Talk Back To The City

YOUR TEXT HERE

YOUR TEXT HERE is a participatory, site-specific light installation, created by Marcos Zotes. For the occasion of DLECTRICTY, an outdoor light art festival that took place in Detroit last October, the architect transformed the façade of a large heat production plant into a giant display board that reflected the variety of voices existent in the area.

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Urban Agriculture, Part 1: The Community Gardens

In 1932 Frank Lloyd Wright presented the so-called Broadacre City in his book ‘The Disappearing City’. “The Broadacre City, where every family will have at least an acre of land, is the inevitable municipality of the future… We live now in cities of the past, slaves of the machine and of traditional building. We cannot…

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Fan Videos For Cities

Fan videos for musicians have become a pretty major part of the online video-streaming world. With increasingly accessible prices for digital video equipment, and user-friendly editing software, expressing your love for your favourite indie band through mash-up edits of kittens dancing on pianos has never been easier. But what if you’re a really big fan…

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Detroit: $500 Home On The Ruins Of Fordism

Five people from the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning transformed an abandoned house in Detroit into their own design lab. The students bought a 500 dollar house to rethink the concept of the one-family house and sub-urbanism while re-designing it. The ruins of capitalism that Detroit is transforming into has…

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How The Car Drained Detroit

The decline of Detroit is often explained by the fall of the Fordist economy in the city after the global shift to Post-Fordism. In this theory the disappearance of mainly the car industry is directly connected to the vacancy problems that Detroit is facing nowadays. Indeed, during the last decades the fall of the automobile…

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Detroit: The Next Berlin?

NPR recently wrote about an interesting piece of bottom-up urbanism in Detroit. A collective started by Mitch and Gina Cope recruits artists from around the world to move to the Motor City, buy the foreclosed houses and rebuild. The ideamakers hope that the prospect of inexpensive housing will help lure other artists to their Detroit…

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