Temple Beth El by architect Minoru Yamasaki

Temple Beth El, Study #01, photo by Brian Day Temple Beth El was established in 1850 as the first Jewish congregation in the state of Michigan. Their history page notes that there were just 60 Jews out of a population of 21,000 at that time. The Michigan Notable Book Michigan Modern’s page on Temple Beth El … Continue reading Temple Beth El by architect Minoru Yamasaki

The Smitty and Detroit’s University Club

the.smitty // Detroit, MI, photo by Brian Day Historic Detroit says that the University Club: …was a fraternal organization where the city’s educated men could go to hang out and network. The organization was founded in 1899 in Swan’s Chop House at the northwest corner of Woodward and Larned. To be a member, you had … Continue reading The Smitty and Detroit’s University Club

Detroit Street Photography with Brian Day

resurrection, photo by brian The opening reception for the show Cardiovista: Detroit Street Photography takes place next Friday (January 16) from 5-7:30 at the University of Michigan Dearborn’s Alfred Berkowitz Gallery (in the Mardigian Library). The show features the work of Carlos Diaz, Bruce Harkness, Tom Stoye and Michigan in Pictures regular Brian Day. Click … Continue reading Detroit Street Photography with Brian Day

Hiking to happiness

expedition, photo by brian A couple months ago, Trish P shared an article from Outside Magazine about findings from British & Michigan researchers that Hiking Makes You Happier: Researchers from the University of Michigan and Edge Hill University in England evaluated 1,991 participants in England’s Walking for Health program, which hosts nearly 3,000 walks per week for … Continue reading Hiking to happiness

$80 Million Michigan Central Station Makeover?

Michigan Central Station, Detroit, MI 2013, photo by brian The Lansing State Journal reports on Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Maroun’s plan for an $80-million makeover of Michigan Central Station: Michigan Central Station, a well-known symbol of Detroit’s decay, is expected to get $80 million in renovations over the next three years, according to a top aide … Continue reading $80 Million Michigan Central Station Makeover?

know these things: Cities & Rain

know these things, photo by .brianday Michigan Radio’s Stateside program interviewed Dr. Larissa Larsen of the Urban and Regional Planning Program at the University of Michigan about how our warming climate & heavier rains impacts how we plan & manage cities. It’s an interesting concept and another financial eventuality we’ll need to include in our long-term planning … … Continue reading know these things: Cities & Rain

Remembering Michigan’s legendary architect Albert Kahn

Albert Kahn’s legacy, photo by .brianday. “Architecture is 90 percent business and 10 percent art.” ~Albert Kahn Legendary Detroit architect Albert Kahn died on December 8, 1942. The Albert Kahn entry at Wikipedia begins: Kahn was born on March 21, 1869 in Rhaunen, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. Kahn came to Detroit in 1880 at the age of … Continue reading Remembering Michigan’s legendary architect Albert Kahn