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UCLA architect Greg Lynn reenvisions site of abandoned factory in Detroit

His conceptual design is showcased at the U.S. Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennale

Design by UCLA architect Greg Lynn

Greg Lynn designed the Center for Fulfillment, Knowledge and Innovation for the site of a milelong abandoned building that once housed a bustling Packard automobile factory in Detroit.

The United States Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the premiere showcase for architects and designers worldwide, is currently exhibiting a conceptual design by Greg Lynn, UCLA professor of architecture and urban design and the head of Greg Lynn FORM. The biennale, which opened to the public May 28 in Venice, Italy, will run through Nov. 27.

Greg Lynn FORM was among 12 of the best contemporary architecture and design teams from across America chosen to “re-imagine” four abandoned or under-utilized sites in downtown Detroit for the US Pavilion’s exhibition, “The Architectural Imagination” and answer the challenge of solving environmental and social concerns surrounding the postindustrial city in the 21st century.

To do that, Lynn created “the Center for Fulfillment, Knowledge and Innovation” on a mile-long abandoned building that once housed a bustling Packard automobile factory in Detroit. Lynn’s reimagined complex would house robotic manufacturing, autonomous transportation and online retail, among other uses. With the help of a HoloLens, developed by Microsoft and Trimble, Lynn was able to move and insert virtual 3-D models as holograms into a real-world model, seamlessly crossing from the computer screen to the physical space.

“The technology enabled the architect to quickly analyze various scenarios in the context of the physical environment, consequently shortening the design cycle,” according to the online newsletter designboom.

A video that accompanies Lynn’s design:

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