Detroit Month of Design
Detroit’s 11th annual Month of Design kicks off on September 1st, and what a month it will be. The 2021 schedule is filled with exhibitions, design experiences, workshops, installations, open studios, talks, tours, and more, all brought to life through Design Core and the community. Detroit’s Month of Design has done nothing but grow over the past years, doubling in its events since 2019.
Albert Kahn: Creating the Modern World
“Albert Kahn: Creating the Modern World” celebrates the work of Albert Kahn (1869-1942), Detroit’s most important architect of the first half of the 20th century and the world’s foremost industrial architect of his day. Kahn’s work enabled the creation of America’s modern industrial enterprises, created iconic office and civic buildings, and inspired the streamlined modernist designs that followed. The exhibit tells the story of historically significant architecture and design that has stood the test of time.
Using text and numerous photos, the exhibit shows the innovative genius behind the design and building of many of Detroit and Michigan’s most iconic structures–from the automotive factories of the early 20th century, such as the Packard Plant and Ford’s sprawling Rouge complex, to numerous Detroit landmarks, including the Fisher Building, the Detroit Athletic Club, the Belle Isle Aquarium and Conservatory. During the height of the Art Deco period, Kahn designed the former General Motors headquarters, the Edsel and Eleanor Ford House, and many buildings on the University of Michigan campus, including Hill Auditorium and the Carillon Tower.
Event partners are The Fisher Building/The Platform, which is providing the exhibit space, and Albert Kahn Associates, which is co-hosting the opening event on September 9.
First Annual Albert Kahn Legacy Foundation Detroit Bike Tour of Albert Kahn’s Detroit
Sunday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ride along for an approximately 8.8-mile, two-hour bicycle tour of Albert Kahn-designed buildings in and around greater downtown Detroit. The tour will begin and end near the Fisher Building and visit Albert Kahn’s personal residence, the Detroit Athletic Club, the National Theatre, and the Detroit Free Press Building, among several others. The ride will be led by former Detroit Free Press columnist John Gallagher, and docents will offer descriptions of each Kahn-related site at multiple stops along the way.
This is a must see for architecture lovers! Space is limited to 30 attendees. Water and snacks will be provided before and after the ride. Riders must bring their own bicycles and be able to ride at a moderate pace to stay with the group.
Optional walking tour of the Fisher Building at the end of the ride.
Space is limited to 30 attendees. $25 for members, $35 for non-members
After Albert Kahn: The Emergence of Yamasaki
With John Gallagher
Wednesday, September 22 at 7:00 pm. Register here!
Albert and Julius Kahn: The Invention of the Modern Factory
Author and architectural historian Michael G. Smith discussed how Albert and Julius revolutionized modern day factories. Watch the recording below:
Albert Kahn Designs Detroit – Talk with Michael Hodges
Renowned author and journalist Michael H. Hodges explained how a young immigrant became one of the most prolific architects of the 20th century. Watch the recording below: