The New Zocalo is an urban platform. A Mexican Spanish word for public plaza, like that at the center of Mexico City, zócalo is here defined as an elevated plinth. Hovering above street level and aligned with the adjacent rail yard, the plinth’s colorful textured paving traverses a series of gardens while broad oblique walkways connect formal and informal destinations.
The Center for Fulfillment, Knowledge, and Innovation is a reimagination of the historic Detroit Packard Plant. The new complex combines a transport hub, industrial park, factory, and university, to transform the Packard Plant in response to accelerated innovation in robotic manufacturing, autonomous transportation, and online retail. The architecture of the new complex prioritizes flow, movement, and processing—an interconnected network of products, people, robots, and ideas. . . .