opera profiled in Hour Detroit
Art House… attempting to reimagine Detroit’s blight
By Leyland DeVito // Photographs by Josh Scott // Published: October 3, 2016
Methexis: Mitch McEwen, A(n) Office / McEwen Studio exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit
On view Friday, May 6 – Sunday, August 28, 2016
Photo of House Opera during SigiFest 2015, courtesy of McEwen Studio / A(n) Office
The DEPE (Department of Education and Public Engagement) Space Residency Project and exhibition series presents interdisciplinary art that serves as a catalyst for learning and transformative conversation about complex social issues. DEPE Space offers opportunities to reflect upon the personal relevance of these topics and how they relate to communities in Detroit and throughout the world. This DEPE exhibition produced by V. Mitch McEwen and collaborators, titled Methexis, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit from Friday, May 6 through Sunday, August 28, 2016.
Methexis presents a series of model studies of balloon-frame houses, exhibited on a lightweight structure that attaches itself to a wood frame. In these architectural studies, parametric methods are deployed to create wood framing variations based on actual footprints of publicly-owned 100-year-old houses in Detroit. This series builds off A(n) Office / McEwen’s ongoing House Opera project, located in Southwest Detroit and undergoing a 2nd phase of construction this summer. Implications of the project at the urban planning level include: how can residential vacancy be converted into an opportunity to support local cultural assets? What are the zoning, planning and building code changes that make this possible? The House Opera and these related computational studies seek to address these questions, while developing a suite of spatial and architectural tactics to facilitate this exploration of performance, community, and form.
DEPE Space is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Mitch McEwen’s Methexis is supported by the University of Michigan Office of Research, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Taubman College, University of Michigan.
McEwen Studio collaboration A(n) OFFICE SELECTED FOR THE UNITED STATES PAVILION AT THE 2016 VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE. TITLED “THE ARCHITECTURAL IMAGINATION” AND CONCEPTUALLY SITED IN DETROIT, THE EXHIBITION EXPLORES THE INNOVATIVE CAPACITIES OF ARCHITECTURE TO ADDRESS 21ST CENTURY SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES. http://www.thearchitecturalimagination.org/
Mitch McEwen Lectures at University of Washington School of Art + Art History + Design
Archinect Sessions interviews Mitch McEwen.
This first Archinect Sessions podcast of 2015 profiles McEwen studio Principal Mitch McEwen through a 30 minute interview. Archinect editors and producers Paul, Amelia, Donna and Ken talk with McEwen about living and working in Detroit, her collaborative pursuits, and the profession’s impending new wave of interdisciplinary practice. The conversation touches upon software as an architectural project, alternative practice models, potential relationships between zoning and urban protest, and other topics.
Film Opera at the Whitney
McEwen Studio has collaborated with the global collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? on a film opera exhibited at the 2014 Whitney Biennial. As a participant in HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, McEwen Studio collaborated on concepts, music, and movement for the film, titled “Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera.” This Biennial is the last to take place in the Whitney’s Marcel Breuer building at 945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street.
McEwen Studio releases Primate: The 1st plug-in to integrate Leap Motion with parametric design in Grasshopper.
Over 200 Grasshopper users downloaded Primate in the first month of its release, with over 2,000 views of the demo videos. Primate is a plug-in for the 3D software Rhino with Grasshopper, the scripting interface for parametric definitions of openNURBS geometry. Primate uses a C# package on the .NET platform to create communication between the Leap Motion device and the full suite of 3D modelling potential in Rhino and Grasshopper.