The architects at Albert Kahn Associates are getting amped just thinking about renovating the Packard Plant, one of Albert Kahn's most famous designs. They've pulled old blueprints, and have released this Crayola-colored rendering as a teaser. Unfortunately, Kahn staffers don't even know what sort of condition the Packard is in yet, as no one has gone to the site for an assessment. Sounds like a fun field trip! Sure, the Packard Plant was built out of reinforced concrete, but unchecked fire and scrappers hungry for steel support beams have turned parts of the complex into the world's largest game of Jenga — if Jenga released a cloud of asbestos at the end of the game. We're forecasting several more rounds of publicity trolling before developer Bill Hults calls it quits.
· In Ultimate Uphill Battle, Developer Pursues Packard Plant [Curbed Detroit]
· Kahn firm excited to start Packard project [Det News]