26-28 Feb / Fieldwork / Toledo-Detroit Itinerary

Link to Map of Sites


  • Times for Toledo and Detroit are EST.  We lose an hour between Chicago and Toledo.
  • Items in pink are by appointment, please arrive 10-15 m early.

26 Feb – Chicago > Toledo > Detroit

09:00  – Leave Chicago, 4-4.5 hrs by car on 90/94
13:00   – arrive Toledo Museum of Art
14:45* – Meet by Calder Sculpture
                 split into 2 groups of 45: A and B
15:00* – Group A and B glass blowing demonstrations – $5.00/each
16:00* – Group B guided tour of Glass Pavilion (SANAA) and Mech Systems
17:00* – Group A guided tour of Glass Pavilion (SANAA) and Mech Systems

18:00* – Self-guided visit Toledo Museum of Art / University Art Center (Gehry)

  (Drive to Detroit approx 60 min, overnight in Detroit)

27 Feb – Detroit

08:45*  – Arrive Eastern Market Offices, 2934 Russell St, Detroit.
09:00* – Talk by Dan Carmody, Eastern Market President

– Red Bull House of Art
– Lafayette Park
– Belle Isle Aquarium / Anna Scripps Conservatory
– Pewabic Pottery
– Packard Automotive Plant (abandoned)
– The Rust Belt Market (Ferndale)
– Disneyland” (Hamtramck)
– Powerhouse Productions
– DIA Detroit Institute of Art
– N’Namdi / MOCA Museum of Contemporary Art
– Michigan Building Parking Garage
– Michigan Central Station
The Alley Project

   (overnight in Detroit)

28 Feb – Detroit > Cranbrook > Chicago

easily accessed en route:

– Cranbrook Academy of Art (Eliel Saarinen)
– Cranbrook Schools Williams Natatorium (Williams Tsien)
– Cranbrook Institute of Science (Steven Holl)
– U Michigan / Taubman School of Architecture

Additional Notes:

  1. The trip is voluntary for students and faculty.
  2. Student waivers are required.
  3. Room, transport, and miscellaneous costs are an individual responsibility – not arranged or subsidized by IIT.
  4. For sites other than those arranged by appointment, students may follow the proposed itinerary or improvise according to their interests.
  5. For ease and general safety, it is advisable to tour Detroit by car in groups.
  6. Finding parking is rarely an issue.
  7. Students with visas should be very careful not to drive into Canada unless their visa permits that.

Link to Map of Sites

06 / Investigation / Site as Learning Landscape

06 / Montessori / Site as Learning Landscape


Step 1: Observation and Revision

Observe the site within its immediate urban context. The studio will approach this investigation through a layering of different scales (1”=32’-0”; 1”=64’-0”) and subjects. The product will be a breakdown of different urban layers that you will represent in separate diagrams, drawings, paintings, models, etc.. Additional layers and subjects may need to be added following your initial site investigation. Each of you will sign-up for two layers/subjects on the list and graphically communicate your analysis using your chosen medium(s).

Step 2: Analysis and Applicability

How can the immediate site extend the learning environment? What other necessary functions and interactions occur there? How do site layers have agency as independent systems, in relation to each other, and in relation to building systems? What kind of criteria does your analysis deliver that impacts the project?

Due Dates

  • Mon, Feb. 22: 2D & 3D Site Drawings/Models (Site Visit)
  • Wed, Feb. 24: Physical Site Models (Workshop here.)
  • Wed, Mar. 02: Extensive and Intensive Site Layers

Full text here.