Gräbner and Hansen: Scaling Social Sustainability

January 25, 2022

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Presented by Taubman College

At VolumeOne, Lars Gräbner and Christina Hansen design livable, integrated urban spaces. No architectural project is too insignificant or too extraordinary for the Detroit-based studio.

“What we find most exciting about our practice is that we have the capability and interest to develop projects ranging from the very small to the extremely large,” says founder Lars Gräbner, an associate professor of practice in architecture at Taubman College. “We’ve designed everything from an announcement stele on a sidewalk to an entire university campus for 15,000 students in China.”

Since its launch in 2011, VolumeOne has acquired and been commissioned for 70 projects in the United States, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, and China. These projects include several high-profile urban mixed-use and residential developments in Detroit and Chicago, as well as cultural, educational, civic, residential, and commercial developments in such far-flung locations as Hefei, Bengbu, and Ma’anshan China; Zaragoza and Majorca, Spain; and Reutlingen and Kiel, Germany. In countries such as China, VolumeOne customarily creates the original architectural design and then works closely with an architect of record who knows the local laws and regulations, handles the permitting for the job, and does the execution drawings. The secret of VolumeOne’s success is its focus on urbanism and its ability to design livable, integrated urban spaces, according to Gräbner.

 

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