Lafayette Park | Location: Detroit | Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe | Built: 1963 | Units: Two-story townhomes, apartment towers, and one-story villas. | Notable: The development, which serves as an example of a successful mixed-income community, includes recreation facilities, a school, and a shopping center. The neighborhood features the largest collection of buildings designed by Miles van der Rohe.
Lafayette Park | Location: Detroit | Architect: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe | Built: 1963 | Units: Two-story townhomes, apartment towers, and one-story villas. | Notable: The development, which serves as an example of a successful mixed-income community, includes recreation facilities, a school, and a shopping center. The neighborhood features the largest collection of buildings designed by Miles van der Rohe.

Lafayette Park is the first urban renewal project in the country still functioning as it was intended—offering affordable, market-rate housing. The inner penetration of small and large outdoor spaces are set into courtyards, with different views outside and an open landscape. And the parking configuration is depressed 4 feet from the building. While the development’s townhomes take up most of the site, the towers are expressed as background rather than objects.

—Michael Poris, principal/AIA, McIntosh Poris Associates, Birmingham, Mich.